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Season 4

  The Adventures of Ellery Queen
   NBC Bromo-Seltzer Thursdays 9:30 - 10:00 pm 1943 - 1944 (146-197)
   East Coast version Saturdays 7:30 - 8:00 pm
   Producer/Director: Bruce Kamman / Bill Tuttle / Bob Steel
   Omroeper: Ernest Chappell
   Scripts: Frederic Dannay, Manfred B. Lee
   Muziek: Charles Paul, organist
   Sterren: Sydney Smith,(Ellery), Santos Ortega (Inspecteur Queen),
                 Ted de Corsia (Velie), Marion Shockley /Helen Lewis
                 (nam 2 maanden over) (Nikki Porter)

Bill Tuttle will direct the "Ellery Queen" show, replacing Bruce Kamman who will concentrate on Hildegarde's "Beat the Band" show (The National Dialy Newspaper of Commercial Radio and Television, New York, New York, Oct 1. 1943)
146* "The Man with 10,000 Enemies"
10-07-43 (West-Coast) or 10-09-43 (East-Coast): 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: B. Cash and Hope Emerson
East: P. Browning and Mary Little (radio columnist)
New York Post announced armchair detectives Ed Pawley (radio star
Big Town) and Mary Little (radio columnist).
147* For a short while Helen Lewis takes over the role of Nikki"The Hopeless Case"
10-14-43 or 10-16-43: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Vic Carroll and  M.E. Keeler
East: Nadine Conner (opera singer) and Mayor Clarence V. Mooney of Asbury Park, N.J.

The story of a man who was accused by the dying victim he is thought to have poisoned.

Right: For a short while Helen Lewis takes over the role of Nikki.
148* "The Frightened Star"
10-21-43 or 10-23-43: 30:00*
Repeat of  7-14-40 (Episode 57)
Script printed in EQMM spring '42
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Earl Carroll (theatrical producer) and Beryl Wallace (showgirl/actress)
East: U.S. navy in observance of Navy Day, Oct. 27, Elizabeth Wright (Seaman First Class) and Harry Goldman (Pharmacist Mate First Class)

A locked-room mystery involving the death of a mysteriously retired Hollywood actress ...

Plot gimmick from The American Gun Mystery (1934)
149* "The Stolen Rembrandt"
10-28-43 or 10-30-43: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Eric Blore (actor) and W. Shaw
East: (Five-phones-and-three-secretaries execs)
Howard S. Palmer (New York. New Haven & Hartford prexy) and
Charles E. Foster (vice-president of Cities Service Oil)
150* "The Vanishing Magician" East Coast radioshow available on the internet... East Coast episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
11-04-43 or 11-06-43: 30:00*
Repeat of  09-15-40 "The Disappearing Magician"(Episode 66)
Written by Frederic Dannay & Manfred B.Lee
Guest Armchair Detective

West: B. Pemberton and Linda Watkins (radio actress)
East: Sonia Bigman (radio editor of Time Magazine) and Edward Pawley (radio star
Big Town)

A has-been vaudevillian promises to disappear from a house to win $25,000

Marion Shockley returns as Nikki

Marian Shockley (sic), who created and has played the role of "Nikki Porter" for five years on the Ellery Queen NBC radio series, was off the air recently for nine weeks because of serious illness. But her voice apparently was heard; Helen Lewis who came to New York six years ago with Marian, and with her tried out for the role, is an expert mimic; she stepped in and imitated her friend Marian (The Lowville leader, Dec 2 1943)

The Ellery Queen cast likes to be heard above the incidental music of the organ, except when guest detectives turn up early, during the dress rehearsal—then, when the crime's solution is given, the organ fairly roars, drowning out all voices. (The Livonia Gazette, November 11. 1943)

151* "The Three Robbers" aka "The Three Dollar Robbery"
11-11-43 or 11-13-43: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives West: Fran Carlon (radio actress) and Edward Pawley (radio star Big Town
East: Linda Watkins (radio actress) and E. McCrane

