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Australian Episodes

"The Adventures of Ellery Queen"

  
Grace Gibson Radio productions Fridays 7:30 - 8:00 pm 1954-1955 (1-52)
   Director: John Saul ...
   Stars: Charles Tingwell (Ellery), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
              Harp McGuire (Various roles Richard Queen/../Ellery),  Nigel Lovell (Velie)


In 2011 we purchased information from the NFSA Canberra, Australia which led to an update of these pages. It's content is © All rights reserved  

The first episode to be re-staged in Australia was "The Man Who Could Vanish" (original US broadcast Jan 8, 1947). Production order differed from the actual broadcasting order, it was aired as episode 4. We know from notes on the early scripts that at first it was still under consideration if the role of the armchair detective was to be included. Certainly the first scripts were written/worded so that the part of the armchair detective could have been easily edited from the final product.
In the end the armchair detectives remained a strong feature in the series.

        Publicity in an Australian newspaper of July 6. 1954. It contains a "letter" by Ellery Queen to the Chairman of the Major Broadcasting Network in Sydney. This letter, dated Februari 14. 1954 was written in Roxbury, Connecticut. Which... was at the time Manfred B. Lee's place of residence.

01*"The Crooked Man"
          07-16-54: 30:00* Production date 06-18-54
          Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
          Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), Lloyd
          Berrell (Velie), Kevin Brennan (Grumm), Guy Doleman (Chalis), Don Hrosby
          (Buttwin)
          Guest Armchair Detective: Harry Messel (professor Sydney University)
          He received a 12 months subscription to EQMM for his appearance.
          Original US broadcast 03-12-47 (episode 304) Likely adapted as an episode
          from Dumont TV-series  The Adventures of Ellery Queen, 11/30/50

          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"

           In the tick of the studio clock at 2UE on Friday night Ellery Queen
        
 deduced the combination of a safe from a nursery rhyme. The solution,
          involving a knowledge of the mathematical symbol pi, baffled, we hazard,
          not only Professor Messel, but also rather more than 3.14159 of listeners.
          Yet, a few minutes before, the great detective had airily supposed that a
          disinterred skeleton would be mistaken for a corpse barely a week old.
          Tsk! Tsk!
(Al Godon - 07-21-54)

          "Professor Harry Messel, atomic scientist didn't score when he tried to work out
           the combination of a safe in the first of 3 DB's Ellery Queen crime stories. Clue to
           the combination was a line from a nursery rhyme: "Said Simple Simon to the
           pie man, show me first your penny". The professor trotted out a series of numbers
           in a deliberate fashion that showed he had a "system" -  but the system wasn't the
           same as Ellery Queen's. Perhaps that mechanical brain the professor is working
           on at Sydney University could be invited to appear on the session some time?"
           (Saturday July 24th 1954)


02* "The Man Who Was Afraid"
           07-23-54 : 30:00* Production date 05-06-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), Lloyd
           Berrell (Velie), Guy Doleman as Dred/Sid, Margaret Christensen (Pearl), Owen
           Weingott (Nigel), William Rees (Gooby), Howard Craven (Narrator)
           Guest Armchair Detective: Adrian Quist (Former Davis Cup representative)
           He received a 12 months subscription to EQMM for his appearance.
          Original US broadcast 09-05-45 (episode 240)

03* "The Private Eye"
           07-30-54 : 30:00*
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ/Groz), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
           Bruce Stewart (Clubb), Don Crosby (Murray), Georgie Sterling (Lyinka), John
           Alden (Vazni), James Mills (Stronnik)
           Guest Armchair Detective: Bill Thoman (director of the US information
           Service in Australia)
 
          He received a 12 months subscription to EQMM for his appearance.
           Original US broadcast 01-22-48 (episode 337)

            Private eye Cam Clubb tries to unravel the murder of a statesman in
            exile. He comes across... Ellery Queen.


04* "The Man who could Vanish" WANTED! Believed to be in existence... click here for more...
           08-06-54 : 30:00* Production date 11-27-53
           Producers John Saul, Ron Roberts.
           Adaptation: John Saul
           Guest Armchair Detective: Frank Clune (Australian author)
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), Lloyd
           Berrell (Velie), Ron Roberts (Announcer/man), Walter Sullivan (Tony), Alan
           Herbert (Cab Driver), David Netthein (Doorman), Betty Leggo (Juliet)

           Original US broadcast 01-08-47 (episode 304)

           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.

