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Season 7

"The Adventures of Ellery Queen"
   CBS Anacin Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:00 pm 1946 - 1947 (292-318)
    Producer/Director: Bob Steel
    Announcer: Don Hancock
    Scripts: Anthony Boucher, Manfred B. Lee
    Stars: Sydney Smith, Richard Coogan and Lawrence Dobkin (Ellery),
              
Santos Ortega and Bill Smith (Inspector Queen), 
               Ted de Corsia and  Ed Latimer (Velie), Charlotte Keane (Nikki Porter)



Fragment form a letter dated 16. September 1946 announcing the return of the Ellery Queen radio adventures...


292* "Ellery Queen, Criminal"
             10-09-46 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Jean Sablon (vocalist)  

             While tracking down a thief-impersonator Ellery gets beaten up and is held
             prisoner in a Hotel room, guarded by a woman.  Back in New York Nikki
             doesn't recognize him and to worsen matters the woman guard is murdered
              in a room of dust.

Program of  10-16 pre-empted as CBS decided to present a documentary dramatization "The Empty Noose", in connection with the Nuremberg executions. Followed at 9:15 with a pool broadcast after the executions in Nuremberg.

293* "The Woman who Died Several Times" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             10-23-46 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher

             Guest Armchair Detective: John Carradine (actor) 


             A politician confesses shooting his mistress. Only she appears to be alive
             and well as she managed to let the politician shoot blanks. Some time later
             a well-known book reviewer comes up with the same story, only this time
             she really is dead.

             Carradine comments that he needs an aspirin (not an Anacin)...

At some point between this episode and Episode 307 three of the four regular cast were replaced. Richard Coogan took over from Sydney Smith as Ellery, Bill Smith from Santos Ortega as Inspector Queen and Ed Latimer from Ted De Corsia as Sergeant Velie, Charlotte Keane remained as Nikki Porter

294* "Ellery Queen's Rival" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             10-30-46 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher

             Guest Armchair Detective: Rear Admiral H.B. Miller
(Retired Navy admiral, now
             TWA vice-president of public relations and author) who speaks from WTOP,
             Washington, D.C.will direct the audience's attention to Navy Day.

             Ellery isn't at his best. He's distressed because his secretary-assistant,  pretty
             Nikki Porter, has become interested in another mystery writer, a competitor. While
             dating Nikki and Larry Kinnaire (Connair?) come across a  locked room murder.
             Soon another locked room  murder occurs
which brings the two detectives
             together and they vie frantically with each other to be first to solve it - all to win
             Nikki's favor.

295* "The Crime of Inspector Queen" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher
             Guest Armchair Detective: Paul Douglas (actor, Broadway star
)

             Inspector Queen has to pick up Joe Krupp, accused murderer  willing
             to testify against his boss. On the way back from LA Krupp is killed
             and Inspector Queen is the prime suspect. Fortunately Ellery went along...

296* "The Uneasy Voyage" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             11-13-46 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee, Carmina Freeman & Tom Everitt
             Guest Armchair Detective: Carmina Freeman (editorial director of
             Baffling  Detective magazine)

             Ellery tries to prevent a murder on a ocean liner. Soon after discovery
             of the presence of a professional hit man, the French patriot is murdered.

            
Carmina Freeman presents an award to the program. Ellery announces
             that as of next week's program, the "Guest Armchair Detective" will be
             contacted by telephone from among the listeners.

Ellery Queen is trying an experiment which will extend the scope of his murder mystery series. Beginning tonight, he will reach out all over the United States, by long distance phone, to call on listeners for their solutions. The voices of the guest will not be heard on the air, but his reported solution will be given, and then compared to Queen's solution. (11-20-46 The Chester Times)

297* "The Prizefighter's Birthday" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             11-20-46 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Richard Manoff

             Guest Armchair Detective: reached through telephone Columbus, Ohio
             Announced armchair detective (10-23-46): Richard Arlen (screen star)

             A prizefighter is asked to throw his 26th fight, he refuses and gets a
             bomb package which nearly kills him.