Ellery is offered $5,000 if he can find a rare $3 gold piece that was stolen during a card game.
152* "The Bullet-Proof Man" 15 minutes Office Of War Information version "The Adventure Of The Wounded Lieutenant" available on the internet... Two versions of this on the West Coast broadcast based episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
11-18-43 or 11-20-43: 30:00*
Written by Frederic Dannay & Manfred B.Lee
West coast version basis for 15 minutes Office Of War Information syndication. "The Adventure Of The Wounded Lieutenant"1
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Mrs. F.Cooper (? not mentioned in OWI), Virginia Field (actress) and Ed Sullivan (columnist)
East: Warren Hull, Parks Johnson (co-host of Vox Pop series)

A brand-new office building gets some queer tenants even before it is officially open for occupancy. The situation leads to murder. Ellery discovers that loose talk by soldiers (while drinking soda-pop!) caused the death of American troops.
Bob Steel takes over as producer director
153* "The Train that Vanished"
11-25-43 or 11-27-43: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detective
West: B.Berg and Lt.V.Perring
East: Boatswain’s Mate First Class John
C. Cullen (US Coastguard member, winner of Legion of Merit medal for trapping Nazi spies) and Lt. Com. Jack Dempsey (US Coastguard member, ex-boxer "The Mauler") Both were making this appearance to salute the first anniversary of the SPARS.

Why does a notorious gangster bothered to steal a child's toy train?
154* "The Dying Message"
12-02-43 or 12-04-43: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Arthur & Kathryn Murray (dance instructors)
East: J.L. Stewart and V.S. Wang

A murdered college professor left the word "me" as his dying message.
155* "The Man who Played Dead"
12-09-43 or 12-11-43: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: D. Caulson and Ginni Young (vocalist)
East: Arthur & Kathryn Murray (dance instructors)
The Brooklyn Eagle announced Ted Collins (Columbia Records talent scout) and Earl Wilson (newspaper columnist) for 12-11-43 (Previous day they announced Mr. & Mrs Arthur Murray)

Hired by an insurance company Ellery looks into an apparent automobile accident which left nothing of the car's passengers except a few cinders.
156* "The Unlucky Man"
12-16-43 or 12-18-43: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Sonya.Bigman (Time Magazine editor) and M. Thompson
East: Ted Collins (Columbia Records talent scout) and Earl Wilson (newspaper columnist)
157* "Dauphin's Doll"
12-23-43 or 12-25-43: 30:00*
Printed as story in the Calendar of Crime (1952)
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Sergeant A. Carlson and Private V. Ellis
East: Private I .Bassett and Pfc. P. Grove

Ellery and the Inspector set out in full force trying to protect a valuable doll with a diamond crown from a thief who has announced that he'll make the figure vanish while it's on exhibit at a major department store, on the day before Christmas.

Written by Manfred B. Lee without input from Fred Dannay
158* "The Invisible Footprints"
12-30-43 or 01-02-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Joan Brooks (vocalist) and Ben Grauer (radio announcer)
East: Pamela Kellino (actress) and A.Reynolds

The armchair sleuths will study the problem of how a human being can walk in freshly-fallen snow a foot deep without leaving prints of his feet. With Ellery, they will have to find that answer before discovering who murdered old Captain Horn, wealthy ship owner.

Grauer, known in radio as the master of ad-libbing, was at one time stand-by announcer for the Ellery Queen show. Betting Ted de Corsia (Sergeant Velie) on the solution for nine consecutive programs, Ben figured as an 'also ran" eight times and guessed the correct answer only once. ...  The Ellery Queen cast will come to the microphone with a brand new set of New Year's resolutions. Announcer Ernest Chappell swears he will never eat nuts before going on the air - they frog up his throat. Inspector Queen (Santos Ortega) expects to solve a case in 1944 - he has yet to solve one. Musical director Charles Paul resolves to sell one of his own songs. Nikki Porter (Marian Shockley), warning that 1944 is a leap year, romantically hopes Ellery will commit himself to something more than, "Nikki takes a note." And the ace sleuth himself resolves to dig up some even more baffling cases for the new year. (Wilmington Daily Press Journal - Dec 30. 1943)
159* "The Disaster Club"
01-06-44 or 01-08-44: 30:00*
Condensed from "The Last Man Club" 06-25-39 (Episode 2)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: John Boles (actor) and Agatha Christie (mystery writer)
East: Joan Brooks (vocalist) and George McManus (comic strip artist)
Announced armchair detectives East: Joan Brooks (CBS vocalist) and  Jack McManus (assistant managing editor of PM)