05* "Big Time Prize Fight"
        aka "The Adventure of the Fallen Gladiator"
           08-13-54 : 30:00* Production date 07-07-1954
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), Ron
           Whelan (Steam), Alan Trevor (Vecchoni), Sheila Sewell (Ivy), Joe McCormick
           (Coyle/Day), Ken Wayne (Hawks/Mike)
           Guest Armchair Detective: Jimmy Carruthers (Batam weight boxing Champion of
           the World)
           Original US broadcast 07-07-40 (episode 56)

           "In tonight's story we take you to a big time prize fight..."

06* "Other Side of The Grave" aka "The Dead House"
           08-20-54 : 30:00* Production date 07-14-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), Margo
           Lee (Madge), Barrie Cookson (George), Rupert Chance (Staffing), Owen Ainley
           (Brett), Charles Tasman (Dr. Wyne), John Alden (Grue).
           Guest Armchair Detective: Chips Rafferty  (Film Star)
           Original US radio broadcast (?) 'The Death Trap"05-27-43 or 05-29-43 (episode 127)
           Repeated as "The Death House" 01-29-48


          "Good evening, ladies and gentleman, tonight we tackle the problem of a man who
           apparently committed a murder from the other side of the grave...

07* "The Ninth Mrs. Pook" aka "Who Died First"
           08-27-54 : 30:00* Production date 07-21-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), John
           Meillon (Merton/Doc/Cor/Man), Lola Brooks (Lucy/Woman), Ossie Wenban
           (Homer), Laurel Mather (Lavinia/Martha).  Originally Laurel Mather's role would
           have been played by Fifi Banvard.
           Guest Armchair Detective: Jim McDougall (Newspaper columnist)
           Original US radio broadcast 02-27-46 (episode 265)

08* "Murdered In The Dark"
        aka "The Adventure of the Blind Bullet"
           09-03-54 : 30:00* Production date 07-28-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), Richard
           Ashley (Farnum/the Conductor), Jerry Wells (Brocco), Richard Davies (Max), June
           Salter (Joanna), John Ewart (Hawley).
           Guest Armchair Detective: Arthur Morris (test cricketer)*
           Original US radio 06-30-40 (episode 55)

          
A bear and a millionaire are hit. A ruthless tycoon feels threatened as he
           received a precise minute and day of his death. The magnate turns to Ellery
           to protect him from this anonymous enemy. 

09* "The Lost Soul"
           09-10-54 : 30:00* Production date 08-11-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (Sparta), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),  Marie
           Clarke (Erica), Nigel Lovell (Varney), Gordon Chatter (Dr. Zeltz), Ray Hartley
           (Quentin).
           Guest Armchair Detective: William Dobell (artist)
           Original US broadcast 09-19-45 (episode 242)

           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.

10* "The Sword of Damocles" aka "Instruments of Death"
           09-17-54 : 30:00* Production date 08-18-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), Joan
           Landor (Christine), Moray Powell (Milton),  Ken Wayne (Kelcey), Edward Howell
           (Ponder), Walter Sullivan (Gibbs).
           Guest Armchair Detective: Hal Missingham (artist, director of the New South
           Wales National Art Gallery)
           Original US broadcast 03-21-45 (episode 219)

           Ellery pits his wits against an invisible killer in this murder mystery and both wins
           and loses. An octogenarian art collector suddenly turns from the old masters and
           rare books to something that might appeal to kids - a collection of historic weapons
           and instruments of torture.
           He gets a great kick of it until he finds that someone is using his collection of lethal
           instruments to set death traps for him.

11* "The Blue Egg Mystery"
           09-24-54 : 30:00* Production date 08-04-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), Harvey
           Adams (Chadwick), John Ewart (Blake)
           Guest Armchair Detective: Jim Bendroit (entrepreneur)
Bendroit says he dabbles in
           lots of things. He mentioned he fights for prevention of cruelty to Animals and he
           owns a restaurant. Sydney Identity. He opened a restaurant/night club and owned
           racehorses. He is known for his decision to implement a no whipping policy on his
           horses.