298* "Ellery Queen, Blackmail Victim" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             11-27-46 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Tom Everitt
             Guest Armchair Detective: reached through telephone Chicago, Illinois

             A journalist threatens to kill innocent people if he isn't paid
             $25,000 to be delivered by Ellery. An ambush is laid out, the criminal
             escapes after having hidden the money in the morgue

299* "Ellery Queen, Gigolo" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             12-04-46 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher
             Guest Armchair Detective: reached through telephone Cambridge, 
             Massachusetts

             When investigating a jewel robbery Ellery goes undercover in a
             escort service. The woman running the service is murdered in
             the street clutching a chess piece.

300* "The Old Man's Darling" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             12-11-46 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher
             Guest Armchair Detective: reached through telephone in Indiana

             Ellery has the chance to earn $ 5,000 for a children's fund to
             investigate if old John Spuyten's young nurse has been stealing.
             During the investigation the nurse is murdered.

301* "A Hurricane that Committed Murder" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             12-18-46 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Tom Everitt
             Guest Armchair Detective: reached through telephone

             A man gets murdered by a bomb triggered by a barometer and 
             an approaching hurricane.

302* "Ellery Queen, Santa Claus" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             12-25-46 :30:00* Christmas Show  Repeated on 12-25-47 
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Tom Everitt
             Guest Armchair Detective: reached through telephone in Jersey City,
             New Jersey
           
             Ellery visits a man on death row to try to prove his innocence. A
             $1000 diamond ring on the finger of a movie theatre box office clerk is
             the clue he needs to pull this off.  The trail leads to a department store
             and Santa Claus who is knifed to death! 

303* "The Unhappy New Year"  Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             01-01-47 :30:00* New Year's Show Repeated 01-01-48
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher
             Guest Armchair Detective: reached through telephone in Old
             Greenwich, Connecticut.

             When trying to commit suicide an unhappy advertising man gets
             nearly shot. Inspector Queen solves the case.

304* "The Man who could Vanish" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             01-08-47 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher
             Guest Armchair Detective: Mrs. George Tullis through telephone from
             2424 South 26th St
reet, Arlington, Virginia
             Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and
             local commercials. Airdate 07-16-54 (?)

             Mr. Revenant enters the police station to confess to a murder and says he
             can disappear at will. Put in jail he subsequently disappears without a trace.

305* "The Lollipop Murders"  Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             01-15-47 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Tom Everitt
             Guest Armchair Detective: reached through telephone 

             Ellery is forced on a hoodlum' yacht. A woman left as dying
             message a wrapped lollipop in her mouth.

306* "The Queen Solomon"  Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             01-22-47 :30:00* Repeat of 'The Three Mothers" 11-26-43
             Written by Frederick Dannay & Manfred B.Lee
             Guest Armchair Detective: reached through telephone in Baltimore,
             Maryland

             Mrs. Heather found a baby on her doorstep eight months previously.
             Two women claim to be the real mother. Ellery Queen finds out
both the
             identity of the real mother, and of the murderer who kills her.

307* "The Stone Age Detective"  Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             01-29-47 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Tom Everitt
             Guest Armchair Detective: reached through telephone in Detroit,
             Michigan

            
An 84-year old man paid a famous scientist to find a way to extend his
             life and had a tribesman as bodyguard. To no avail: he gets murdered.

308* "The Haunted House" aka "The Hunted House Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             02-05-47 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Richard Manoff

             
with Richard Coogan (Ellery), Ed Latimer (Velie), Bill Smith (Inspector Queen,
             Charlotte Keane (Nikki)
             Guest Armchair Detective: Victor Jory (actor)

             Sergeant Velie gets himself blackmailed after being photographed in an
             incriminating pose. Ellery tries to help out.

Lawrence Dobkin stepped in to play Ellery Queen

309* "The Green Gorilla's" Radioshow available on the internet...
             02-12-47 :30:00*  Repeated 06-01-47
             Guest Armchair Detective: Jose Ferrer

             A program about juvenile delinquents. Who is  behind the street gang
             "The Green Gorillas." Ellery uses a teen-ager "Bob Brown" to get the
              goods on the gang.

