The Adventures of Ellery Queen
CBS Anacin Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:00 pm 1945 - 1946 (240-291)
Producer/Director: Bob Steel
Announcer: Don Hancock
Scripts: Frederic Dannay (Anthony Boucher), Manfred B. Lee
Stars: Sydney Smith (Ellery), Santos Ortega (Inspector Queen),
Ted de Corsia (Velie), Gertrude Warner (Nikki Porter)
Man who was Afraid"
Guest Armchair Detective: Judge Jonah J. Goldstein (N.Y. Court of General Sessions, Republican candidate for mayor of New York)
08-22-45 :30:00* Announced in Wisconsin State Journal
Guest Armchair Detective: Capt. Charles S. Vaughn (Master pilot captain with Pan American World Airways, credited with eighty-four Atlantic flights and more than 13,000 flying hours)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 07-23-54 (Episode 2)
A mystery in which fear, real and imagined, take the leading role. A distinguished actor is obsessed by the idea that he is actually the homicidal character he portrays.
"The Blue Egg"
Repeated on 02-26-48 (Episode 342)
Guest Armchair Detective: Virginia MacWatters (opera singer)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 09-24-54 (Episode 11)
An impossible crime has been committed. Where is that missing fabulous blue sapphire?
Written by Dannay/Lee held in reserve for "emergencies".
"The Lost Soul"
Guest Armchair Detective: Shep Fields (musician, bandleader, just returned from tour of Germany and France.)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 09-10-54 (Episode 9)
Central figure is an artist so obsessed with one of his paintings that his wife believes him mad and calls in a psychiatrist. The climax comes when the great work is found slashed to ribbons.
"The Green House"
Guest Armchair Detective: George V. Denny Jr. (associate director of the New York League for Political Education and moderator of the Town Hall network programs)
08-29-45 :30:00* Announced in Wisconsin State Journal
Guest Armchair Detective: Evelyn Wyckoff (singing star of Oklahoma)
A double-feature mystery with two crimes in one show.
"Ellery Queen, Cupid"
Guest Armchair Detective: Edith Spencer (radio's "Aunt Jenny")
The story is tailored to Aunt Jenny's style, for Ellery has no crime to solve, but a problem in romance, as the title suggests. The Great Man has detected numerous murderers, thieves, forgers and other types of criminals in his time, and now the master sleuth is called on to detect a lover. Ellery goes through all the motions of an exciting case and breathless chase just to play cupid. No crime but plenty of mystery and suspense as he tries to discover which of the veterans who frequent a creative arts studio returning service man is sending anonymous love notes to a plain woman who works there.
"The Kid Glove Killer"
Guest Armchair Detective: Eddie Dowling (actor, Broadway producer, author)Repeat performance guest: Carol Stone (Broadway actress)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 04-22-55 (Episode 41) as Question of Size" aka "The Kid Glove Killer"
The Kid Glove Killer seems to be four men in one. Each time he strikes the eye-witness description is different - but always at the scene of the crime is found a man's kid glove, size 8. (The ABC Weekly)
"The Other Man"
Guest Armchair Detective: Jan Clayton (singing star in the New York musical Carousel)
Repeat performance guest: Danton Walker (newspaper columnist)
The master detective throws fast switch and springs a surprise in his dramatization of a mystery story in which a man finds himself betrayed. Ellery investigates a murder at an exclusive masquerade ball where each of the 52 guests came dressed as a playing card.
"The Repentant Thief"
Guest Armchair Detective: Commander Henry H.Hale (US Navy Officer, skipper of aircraft carrier Franklin)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 02-18-55 (Episode 32)
Ellery misses death by an inch three times. Three times he is shot at and three times the bullet whizzes past his head, only an inch away. Who is responsible? There are three possibilities but each time he is fired at a different person is the only one who could have fired. Surely all three are not prospective murderers - or are they? (The ABC Weekly)
The program will unfold an absorbing, suspense story with a setting in a strange house in a lonely part of the mountains where Ellery and Nikki take shelter after their car runs out of gasoline during a heavy rainstorm.
"The Halloween Murder"
Guest Armchair Detective: Edward Everett Horton (actor, comedian)
Queen and Nikki start out for a night of fun at an old-fashioned Halloween party, only to find that there can be death even in the innocent game of ducking for apples.
"The Message in Red"
Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher
Chet Kinsbury (music), Frank Mellow (sound effects), James Rinaldi (sound engineer), Virginia Dwyer (commercial spokeswoman).