           Original US broadcast 09-12-45 (episode 241)
 
          
An impossible crime has been committed. Where is that missing fabulous blue
           sapphire

           Australian script had a lot of cuts which would seem to indicate it being very different
           from the original US version. (2)


12* "
The Slicer"
           10-01-54 : 30:00* Production date 08-25-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),  Ken
           Wayne (Leffler/ Detective 2), Sheila Sewell (Maggie/Woman), Don Crosby (Urzee/
           Ambulance Man/ Detective 3), Gordon Chater (Crimmins/ Ambulance Man 2/ Dr.),
           Guy Doleman (Otto Bluttner/ Newscaster/ Detective 1)
           Guest Armchair Detective: Michael Sawtell (author, lecturer, member of the
           Aborigine Welfare Board)
           Original US broadcast 04-15-48 (episode 349) Repeat of 08-01-45 "Nick
           the Knife
"

           An unknown madman has murdered nineteen women by  attacking
           them at night while they are alone. The identity of "The Slicer" is
           quite a surprise.

           The location of the story, the Bronx New York, has not not been changed to an
           Australian location. It would be interesting to know if the actors used American
           accents through out the series. Unfortunately there are no notes pertaining to accent
           on any of the scripts. (2)

13* "The Hollywood Mystery"
           10-08-54 : 30:00* Production date 09-01-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),  Harp McGuire (Vick/Director),
           Guy Doleman (Niger/Waiter), Dinah Shearing (Neela), Audrey Teesdale
           (French Maid),  Joe McCormick (Hap), Max Osbiston (Clerk)
           Guest Armchair Detective: Joseph Kaufman (Hollywood film producer)
           Could be based on a original US radio broadcast known as "The
           Hollywood Murder Case
"
05-22-46 (episode 277)

            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

14* "The Needle Hole Mystery" aka "The Poisoned Slipper"
           10-15-54 : 30:00* Production date 09-08-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), 
           Rod Taylor (Eaton/ Man 3), Margo Lee (Monica),  David Nettheim (Kennswoth),
           Owen Weingott (Merritt), Nigel Lovell (McLean/ Man 2),  Richard Ashley
           (Manfield/ Man).
           Guest Armchair Detective: Mrs. Lucille Christian (Principle/Manager of 'World
           Famous' school of dance.
           Original US radio broadcast 03-14-45 (episode 218)

15* "The Lynching of Mr. Cue"
           10-22-54 : 30:00* Production date 09-15-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),  Harp McGuire (Macklin),
           Joe McCormick (Purch/ Givens), Margaret Christensen (Mrs. Givens), Bruce
           Stewart (Sloper/Wolf), Owen Ainley (Guff/ Conductor),  Don Crosby (Citizen).
           Guest Armchair Detective: Clay Hake (President of the American Society)
           Original US broadcast 03-11-48 (episode 344) "The Lynching of Mr. Q"

           Ellery is arrested for murder in a small town. They take him for
           "Scarface Ellery Cue," a notorious gangster and a lynch mob forms.

16* "The K.I. Case"
          10-29-54 : 30:00* Production date 09-22-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),  Harp McGuire (RQ, Choo
           Choo), Lloyd Berrell (Velie), Rodney Taylor (Santos/ Lieutenant), Ken Waybe
           (Manx), Myrna Dodd (Gloria), Guy Doleman (Ingram/ Zipper)
           Guest Armchair Detective: Senhor Carlos Zalapa (Consul for Brazil, negotiates trade)
           Original US broadcast 
04-08-48 (episode 348)

           Big Joe Manx is back in town with a Latin bodyguard. Nobody seems particularly
           afraid of him. A blank piece of  stationery with the letters "K. I." are the clues to 
           $50,000 and incriminating evidence when Manx is shot.

17* "The Curious Thefts"
           11-05-54 : 30:00* Production date 09-29-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), 
           Georgie Sterling (Phyllis), Lynne Murphy (Clara), Ossie Wenban (Matthews),
           Len Bullen (Cornelius).
           Guest Armchair Detective: Ernest Burbridge (British Arts Council)
 
          Original US broadcast 12-19-45 (episode 255)

           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.