The case of a man who is struck by a mysterious car as he crosses a street. A cryptic message which involves an artist, a bartender and a fashion designer, among others, leads along a puzzling' trail to attempted wholesale poisoning.
160* "The Mischief Maker" East Coast radioshow available on the internet... East Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress East Coast episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
01-13-44 or 01-15-44: 29:40
Written by Frederic Dannay & Manfred B.Lee
Guest Armchair Detective West: Bill O'Connor (radio announcer) and Gloria Swanson (actress)
East: Ganadine(?) Bean (member US Cadet Nurse Core) Peter Cusack (executive secretary for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis)
The New York Post announced as armchair detectives: Peter Cusack (executive secretary of National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis) and Lucille Petry, (director of the U.S. cadet nurse corps)

Anonymous letters are being sent to people living in an apartment house, causing all kinds of grief. Who's behind it?
       Pamphlet printed by Crippen & Landru as a tribute to Ellery Queen as Ghost of Honor at the 1998 Malice Domestic Mystery convention.Add for Radiola Release 128 an album in it's Crime Series. It has The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe starring Sidney Greenstreet "The Case of the Careless Cleaner" Complete as broadcast on NBC radio November 17, 1950 and on the other side The Adventures of Ellery Queen. The complete murder mystery, as heard on NBC Radio January 20, 1944. Sponsored by Bromo Seltzer. Charles Paul at the Organ. Ernest Chappell announcing "The Mystery of the Scarecrow and the Snowman".
Above left: Pamphlet printed by Crippen & Landru as a tribute to Ellery Queen as Ghost of Honor at the 1998 Malice Domestic Mystery convention.
Above right: Add for Radiola Release 128 an album in it's Crime Series. It has The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe starring Sidney Greenstreet "The Case of the Careless Cleaner" complete as broadcast on NBC radio November 17, 1950 and on the other side The Adventures of Ellery Queen. The complete murder mystery, as heard on NBC Radio January 20, 1944. Sponsored by Bromo Seltzer. Charles Paul at the Organ. Ernest Chappell announcing "The Mystery of the Scarecrow and the Snowman".
161* "The Scarecrow & the Snowman West Coast radioshow available on the internet... West Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress West Coast episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
01-20-44 or 01-22-44: 30:00*
Written by Frederic Dannay & Manfred B.Lee
Condensed from "The Dying Scarecrow" 01-07-40
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Jeanne Cagney (actress), Peter Cusack
East:  Bill O'Connor (radio announcer), Gloria Swanson (actress)
Announced armchair detectives: Basil O'Connor (president of National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis) and Gloria Swanson (actress).
Printed by Crippen & Landru as a tribute to Ellery Queen
Used as basis for EQ appearance in the Crackajack Funnies comic #42

A tough case that takes Ellery months to solve. A corpse is found frozen, on a farm filled with crazies

"The Family Ghost"
01-27-44 or 01-29-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Marc Connely (playwright) and Martha Scott (actress)
East: Howard W. Blakeslee (science editor) and Mrs. Blakeslee

A ghost can be shot and wounded but not killed.


"The Murder on the Air"
02-03-44 or 02-05-44: 30:00*
Condensed from "The Flying Needle" 08-06-39 (Episode 8)
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Eddie Mayehoff (comedian) and Bea Wain (actress)
East: Edith Head (Hollywood costume designer) and Audrey Christie (actress in The Voice of the Turtle Broadway play).

Ted Weeks, Broadway columnist, is murdered during his broadcast in a mystifying  manner.

Second part of this broadcast donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of CongressNBC War Bond parade (02-05-44 at 12:00 pm) had Captain Glenn Miller; Band of the Army Air Force Training Command; Grantland Rice; cast of Adventures of Ellery Queen; Harry Hershfield on the show.
164* "The Problem Child"
02-10-44 or 02-12-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Paula Lawrence and John Shuttleworth (fictitious radio host)
East: Jackie Tucker (USO hostess of Karber's Ridge, Ill.) and
Ben Grauer (NBC announcer)
165* "The Squirrel Woman"
02-17-44 or 02-19-44: 30:00*
Condensed from "The Thirteenth Clue" 08-20-39 (Episode 10)
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Brenda Forbes (radio actress) and Candy Jones (model)
East: Rear Admiral Yates Stirling, Jr. and Benay Venuta (singer/actress)

A series of thefts on a Broadway sideshow get Ellery involved. Then a midget dies in a closed room gets bitten by a rattlesnake...
166* "The Black Jinx"
02-24-44 or 02-26-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Irene Bordoni (singer) and Al Trace (singer/ songwriter)
East: Eddie Dowling (Broadway producer/actor) and Helen Menken (radio actress)

The search for the answer to the bad luck that hoodooed the millionaire Black family. Each member of the clan who sat for his portrait by a famous painter met his death mysteriously.