Bill Cullen filling in for regular announcer on the Ellery Queen radioshow, February 19, 1947310* "The Big Brain"  Part of episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             02-19-47 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Tom Everitt
             Announcer: Bill Cullen (standing in)
             Guest Armchair Detective: Jean Parker
            (actress)

             In Florida Ellery and Nikki try to solve the 
             murder of an Argentine businessman out to
             buy American base-ball players

311* "The Strange Death of Mr. Entricson"
             02-26-47 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: June Knight (actress)

             In this locked room murder a lawyer, hired by four racketeers
             looking for legal redemption, gets murdered.

312* "Nikki Porter, Killer"
             03-05-47 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Kendall F. Crossen
*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Alfred Drake (actor, Broadway musical star
)
             Restaged with Australian actors and local commercials.
             Charles Tingwell played Ellery in "Nikki Porter, Suspect" with
             Gypsy Rose Lee as guest armchair detective. Airdate 11-19-54

             Nikki, suffering amnesia, gets blamed for a murder after stepping off a train
             just as the loot from a train robbery disappears from her compartment
             and a bank robber with a broken nose is murdered 

313* "The Crooked Man"
             03-12-47 :30:00*
             Likely adapted as an episode from Dumont TV-series  The Adventures of Ellery
             Queen, 11/30/50
             Guest Armchair Detective: Warren Hull, Parks Johnson (co-hosts radio's Vox Pop)

             A private eye is blackmailing culprits of crimes, many of them have
             committed suicide. Ellery sets a trap by framing himself for Nikki's
             murder. The evidence is in a safe with a time bomb. The clue to to the
             combination is the second verse of the nursery rhyme "Simple Simon"

314* "The Specialist in Cops" WANTED! Believed to be in existence... click here for more...Part of episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             03-19-47 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher
             Guest Armchair Detective: Bela Lugosi (actor), Joan Barton (?)

             Nutsy Yapp specializes in killing police officers for hire, now has kidnapped
             Ellery. Yapp lets him write a note to his father. Can Ellery include a clue to his
             whereabouts?

315* "The Ten Thousand Dollar Bill"  Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             03-26-47 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher
             Guest Armchair Detective: Ted Malone (poetry reader)
             Announced armchair detective: June Knight (actress)

             Ellery and Nikki spends some time at country inn due to a disappearance, an
             embezzlement and a murdered man with a $ 10,000 bill in his hand.

316* "The Man who Murdered a City"  Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
             04-02-47 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Anthony Boucher
            
with Ted Osborne
             Guest Armchair Detective: Andre Baruch (radio announcer), Bea Wain (singer)

             Ellery wants to expose "The Buzzer" who got elected because citizens didn't
             want to vote.
When Ellery tells how he discovered the identity of "The Buzzer,"
             remember that there was no "Z" on a telephone dial!

317* "The Big Fix"
             04-09-47 :30:00*
             Guest Armchair Detective: Tom Torsey (American Indian artist at N.Y.
             Museum of Natural History, known in his Onondage tribe as "Two Arrows.")

             Larry "Hot" Lipps gets murdered. This gambler was just told
             by his doctor he had only a  few weeks to live.

318* "The Redheaded Blonde Brunette" Episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
          aka "The Redhead-Blonde Brunette"
             04-16-47 :30:00*
             Written by Manfred B.Lee & Tom Everitt
             with Kaye Brinker (supporting cast)
             Guest Armchair Detective: Arthur Godfrey (radio personality)

             A night-club singer tries to cash in on the insurance by marrying several
             soldiers. Then she gets murdered.

             Arthur Godfrey sounded either drunk or very sleepy...

NEW YORK, May 24.--Three renewals for half-hour periods on the full network were racked up this week by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Two of the three nighttime shows were re-pacted by Procter & Gamble. Thru Benton & Bowles, the soap company has signed again for the 8 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday period, currently housing Life of Riley. The Compton agency renewed the following half hour for Truth or Consequences.
Whitehall Pharmacal, thru Sullivan, Stauffer, Colwell & Bayles, has renewed the 6:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday period, on which Ellery Queen is slated to replace the Bob Burns Show June 1.
(05-24-47 The Billboard) 

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