18* "The Curse of the Pharaohs Mystery"
        aka "The Egyptian Tomb"
           11-12-54 : 30:00* Production date 10-06-54
           Producers John Saul, Wendy Playfair
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),  Harp McGuire (RQ,
           Norgard), Ossie Wenban (Professor Mack), Jocelyn Hernfield (Corinne), Ken
           Hannam (Tafts), Ken Wayne (Perkins), Len Bullen (Kidder).
           Guest Armchair Detective: Norman Von Needa (Famous golfer)
           Original US broadcast "The Pharaoh's Curse" 05-22-46 (episode 63)
           Repeated as
"The Pharaoh's Tomb" on 07-06-44 and 07-08-44

           "Tonight's case takes place in the mysterious land of the Nile, where an
            archaeological expedition is digging into the secrets of the Egyptian Dessert. ..."

           
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. Even so
            Kareem is murdered...   (US Broadcast description, visit to the LoC 4/29/2005)

19* "Nikki Porter, Suspect"   Radioshow available on the internet...  aka "Nikki Porter, Killer"
      
aka
(?)
"Mystery of the Strangler's Ghost"   
           11-19-54 : 30:00* Production date 10-06-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),  FiFi
           Banvard (Rita), John Meillon (Frink), Ben Gabriel (Jupe), Owen Weingott (Buffle). 
           The role of Buffle was originally listed on the script as being performed by Gordon
           Glenwright.
           Guest Armchair Detective: Gypsy Rose Lee
           Original US broadcast 03-05-47 (episode 312)

           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 

Gypsy Rose Lee arrived in Australia on Saturday Sep 25 1954. Starting October 1st until October 14th she performed at the Nicholson's Palladium in Sydney.  Miss Lee is introduced as appearing at the Sydney Palladium.

20* "The Diamond Fence"
           11-26-54 : 30:00* Production date 10-15-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
           Lloyd Berrell (Velie), Moira Redmond (Love),  John Meillon (Berndorf/ Hackett),
           Joe McCormick (Stoney/ Julius)
           Guest Armchair Detective: Jenny Howard (stage star)
           Original US broadcast 01-24-45 (episode 211)

           A composer who thinks he's a second Gershwin, a once-famous radio singer and
           a notorious "fence" for whom all New York is searching figures in the mystery that
           takes place in a shabby  rooming house in Greenwich Village.

21* "The Man in the Street" aka "Ten Thousand Suspects"
           12-03-54 : 30:00* Production date 10-20-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
           Lloyd Berrell (Velie), Edward Howell (Elias), Ray Barrett (Room Clerk/ Manager),
           Al Thomas (Bell Hop/ Italian Waiter).
           Guest Armchair Detective: Jack Crawford (tennis star)
           Original US Broadcast 12-04-47 (episode 330)

           "We'll tell you about a man who was surrounded by enemies - ten thousand of
           them, I call it 'The man in the Street'..."

          
The two Marners brothers swindled several people out of their savings.
           Elias Marner is caught and police has a handful keeping him from an angry mob.
           Elias escapes and Ellery gets called in. Joe sends a Morse message in a newspaper
           to his brother Elias: they are set to meet in the Universal hotel. Not only does Joe
           appear to be killed a few days ago but also Elias is killed from a room in a hotel
           right across the street
...

22* "The Specialist in Cops"
           12-10-54 : 30:00* Production date 10-27-54
           Producers John Saul
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
           Rod Taylor (Yapp/ Man), Owen Weingott (Biggy), John Meillon (Levine/ Gangster),
           Curt Muskets (a brewer).
           Guest Armchair Detective: Jim Russell (comic artist, creator of cartoon 'The Potts')
           Original US broadcast 03-19-47 (episode 314)

           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?

23* "Dead Man's Cavern" aka "Thirteen Year Old Murder"
           12-17-54 : 30:00* Production date 10-27-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
           Aileen Britton (Grace), Nigel Lovell (Withers), Sheila Sewell (Hulda), Syd Chambers
           (Hank), Edward Howell (Gabriel).
           Guest Armchair Detective:
Franquin (stage hypnotist, quiz master)
           Original US broadcast
10-22-39 (episode 19) as "The Haunted Cave",
           Repeated condensed as "Dead Man's Cavern" 04-13-44 and  04-15-44

          
Ellery spends the weekend at Tecumseh Lodge with Nikki, Inspector Queen and
           Velie. While investigating a cave haunted by a strangler Colin Montague is murdered...