Broadway actor and producer who has discovered almost as many stars as Ellery Queen has criminals, and Helen Menken, of stage and radio, will play the role of amateur detectives and try to hunt down a series of murders. Dowling is now broadcasting weekly in a new radio series, “Wide Horizons,” on the Mutual Network. He is the only man to have won both the New York Drama Critics Award and Pulitzer Prize in the same year. Miss Menken is chairman of the Radio Division of the American Theatre Wing, and originator of the Stage Door Canteen radio show. She has her own program, “Second Husband.” on CBS. (The Circleville Herald from Circleville, Ohio - February 23, 1944)
167* "The Red Cross"
03-02-44 or 03-04-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Arlene Francis (actress) and Lucy Monroe (singer)
East: Helen Hayes, first lady of the theater, and Lindsay MacHarrie, (Red Cross overseas executive)

Special broadcast in honor of the $200M Red Cross War Drive
168* "Wanted: John Smith"
03-09-44 or 03-11-44: 30:00*
Condensed from "The Devil's Violin" 01-28-40 (Episode 33)
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Aubrey Waller Cook (pianist) and June Vincent (actress)
East: Irene Bordoni (musical comedy singer) and Stan Lomax (baseball player
, sport columnist)

Ellery tries to help two refugees from Austria a violinist and child prodigy. Their Stradivarius is threatened by a bearded man with a limp, wearing dark glasses who calls himself John Smith... . 
169* "The Circular Clues"
03-16-44 or 03-18-44: 30:00*
Condensed from "The Woman in Black" 01-14-40 (Episode 31)
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Joan Edwards (singer/actress) and B. Yost
East: Connee Boswell (singer) and Xavier Cugat (bandleader)

Ellery investigates the haunting of the family of a English writer. 
170* "The Glass Ball"
03-23-44 or 03-25-44: 30:00*
Repeat of "The Silver Ball" 03-17-40 (Episode 40)
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Nannet Fabray (actress) and Mrs.I Gerhard
East: John G. Chapman (New York Daily News
drama critic) and Sammy Schulman (war photographer)
"The Imaginary Man" 
03-27-44 part of Red Cross Benefit Show "Dollars to Doughnuts"
Live performance - Repeat of
02-05-42 or 02-07-42: 30:00*
Guest Armchair detectives:
Miss Cornelia Bedell and Sheriff J. Henri Mock
Miss Helen Hayes joined the regular cast on stage.

"... For mystery fans, however, the evening's piece-de-resistance will be Ellery Queen himself and his famous supporting cast, enacting on the Rockland Theater's stage one of their most inexplicable, harrowing, baffling mysteries. There will be a special organist to create the proper blood-curdling atmosphere; there will be the sound-effects men to throw in a banshee screech for atmosphere here and there; and there will be Miss Hayes, possible - who knows? - playing the role of a villainess.  ...""...The murderee was Miss Hayes' pert and popular younger sister. Miss Hayes herself was cast in the role of a frumpy but wealthy, wallflower - a suspicious enough circumstance in itself - and the cast was packed with obviously infamous characters. After the murder had been indubitably done, Nikki Porter, Queen's secretary, put it up Miss Cornelia Bedell, one of the amateur detectives as to whodunit. Miss Bedell bet $10 that the grandfather played by Will Geer, was the murderer, "because he looks so big and strong." Sheriff J. Henry Mock, the second amateur detective, thought an uncle had the only motive. It turned out they were both wrong. The murderer was shy, mousy, jealous Miss Hayes
Sound effects, incidentally, were produced in part by Lieut. Charles Terry Ross, formerly of NBC, son of Dr. William Neely Ross, who was on leave, for the evening, from the United States Navy. ..." (The Journal News, Nyack, B.Y. Tuesday 28 March 1944)
171* "The Case Ellery Queen Couldn't Solve"
03-30-44 or 04-01-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: H. Duval and P. Young
East: J. Clyde and Dick Todd (vocalist)
The New York Post & The Brooklyn Eagle announced armchair detectives: two members of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus: Paul Jung (white-faced clown) and Herbert Duval (legal adjuster) at WEAF East.