Guest Armchair Detective: Victor Jory (actor)
Three women are murdered on the same night with the same gun.
The master detective matches his brilliant intuition against a ruthless killer, who commits a series of apparently unrelated murders of perfectly innocent women.
"The Message in Red" was followed
by a Mr. and Mrs. North episode where Ellery Queen helped to
solve "The Murder in Mink"
"Pamela and Jerry North are amazed when stalking a nightclub murderer to discover private detective Ellery Queen trailing them and the killer!" (The Circleville Herald from Circleville, Ohio November 6, 1945)
"The Happy Marriage"
"The Ape's Boss"
"The Doodle of Mr. O'Drew"
Guest Armchair Detective: Vera Zorina (actress/dancer)
Repeated on 05-13-48 as "Nikki Porter, Starlet" (Episode 353)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 01-14-55 (Episode 27) "The Doodling of Mr. O'Drew"
The mystery arises from the murder of a phony talent-scout, Timothy O'Drew, and the seven numbers he has doodled on a date pad. From these numbers Ellery deduces who killed O'Drew. (The ABC Weekly)
"The Peddler of Death"
Guest Armchair Detective: Helen Hayes (actress)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 12-31-54 (Episode 25)
The problem Ellery Queen needs to solve hinges on the syllable "et", gasped by a dying man. Does it refer to the dance-band leader Eddie Etna? (The ABC Weekly)
Ellery and Nikki will find themselves a split second away from violent death as he tries to find out which member of a Jazz band has been supplying it's lead singer with narcotics. Before Ellery can question him he is murdered.
OFFICIALS of Whitehall Pharmacal Co., New York, makers of Anacin and sponsors of "Ellery Queen" on CBS, were guests of Ruthrauff & Ryan Inc. and CBS when they attended a broadcast in conjunction with a supervisors sales conference in New York. Shown (L to R) are Del Dunning, Ruthrauff & Ryan; L. Bernegger, Whitehall sales manager; Miss Gertrude Warner, who plays Nikki Porter on "Ellery Queen"; R. G. Rettig, Whitehall advertising manager; Watson Lee, CBS sales department. (Broadcasting, December 10. 1945)
"The Man with Two Faces"
Guest Armchair Detective: Major General Emmanuel E. Lombard (retired French liaison officer for General De Gaulle and General Eisenhower)
Repeat performance guest: Vera Zorina (actress/dancer)
Announced guest NY Evening Post 12-12-45: Sir Cedric Hardwick (stage & film actor)
A woman begins to suspect that the veteran who came home after the war, with a new face after plastic surgery, is an impostor. The man is stabbed to death a second man shows up claiming to be married to the woman.
"The Curious Thefts"
Guest Armchair Detective: Ralph Morgan (actor)
Repeat performance guest: Virginia Vale (actress)
Condensed story in Story Digest 9-46
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 11-05-54 (Episode 17)
The case concerns Cornelius Benedict, a novelist, from whom is stolen a shoe, then his dental plate and finally his reading glasses. Later, Mr. Benedict is murdered.
"The Man Who Loved Murders"
Guest Armchair Detective: Jean Sablon (French singer)
Repeated on 05-27-48 as "Mr. Gregory Snye" (Episode 355)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 03-04-55 (Episode 34) "The Man Who Loved Trouble"
The crime revolves around Gregory Snye, whom Ellery Queen calls "the most unpleasant character I've ever met". This man gets a peculiar thrill out of causing trouble - enticing others to commit murder. Then Gregory Snye is himself murdered - a crossbow arrow through the neck (The ABC Weekly).
"The Reign of Terror"
A 4-part murder mystery (sales presentation) program for G. Washington Coffee, not a broadcast. The story has an almost graphic sex scene! It's doubtful anything this racy was ever broadcast. The solution to the crime is the most far-fetched imaginable. An elaborate and very clever sales presentation.
It features a nearly fully-staged sex scene, and ends with Inspector Queen saying "Well I'll be god damned."
Two impossible crimes have taken place: a man is murdered in a stalled elevator, another dies on a street in full view of a policeman. There is no discernible cause of death for either body. The next day, a couple with no clothes on are both found dead in a locked room. "Flakesy, the mobster," dies right on schedule.
"The Lost Hoard"
"The Various Deaths of Mr. Frayne"
Guest Armchair Detective: Arthur Godfrey (radio star)
The deaths of Mr. Frayne prove again that nothing is what it seems in an Ellery Queen crime show. Ivan Frayne was a distinguished novelist but his death is a bigger story than any he ever wrote in his lifetime. A puzzler to the last, it gives the master sleuth one of his worst headaches as he unravels the curious case Frayne and his "loving" family. Did he commit suicide or not?