24* "Bubsy"
           12-24-54 : 30:00* Production date 11-03-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ, Florentz), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
           Rodney Taylor (Bubsy/ Detective), Joe McCormick (Len/ Messenger Boy),
           Margo Lee (Frankie), Ossie Wenban (Rosey).
           Guest Armchair Detectives: nine armchair detectives*
           Original US broadcast 02-05-48 (episode 338)

          
Bubsy Chum is a 6' 6" stupid killer who's a one man crime wave. Who is behind
           Bubsy? After kidnapping  Ellery and Nikki, Bubsy's planning to kill them both 
           unless Ellery can name his boss.


          
The armchair detectives were representatives of an International Jury. KLM gave
            free trips to Australia (to celebrate introduction of the super constellation on
            KLM's Sydney-Amsterdam service). The 9 people from 9 different countries of
            the world, also represented 9 different modes of transport.
           Mr. Vogels: Director of Public Relations for KLM introduces the following people:
           1.) Commodore Moll, KLM Pilot.
           2.) Jack Adams, London Bus Driver.
           3.) Pierre Renault, Paris taxi driver.
           4.) Henry Michelick, a postman from Denmark.
           5.) Pietro Vettemutti, a gondolier from Venice.
           6.) Captain Foyn; a Norwegian see captain.
           7.) Christian Lauener, a funicular railway driver from Switzerland.
           8.) Phillip Harnie; a tramway inspector from Belgium.
           9.) Willy Schoor, a German railway Engine Driver.
          Each of whom all farewell the audience in their own language at the conclusion
         of the show.

Add in Australian newspaper for Ellery Queen 

25*  "Peddler of Death"
           12-31-54 : 30:00*  Production date 11-10-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ, Larry), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
           Margaret Christensen (Wanda), Joe McCormick (Schultz/ Waiter),  Bruce
           Stewart (De Salva/ Doctor), Rodney Taylor (Etna/ Sergeant)
          
Guest Armchair Detective: Ben Rheys (American entrepreneur/ booking agent/
           Promoter), originally Lee Gordon was listed as armchair detective.
           Original US broadcast
12-05-45 (episode 253)

26* "
The Three Fences" aka "The Three Fencers"
           01-07-55 : 30:00*  Production date 11-10-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
           Lynne Murphy (Constance), Richard Davies (Capri), Guy Doleman (Stadt),
           John Meillon (Jim), Dinah Shearing (Juliene)
           Guest Armchair Detective: Bert Oldfield (famous cricket player)
           Original US broadcast 02-20-46 (episode 264)

          
A female fencer from France was stabbed to death with a foil. Ellery investigates.

27* "The Doodling of Mr. O'Drew"
           01-14-55 : 30:00* Production date 11-17-54 (extra recording 11-18-54 only Charles
           Tingwell 15 minutes)
           Producers John Saul, Wendy Playfair
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),  Harp McGuire (RQ,)
           Lloyd Berrell (Velie), Aileen Britton (Mrs. Norman), John Ewart (Pat/ Man),
           Bruce Stewart (Timothy O'Drew), John Meillon (Johnny).
           Guest Armchair Detective: William Hodge (stage star)
           Original US broadcast 11-28-45 (episode 252) "The Doodle of Mr.
           O'Drew
" aka "
Nikki Porter, Starlet" broadcast 05-13-48 (episode 353)

28* "Questions of Colour"
           01-21-55 : 30:00*  Production date 11-17-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
           Ken Wayne (Roy/ Referee), Don Crosby (Doc/ Jones/ Referee),
           Joe McCormick (Hookie/ Jacks/ Fight Announcers),  Dorothea Dunstan (Inez),
           FiFi Banvard (Sadie).
           Guest Armchair Detective: William Constable (well known artist, set designer)
           Original US broadcast 02-12-48 (episode 340) "A Question of Color"

          
Gamblers have set up a colored boxer into taking a fight  beyond his abilities, so
           they can win big. The boxer's trainer has been made drunk, severely limiting the
           chances the boxer can win. Who gave Doc the whiskey?

29* "
Red Death"
           01-28-55 : 30:00* Production date 11-24-54 (12-09-54 Charles Tingwell did an extra
           30 minutes recording).
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
           Bruce Stewart (Tex), Lynne Murphy (Bella), Margo Lee (Laura), Guy Doleman
           (Andy Gibson/ Show Announcer), Joe McCormick (Buck)
           Guest Armchair Detective: Billy Cook (Jockey)
           Original US radio broadcast 03-28-45 (episode 220)

30* "The Adventure of Queen Solomon"
           02-04-55 : 30:00*  Production date 12-15-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Georgie Sterling (Trixie/ Dusty),
           Myrna Dodd (Hazel), Aileen Britton (Mrs. Heather), Ken Wayne (Barnstream).
          