A cache of famous rubies have been lost for almost half a century.
172* "The Painted Problem"
04-06-44 or 04-8-44: 30:00*
Condensed from "The Picture Puzzle" 11-05-39 (Episode 21)
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: I. Munson and Ya Ching Lee
East: Milton Cross (Metropolitan Opera radio host) and Marc Lawrence (actor)

Announced armchair detectives: Marjorie Lawrence of Metropolitan Opera, and Milton Cross (radio announcer).

A executed bank robber hid a fortune in stolen bonds, Ellery tries to find the goods by studying a painting on the wall of the prison cell
173* "Dead Man's CavernWest Coast radioshow available on the internet...(Listen to introclip to the radioshow) West Coast episode preserved at Marr Sound Archives - UMKC Miller Nichols Library Kansas City
04-13-44 or 04-15-44: 29:30
Written by Frederic Dannay & Manfred B.Lee
Condensed from "The Haunted Cave" 10-22-39
AFRS re-broadcast of West version
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Marjorie Lawrence (Metropolitan Opera star) and Francis Beverly Kelley of The Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey Circus (circus publicity director).
East: Dale Carnegie (motivational speaker) and Ted Fio Rito (musician)
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 11-26-54 (Episode 23) "Mystery of the Strangler's Ghost"

 A local legend known as "the Strangler", killed 29 people
 over 100 years ago. Has he come back for more?
174* "The Letters of Blood"
04-20-44 or 04-22-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: M.Gateson and B. Vlavianos 
East: Peggy Fears (singer) and George McManus (cartoonist of Maggie and Jiggs)

Ellery sends radio messages to a South Pacific airbase, Latin America and Teheran as he tries to unravel the dying message left by a murdered millionaire.
175* "The Buried Treasure"
04-27-44 or 04-29-44: 30:00*
Condensed from "The Lost Treasure" 09-24-39 (Episode 15)
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: A.Lesser and P.Fears
East: Mrs.Inez Gerhard (author) and Clayton Rawson (mystery writer
, magazine editor)

Ellery investigates the husband of the niece of a retired explorer. When visiting his island he runs into a treasure hunt and the explorer is murdered ...

"The Thief in the Dark"Sneakpreview of AFRS re-broadcast available on the internet...
05-04-44 or 05-06-44: 30:00*
Condensed from 'The Cellini Cup" 11-12-39 (Episode 22)
AFRS Mystery Playhouse program "The Thief in the Dark" sneak preview at the end of AFRS Nero Wolfe broadcast of "The Last Laugh" 07-05-43
Printed as authorized story "Here is a 
Mystery" in Radio Guide 01-26-40
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: M.Gardner and J.C.Lewis (radio producer)
East: Robert Watson,
Alex Pope and Martin Kosleck (actors respectively played Hitler, Göring and Goebbels in Paramount's The Hitler Gang )

Heavily condensed summary of the Cellini Cup "Here is a Mystery"... in "RadioGuide" - January 26.1940
Ellery meets a man who claims that an art-gallery proprietor has cheated him out of  a
cup made by the great Benvenuto. Ellery and Nikki go to the auction of the priceless  cup and meet a variety of people. That night the Cellini cup is stolen from the son of the art dealer in total darkness and in the presence of both Ellery and Nikki...

177* "The Chinese Puzzle"
05-11-44 or 05-13-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: A.Fisher and Rex Harrison (actor)
East: John J. Anthony (fictitious radio host of Good Will Hour) and Rosemarie Lombardo (radio singer)

A series of strange unsigned messages sends Ellery off on a hunt for a mysterious Chinese, a secret bundle and the person who committed a murder in a theatrical boardinghouse.

"The Bottle of Wine"
05-18-44 or 05-20-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Marjorie Lord (actress) and S. Schuyler
East: James McGurrin (commissioner of jurors, New York City) and John "String" Brice, (police chief of Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey circus)

What is the connection between a rare bottle of Chateau d'Yquem and several crimes including murder?