"The Green Eye"
Guest Armchair Detective: Morgan Conway (ex-FBI agent, actor who plays Dick Tracy)
Possibly repeated on 04-01-48 as "The Vanishing Crook" aka "The Man Who Wasn't There" (Episode 347)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 03-25-55 (Episode 37) as "The Case of the Green Eye" aka "The Adventure of the Green Eye"
An international jewel thief baffles the police of two continents. The chase leads from New York to London, with Ellery investigating the crime in competition with Scotland Yard and New York's finest.
"The Lovely Racketeer"
Guest Armchair Detective: James L. Cox (American inventor and holder of NAM Pioneer Award for his work on lighting)
A female robber gets killed by one of three men in her criminal organisation.
|Santos Ortega asked to take a leave of absence for several weeks. Manfred changed Boucher's synopsis for the next episode (adding the near-fatal attack) (Nevins)|
"Ellery Queen's Tragedy"
Guest Armchair Detective: unknown
Cooperating with the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, had a special guest, a national figure who will make a personal appeal for public support of the March of Dimes campaign. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Two men, each claiming to be a famous French mystery writer show up in New York. A fortune of wartime US royalties awaits the real writer. The impostor shoots Inspector Queen and leaves him near dead.
Note: On this day the finale of the March of Dimes campaign was on several stations. It was highlighted by a talk by president Harry S. Truman.
"The Fifteenth Floor"
Guest Armchair Detective: Marjorie Rambeau (actress in the Broadway play Dearly Beloved)
This psychological baffler is the story of a man who came out of prison with only one thought, to kill. Usually Ellery is required to ferret out a murderer but in this case it appears that he will have to determine the victim. Events take a surprising twist.
"The Living Death"
Guest Armchair Detective: Belita (ice skater/actress)
Repeat performance guest: James L.Cox (inventor)
Ellery is asked by an old friend to investigate an almost 40-year-old murder which has led the woman he loves to move into the musty old home where all the suspects still live.
"The Three Fencers"
Guest Armchair Detective: Willie Mosconi (pool expert, world pocket billiards champion)
Repeat performance guest: Eugene List (pianist)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 01-07-55 (Episode 26)
Three fencers learn that lessons are not the only things costly in a fencing school. A female fencer from France was stabbed to death with a foil. Ellery investigates.
"The Ninth Mrs. Pook"
Guest Armchair Detective: Craig Rice (mystery writer)
Repeat performance guest: Dick Joy (radio announcer)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 08-27-54 (Episode 7)
A modern Bluebeard story. Ellery, Nikki and Sergeant Velie take convalescing Inspector Queen away to a Winter resort for a rest. The party runs into a pleasant, elderly little man who has killed eight wives and gotten away with it.
"The Phantom Shadow"
Guest Armchair Detective: Alfred Eichler (advertising executive/ mystery writer)
Repeat performance guest: Jean Meegan (newspaperwoman)
In this Queen, Nikki Porter witnesses a murder, sees the killer and the victim, but fails to identify either.
"The Clue of the Elephant"
Guest Armchair Detective: Betty Forsling (Newsweek radio editor)
Repeat performance guest: Sam Spiegel (radio producer)
30 years ago some circus people, while stranded in South America, found a hoard of Mayan gold and formed a survivor-takes-all tontine. Murders begin to strike and a pregnant pachyderm helps Ellery to the solution.
"The Man Who Waited"
Script: Fred Dannay, Manfred B. Lee
Adapted as "Cold Money" (This Week, 03-20-52 and collected in Q.B.I., 1955)
Guest Armchair Detective: Orson Welles (made also an appeal for the Red Cross)
A fourth gang member betrayed his companions and stole the loot. Which of three payroll robbers recently released from prison killed him?
"The Armchair Detective"
Guest Armchair Detective: Private Pat Berkely (wounded Army Medical Corpsman in Halloran Hospital)
Repeated on 3-18-48 (Episode 345)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 05-13-55 (Episode 44)
The Armchair detective is murdered whilst Ellery Queen is on the air. Ellery finds the solution before the show ends.
"The Death Wish"
Guest Armchair Detective: Con Colleano (acrobat tight wire artist from Ringling Brother-Barnum and Bailey Circus appearing in New York's Madison Square Garden.)