Guest Armchair Detective: Mrs.C.T. Lorenz (founder and honorary member of the
           National Opera Company)
           Original US radio broadcast 01-22-47 (episode 306)
originally "The Three Mothers"
           aka "The Dead Man's Chest". 11-26-42 or 11-28-42 (episode 101)

          
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.

           The Character of Nikki Porter was originally scripted, however it appears to
           have either been crossed out complete or had the lines altered to be delivered
           by other characters.

31* "The One Who Was Going To Die"
           02-11-55 : 30:00*  Production date 12-08-54
           Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
           Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
           Walter Sullivan (Dr. Best), Lynne Murphy (Faye), Max Obsiston (Dr. Wander),
           Jocelyn Hernfield (Francine), FiFi Banvard (Mrs. Linthrup), Kevin Brennan
           (Mr. Linthrup).
           Guest Armchair Detective: Mr. Aage Thaarup (Millner to the Queen),  the armchair
           detective was originally to be a singer/belly dancer but there is no name for this
           intended guest.
           Original US radio broadcast unknown

32* "Repentant Thief"
          02-18-55 : 30:00*  Production date 12-1-54
          Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
          Charles Tingwell (EQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), Alan Trevor (Philip),
          Georgie Sterling (Arabella), Ossie Wenban  (Dr. Atlas), Bruce Stewart (Porson).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Sunny Marshall (manufacturer, country club proprietor)
          Original US radio broadcast 10-24-45 (episode 247)

33* "The Lost Card"
          02-25-55 : 30:00*  Production date 12-22-54
          Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
          Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), 
          Ken Wayne (Jack), Moray Powell (McNulty), Kevin Brennan (Blodgett), Owen
          Weingott (Wadsworth), Dinah Shearing (Sally), Owen Ainley ( Conductor).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Emile Mercier (Cartoonist)
          Original US broadcast 02-07-45 (episode 213) possibly as "The Lost Card
          Game
"

34*  "The Man Who Loved Trouble"
          03-04-55 : 30:00*  Production date 01-19-55
          Producers John Saul, Charles Tingwell
          Charles Tingwell (EQ), Harp McGuire (RQ/Scream), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Nigel Lovell (Steve), Wynne Nelson (Eleanor), Guy Doleman (Syne),
          Joe McCormick (Zobo)
          Guest Armchair Detective: Rene Paul (French singer/actor)
          Original US radio broadcast
12-26-45 (episode 256) The Man Who Loved Murders
          (unconfirmed)

Harp McGuire




As of this week the role of Ellery Queen is played by Harp McGuire, the role of the inspector was written out of the first two scripts.

35* "Man without a Heart"
          03-11-55 : 30:00*  Production date 02-15-55 (02-05-55?)
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter), Kevin Brennan (Judge),
          Len Bullen (D.A.), Joe McCormick (Crawn),  David Nettheim (Clerk/ Crimp),
         Owen Weingott  (Billings/ Fornacci), Queenie Ashton (Mrs. Billings),
          Ken Wayne (Harry), Ward Leopold  (Prouty )
          Guest Armchair Detective: W.E. Pidgeon (artist, cartoonist)
         
Original US broadcast 08-03-44 or 08-05-44 (episode 189) Repeat of "The
          Meanest Man in the World
" 08-18-40

36* "
The Wine Machine"
          03-18-55 : 30:00*  Production date 02-13-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),  David Nettheim (Dr. Rabetto),
          Nigel Lovell (Velie), Georgie Sterling (Lois), Gordon Glenwright (Townsend),
          Myrna Dodd (Linda), Joan Landor (Miss Harris). The role of Lois was originally to be
          played by Margo Lee.
          Guest Armchair Detective: Geoffrey Toon (English actor)
          Original US broadcast 02-14-45 (episode 214)

Edward Howell plays the inspector

37* "The Case of the Green Eye"
       aka "The Adventure of the Green Eye"

          03-25-55 : 30:00*  Production date 02-24-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Bruce Stewart (Branson), Georgie
          Sterling (Cecily), Ossie Wenban (Irvine), Harvey Adams (Sir Hugh), Nigel Lovell
          (Petrel/ Diggers)
          Guest Armchair Detective: Lewis Hoad (Davis Cup tennis star)
          Original US broadcast 01-16-46 (episode 259) as "The Green Eye"