179* "The Great Chewing Gum Mystery
05-25-44 or 05-27-44: 30:00*
Condensed from "The Gum-Chewing Millionaire" 06-18-39 (Episode 1)
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Henry Daniell, Lou Frankel (actor)
East:  Edwin S. Friendly (New York newspaper man) and Vincent Lopez (orchestra leader)

Ellery receives a friendly letter from a stranger asking for a  recommendation on choosing a nurse. Before he knows it he's  involved in the murder of a gum-loving, will-changing old tyrant.

Monday: With Helen Hayes in the cast, as well as lovely Marion
Shockley, St. Albans Naval Hospital boys will see the Ellery Queen Show exactly as WEAF beams it on Saturday Night. (
Brooklyn Eagle - Fri May 26 1944)

180* "The Murder Game"
06-01-44 or 06-03-44: 30:00*
Condensed from "The Dead Cat" 10-29-39  (Episode 20)
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: John Archer (actor) and Carol Thurston (actress)
East: Ben Kaplan (Providence Journal radio editor) and Rose "Baby" Marie (nightclub singer)

In which mystery develops at surprise party for Ellery's secretary, Nikki Porter.
181* "The Dark Secret" East Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress
06-08-44 or 06-10-44: 30:00*
Condensed from "The Black Secret" 12-10-39 (Episode 26)
Guest Armchair Detectives
West: Royal Arch Gunnison (radio reporter)
East: Carol Thurston (actress) and Mrs. Geraldine Greentree (Ohio radio editor)

Ellery and Nikki go undercover as clerks in a rare-book shop where some valuable works were stolen. Then the co-owner is murdered.

"The Blue Chip" East Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress
06-15-44 or 06-17-44: 30:00*
Adapted as "The Adventure of the Blue Chip" in Soldier Shows, Folio 27, 1945
Intended for use by unit Special Services personnel in musical revues where there is no time for to build much scenery or costumes and a jury chosen from the audience was used as a part of the show.
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Jane Cowl (actress)
East: Roland Young (actor and war bonds salesman
) It actually said it would be either Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff or Bromo Seltzer :-)

The story is set at a time when gambling ships were allowed to operate within a three mile radius of the coast.  Our heroes are vacationing in Velie's beach house. Mrs. Velie is unable to attend. Suddenly a taxi drives up and delivers a drunken man. Morten Tucker is not only a beach developer he is also very dead. The trail leads to Frank Betts, Mrs. Diane Tucker, Buzz Rowland the pool master and the Tucker's daughter Penny. Why was he delivered to their address? Why is he wet?...What is the meaning of the Blue Chip Ellery found in the taxi?    (visit to the LoC 4/29/2005,  the best EQ radio story I heard)

183*  "The Corpse in Lower Five" East Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress
06-22-44 or 06-24-44: 30:00*
Condensed from "Napoleon's Razor" 07-09-39 (Episode 4)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: M. Rognadahl
East: Gloria Halliday (finalist undiscovered voice of America in the "America Cinderella competition")

Returning from a movie writing stint Ellery, Nikki and Velie take the continental train to California. Several people are traveling along a drunk salesman Frank Gilley, miss Flame Brighton a movie star, a Canadian professor Parnaud, newlyweds Clyde Tomkins and his wife.... Parnaud an avid Napoleon addict reports his old Napoleon razor with a wooden handle stolen. Soon thereafter it is found in the back of Mr.Gilley in lower five, the place where professor Parnaud would have laid. When revealed that Frank Gilly, is not a salesman but a jewel thief who has just robbed emeralds. The murder car gets unhitched from "The Flyer" and Ellery calls his father in NY.  He'll join the train in Chicago, meanwhile no emeralds are to be found... so Ellery and his father set up a trap.      (visit to the LoC 4/29/2005)

"The Devil's Head" East Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress
06-29-44 or 07-01-44 :30:00*
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Claudia Morgan (radio actress)
East: Hildegarde (singer)
Announced armchair detective: Annabella (French actress)