Repeat performance guest: six of the "Goldwyn girls"
A man desires to die, but hasn't the courage to take his own life. It's the story of a human tragedy with Ellery, as an amateur psychologist, attempting to rebuild a broken life. He races against death to save a human being. Ellery will be helped in his effort to save from destruction the man with the will to die, by Nikki Porter and Inspector Queen.
|The Library and Archives Canada has an unnamed, incomplete Anacin broadcast (2nd part) dated April 4. 1946. Possibly 270...|
"The Girl who couldn't get Married"
Guest Armchair Detective: Carolyn Rolland (associate editor of the magazine Seventeen)
In his radio thriller, Ellery himself falls in love with a frustrated girl, who is unable to catch a husband. This crush sort of dashes a stream of water on the torch which his secretary, Nikki Porter has been carrying for the slick sleuth. Ellery gets himself hopelessly entangled and nearly loses his neck.
|Gertrude Warner is taking a two week holiday and has been written out of the script. On tonight's show she'll be shot off mike and listeners will get the impression Nikki is still around, for they'll hear her labored breathing in a hospital bed. Yet the real Nikki ”Miss Warner” will be miles away. (The Knickerbocker News, Albany, Mike Mann, April 17, 1946)|
"Nikki Porter, Murder Victim"
Guest Armchair Detective: six of the "Goldwyn girls"
Plot De Muerte Natural by Rafael Burnal used by permission
The master detective needs plenty of assistance. He has spring fever, and is lethargic so that even the challenge of a clueless killing in a series of brutal jewel robberies, fails to arouse his interest. That is until Nikki Porter gets shot. A second attempt is made by a man in a surgical outfit and Ellery strikes back hard and fast.
"The Man Who Bought One Grape"
Guest Armchair Detective: James P. Markham (Attorney of Houston, Texas)
Repeat performance guest: James H. Pepkin (Texan)
In Texas there is a poker hand peculiar to that state known as "The Blaze" This fact is essential to the solution hence the choice of guests.
Ellery can use help. His pretty secretary, Nikki Porter, is taking a holiday, leaving him with a substitute assistant Pixy Wackstatter who isn't satisfactory, and what's more finds him a poor exchange for her idea of a tough detective. Queen is reluctant to behave like a blood-and-thunder private cop. An eccentric one-eyed millionaire has been buying one grape a day from an Italian fruit vendor. He apparently used them as replacement for his stolen glass eye. Then the thief is murdered.
"The Rhubarb Solution"
Guest Armchair Detective: Joan Edwards (singer)
Repeat performance guest: Saul Pett (newspaper columnist)
A dollar bill with a nail polish message aids in finding a farm woman who disappeared
|The Library and Archives Canada has an unnamed, incomplete broadcast dated May 6. 1946 starring Sidney Smith. Possibly 274 ...|
"The Nine Mile Clue"
Guest Armchair Detective: Red Barber (sportscaster)
Repeat performance guest: Muriel Babcock (magazine editor)
The country life is so pure and simple, says Nikki, admiringly when she, Ellery and the rest of the Queen "gang" of sleuths go on an upstate outing. She learns it is neither when the party runs into the curious case of the garage partner who disappeared. Ellery is hot on the trail of a cold corpse.
In need of auto repairs Ellery and Nikki stop in a small town. The garage owner is killed and Ellery's car gets involved...
"The Crime in the Darkness"
Ellery investigates a case where a man uses telepathy in stead of his eyes.
"The Hollywood Murder Case"
Guest Armchair Detective: Elsa Miranda (The "Chiquita Banana" girl)
Announced armchair detective: Lucille Ball (comedienne)
Repeat performance guest: Lucille Ball (comedienne)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 10-08-54 (Episode 13)
Ellery and Nikki in Hollywood. Ellery wants to write a screenplay based on the murder of a famous director. Another director claims to have a piece of the movie soundtrack that implicates a famous actress of the crime. Then soundtrack is stolen and the second director murdered.
|The Library and Archives Canada has an unnamed broadcast dated May 25. 1946. Possibly 277...|
"The Laughing Woman"
Guest Armchair Detective: Francis Lederer (actor)
Repeat performance guest: John Reed King (radio announcer)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 06-10-55 (Episode 48)
A neurotic wife leaves her husband for a racketeer. The husband becomes prime suspect when that racketeer is murdered.
|Trudy Warner was first married in June 1946, prompting a voluntary suspension of her Radio career and her departure from the successful Ellery Queen Mystery program. Nikki was written out of the script until the middle of July when Charlotte Keane took over.|
"The Mr. Warren's Profession"
Guest Armchair Detective: Dorothy Dunn (contest winner from Ohio, guest editor of Charm magazine)
Repeat performance guest: Barbara Lewis (secretary)
A professional blackmailer who had the strange habit of making puns about book titles is murdered . Just before dying he ran a bell over and over...