This episode was announced as "The Adventure of the House of the Four Devils" at the end of last weeks episode.
The setting here is a country house in the middle of NY City. Nikki pays a visit to Dorothy Center's house (close to the water). Milo's brother, David who lives with the couple calls it "The House of the Four Devils" referring to the four sprouts on each corner of the roof. While talking to Dorothy in the garden, she confesses that she's unhappy. Having a 52 year husband is a daunting task for a 27 year old and she admits being in love with someone else. As Milo comes to meet them one of the sprouts falls on his head. Fortunately Milo isn't dead.
Nikki suspects David, Milo's brother and an artist who works on the top floor. Milo also suspects his brother and wife are having an affair and asks Ellery to investigate. When visiting Milo at home he gets shot (and again survives). Chasing the culprit they find Dorothy, who promptly confesses... Ellery Queen isn't convinced.     (visit to the LoC 4/29/2005)

185*  "The Egyptian Tomb" East Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress
07-06-44 or 07-08-44: 30:00*
Repeat of "The Pharaoh's Curse" 08-25-40 (Episode 63)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Michael Whalen (actor)
East: Royal Arch Gunnison (war correspondent, author "So Sorry No Peace"
Part of a series of EQ episodes to be restaged with Australian actors and local commercials. Airdate 11-12-54 (Episode 18)

An archeological expedition leads to disaster when a party discovers a famed tomb they clearly hear a voice speak out a curse.."Before two seasons are past the ghouls who touched this sacred grave shall die". Soon after Kidder, on party member freaks out in a desert storm en dies. Tremo, yet another party member falls overboard and Smith died in his bed of some kind of an insect bite. Some remaining members ask Ellery to look in. They already know the curse is bogus as some other competitors tried to scare them off. But their contract which states one year after their findings they're to divide everything is even scarier. Professor Kareem is suspect number one, although he also is afraid and sleeps in a locked room guarded by photoelectric cells. Either way Kareem is murdered...(visit to the LoC 4/29/2005)
186*  "The Foul Tip" West Coast radioshow available on the internet... Second part (15 minutes) of this East Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress
07-13-44 or 07-15-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Charles Latorre (actor)
East: Michael Whalen (actor)

A cowboy movie star, resisting a divorce from his unfaithful wife, is murdered at a ballpark right under Ellery Queen's nose. While asked for an autograph the movie star is handed a poisoned pencil.
187*  "The Yang Piece" East Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress Script available in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the Columbia University New York
07-20-44 or 07-22-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Major George Fielding Eliot (military analyst)
East: Colonel John Stillwell (retired Army Officer, president of National Safety council)

Strange story of an old Chinese curio dealer, and the expensive and beautiful "Yang Piece," which his three best customers couldn't afford to buy.

Colonel John Stilwell (General Joes brother) will be guest armchair detective when Ellery Queen salutes Farm Safety Week. Col. Stilwell is president of the National Safety Council, and vice-president of New York's Consolidated Edison Co. (The Circleville Herald from Circleville, Ohio - July 18, 1944)
188*  "The Four Prisoners" East Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress
07-27-44 or 07-29-44: 30:00*
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Dr.F.E.Long
East:  Claudia Morgan (performer)

When another stage star appeared early for an Ellery Queen guest shot and demanded that the air show be put on at once, then left in a huff when it wasn't, the producer frantically phoned around till he located Miss (Claudia) Morgan at a friend's home, and she rushed to the studio and filled the gap. (Fort Covington Sun, August 31,1944)
It is unknown when this exactly happened, however Claudia appeared two times on the show (06-29-44 and 07-27-44). Given the newspaper is located on the East Coast and the timing of the article we suspect the latter.
Also "Miss" Claudia Morgan was by then married to Ernest Chappell, the programs announcer, which could explain her readiness to fill in the gap.
189*  "The Man without a Heart" East Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress
08-03-44 or 08-05-44: 30:00*
Repeat of "The Meanest Man in the World" 08-18-40(Episode 62)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Jane Russell (actress)
East: Jane Cowl (actress)

Ellery and Nikki are empanelled side by side as jurors in the same murder trial. The defendant, Will Keeler, seems to be the only one who could have plunged the paperknife into the back of Sylvester Gaul's neck.
Ellery turns what might have been a restful two weeks in the jury box into a busman's holiday when he reveals the rightful killer through four questions asked of the coroner.
190*  "The Three Hands" East Coast episode on Reel donated by NBC Radio Collection preserved in the Library of Congress
08-10-44 or 08-12-44: 30:00*
Repeat of "The Mark of Cain" 09-22-40 (Episode 67)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Dorothy Hart (actress)
East: Major George Fielding Eliot (military analyst)