"The Great Spy Puzzle"
Guest Armchair Detective: John Reed King (radio announcer, quiz master)
Repeat performance guest: Archie Mayo (movie director)
A man is killed in front of both Nikki and Ellery. He offered them fragments of a piece of paper. He didn't get the time to explain but they can make out the word Ft. Haust on one fragment.
"Cokey and the Pizza"
Guest Armchair Detective: Elsa Miranda (The "Chiquita Banana" girl)
Repeat performance guest: Francis Lederer (actor)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 07-01-55 (Episode 51)
Whilst Ellery is investigating how a gangster trapped in a room above an Italian restaurant gets his supplies of cocaine, the man is murdered.... by a Penguin. Inspector Queen wants Cokey Cox to sing in the worst way... Cokey is no Caruso, his song will jail a dangerous mob.
"The Devil Die"
aka "The Double Die"
Guest Armchair Detective: Joseph Curtin and Alice Frost (stars of radio's Mr. and Mrs. North appearing as those characters)
Announced armchair detective: Dolores Moran (actress)
A gambler asks Ellery to investigate who uses loaded dice. Then Ellery is called away: in Indiana his phone number turned up in the hotel room of a vanished corpse. The gambler is murdered and leaves a clue: two dice turned to show threes.
Note: The appearance of Dolores Moran is announced in a newspaper but unlikely see 283*
"The War Bride"
Guest Armchair Detective: Dolores Moran (actress)
Repeat performance guest: Richard Long (actor)
Ellery attempts to solve a difficult dilemma in a situation of current interest. Drawn into the affairs of an American soldier determined to marry a foreign girl he met overseas, despite the furious antagonism of his family. Ellery plays Cupid when he perceives the "opposition" has murderous intentions.
"The Confidential Butler"
aka "The Confidential Agent"
Guest Armchair Detective: Wallace C. Siple (Canadian flying ace and trail blazer of world's first overseas freight route for RAF Ferry Command.)
Repeat performance guest: Sunny Skylar (songwriter)
A butler blackmails three of his former employers and gets murdered. A tea-brewing clue helps Ellery out.
|The Library and Archives Canada has an unnamed broadcast production release date July 10. 1946. Possibly 284 ...|
"The Ultra-Modern Murder"
Guest Armchair Detective:
Alan Baxter (actor, leading man of Voice of the Turtle)
Repeat performance guest: Ed Hall (newspaper editor)
A woman is murdered whilst entering a surrealist art studio. She pulled a light cord made of a snake's tail firing off an antique dueling pistol in the hand of a Venus statue facing the door.
"The Golden Key"
Guest Armchair Detective: Ben Hecht (writer)
Repeat performance guest: Maxwell Hamilton (magazine editor)
Three young college students are the focal point of attempted murder. A Phi Beta Kappa-key points Ellery in the right direction.
"The Man Who Got Away with Murder"
Guest Armchair Detective: Ray Bolger (actor, dancer)
A lawyer phones in and confesses to a series of recent murders.
To get the better of Ellery he then claims the caller was an impostor. The lawyer is stabbed to death.
"The First Night"
Guest Armchair Detective: Milton Berle (comedian)
Repeat performance guest: Joan Edwards (singer)
During a seaside vacation Ellery tries to enjoy a first night opening of a play by the local summer theater company.
"Bis to Cal" aka "Bis and Cal"
Guest Armchair Detective: Paula Stone (actress)
Repeat performance guest: Benny Baker (comedian)
A financier turns to Ellery after receiving a ransom note with his daughter's thumbprint in blood. But is she really kidnapped?
In this athletic mystery story, slick sleuth Queen takes up boxing lessons. Pleased with his progress, he decides that he has the punch of Joe Louis and tilt footwork of Jim Corbett. So, he tries to show off and lands flat on his back. A shrewd killer takes advantage of the master detective’s predicament and commits a murder practically under Ellery Queen’s eyes, which are closed at the time. The murderer packs his lethal blow in front of four persons and none of them can put a finger on him.
"The Doomed Man"
Guest Armchair Detective: Marsha Hunt (actress)
A young woman gets blamed for the murder of a patriarch. A candlestick clue is all Ellery needs.
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