Ellery, Nikki, Sergeant Velie and Inspector Queen masquerade as servants in an attempt to prevent murder among the heirs of eccentric millionaire John Cain. To no avail...
191*  "The Man Who Wanted Cash"
08-17-44 or 08-19-44: 30:00*
Repeat of "The Fatal Million" 09-04-40 (Episode 60)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: John Mills (actor)
East: Bill Stern (sportscaster)

Involves a king who sells out and for a million dollars in cash.
August 18, 1944 Sydney Smith appeared as "Ellery Queen" on Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel. In these 15 minutes shows sports reporter Bill Stern tells many stories of and about sports and sports figures -- many are rumors, or even gossip. Each week he had a different guest who told a story themselves. 
192*  "The Mayor and the Corpse"
08-24-44 or 08-26-44: 30:00*
Repeat of "The Picnic Murder" 09-08-40 (Episode 65)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: John Conte (radio announcer) 
East: Joan Edwards (singer/actress)

A Sunday outing attended by six persons, from which only five return is the subject of investigation. Belief in the innocence of a small town lawyer indicted for murder on circumstantial evidence leads the radio sleuth to look into a case that makes few headlines but almost sends the wrong man to the chair.
193*  "The Dead Man's Bones"
08-31-44 or 09-02-44: 30:00*
Repeat of "The Emperor's Dice" 03-31-40 (Episode 42)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Earl Wilson (columnist)
East: Fred Waring (band leader)

While visiting an old house Ellery uses his extraordinary talents to solve the apparent ten-year-old  murder of a millionaire collector of gambling implements.
194*  "The Disappearing Cats"
09-07-44 or 09-09-44: 30:00*
Based (?) on story "The Seven Black Cats" (1937)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Allan Jones (singer/actor)
East: West Peterson (Editor of Inside Detective and Front Page Detective magazines. Authority on the science of crime and able editor and writer of fact detective stories.)

A problem concerning a number of vanishing cats, a most curious puzzle in the Queen repertoire
195*  "The College Crime"
09-14-44 or 09-16-44: 30:00*
Condensed version of "The Three R's" 09-10-39 (Episode 13)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Captain J.Chase 
East: Josephine Antoine (soprano)
Announced armchair detective: Annamary Dickey(Metropolitan Opera soprano)
In this version There Was An Old Woman was mentioned, in the '46  EQMM version The Murderer was a Fox (sic) and in the printed Calendar version The Origin of Evil.

When at the beginning of a new academic year students and teachers return to the classrooms, Ellery is hired by the administration of Barlowe College to locate a Poe scholar who vanished in the Ozarks during the summer. His finds: some baffling clues, a detective-story manuscript, a skeleton with two missing fingers...
196*  "The Robber of Fallboro"
09-21-44 or 09-23-44: 30:00*
Repeat of "The Black Sheep" 07-28-40 (Episode 59)
Source for "The Accused "in EQMM, 12/54 and "The Robber of Wrightsville" in Q.B.I. (1955)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: Cornel Wilde (actor)
East: Victor E. Chenea (vice-president of Pan American World airways).

A masked thief steals a $ 15,000 payroll from the owner of a mill in the village of Fallboro. When the victim's stepson is arrested for the crime on circumstantial evidence, the boy's mother calls in Ellery Queen.
197*  "The Invisible Clock"
09-28-44 or 09-30-44: 30:00* 
Repeat of 08-11-40  (Episode 61)
Script printed in The Case Book of Ellery Queen' (1945)
Guest Armchair Detective
West: J.Holton, C. Choiniere
East: Lieut. Eileen Mallon (Overseas veteran army nurse)

On the fashionable estate of a Long Island family of wealth a priceless ruby disappears during a society ball Ellery and Nikki are attending. The clue is the clock that is heard ticking where no clock exists.

"Lt. Mallon will tell why a quota of 6,000 volunteers for the Army Nurse Corps must be met by Jan. 1, to keep us the Army Medical Corps' record of saving the lives of 97% of all battle wounded treated." (44-09-30 Lima News)
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