38* "The Airport Disaster"
          04-01-55 : 30:00*  Production date 03-10-55
          Producers L.W. Cecil ?  John Saul's signature is missing from Producer line. There is a
          small comment as bottom of page noting "different show results good".
          Harp McGuire (EQ), Lloyd Berrell (Velie), Edward Howell (Inspector/ Voice 4),
          Ken Wayne (Bartender/ Voice 2),  Bruce Stewart (Kerwin/ Waiter/ Voice 3),
          Nigel Lovell (Count/ Voice 1), Dinah Shearing (Frenchwoman).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Ken Rosewall (Australian tennis star)
          Original US radio broadcast
10-19-44 or 10-21-44 (episode 200) Airport Disasters

39* "The Crime In The Snow"
          04-08-55 : 30:00*  Production date 03-24-55 (?)
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Ron Whelan (Derby), John Meillon (Jack/ Man), Richard Meikle (Lars),
          Moira Redmond (Mrs. Fulton).
          Guest Armchair Detective: John Treloar (Olympic Champion sprinter)
          Original US radio broadcast
02-21-45 (episode 215)

          Nikki Porter accepts Ellery's invitation to spend a week- end at the ski lodge.

40* "The Old Man's Darling"
          04-15-55 : 30:00*  Production date 03-24-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Bill Dalzell (Thor), Ethel Lang (Sarah), Owen Weingott (Doctor), Dinah Shearing
          (Wanda), Lou Vemon (John).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Mr. Shephard (Redex Around Australia Car Trial)
 
         Original US broadcast 12-11-46  (episode 300) as "The Old Man's Darling"

        
 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.

41* "Question of Size"
          04-22-55 : 30:00*  Production date 03-31-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Myrna Dodd (Miss Gray), David Nettheim (Maghan), Grant Taylor (Knonk),
          Kevin Brennan (Fly), Owen Weingott (Benvenuto).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Professor A. Grove Day (Professor of English at
          University of Hawaii).
          Original US radio broadcast unknown

42* "The Absent Automatic" aka "The Missing Automatic"
          04-29-55 : 30:00*  Production date 04-05-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Len Bullen (Mark), Alan Trevor (Harvey), Joe McCormick (Stephen), Margaret
          Christensen (Flora).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Lionel McFadyen (President of the Sydney
          Torchbearers for Legacy)
          Original US radio broadcast 06-20-45 (episode 233)

43* "The Case of Entwhistle"
          05-06-55 : 30:00*  Production date 04-07-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Moira Redmond (Laura), Ken Hannam (Gifford/ Man), Walter Sulivan (Hartley),
          Richard Ashley (Butler/ Elevator Man)
          Guest Armchair Detective: Sir James Bissett (Former Captain of the Queen Mary)
          Original US broadcast 06-13-45 (episode 230) as "The Corpse of Mr. Entwhistle"

44* "The Armchair Detective"
          05-13-55 : 30:00*  Production date  04-14-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Pat Martin (Miss Wollen), Kevin Brennan (Dr. McKing), Moira Redmond
          (Rosemary), Alan Trevor (Bud ).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Freddie Bamberger & Pam (Comedy team)
          Original US radio broadcast
03-27-46 , Repeated on 3-18-48 (episode 269)

         
The Armchair detective is murdered whilst Ellery Queen is on the air. Ellery finds
          the solution before the show ends.


          A large amount of sound effects were used in the interrogation scene.

45* "The Dark Cloud"
          05-20-55 : 30:00*  Production date 04-21-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Kevin Brennan (Crockett), Alan Trevor (Valentine), Owen Ainley (Bye),
          Amber Mae Cecil (Margaret), Stewart Ginn (Percy).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Donald McClean (author, teacher)
          Original US broadcast 06-23-40 (episode 54) Repeated on 09-02-43 or
          09-04-43

46* "Ellery Queen: Gigolo"
          05-27-55 : 30:00*  Production date 04-26-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Margo Lee (Ruth), Guy Doleman (Buck), Ken Hannam (Ramon), Tom Farley
          (Matson), FiFi Banvard (Sheba).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Hugh Hastings (Play write)
          Original US radio broadcast
12-04-46 (episode 299)

         
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.


          The script directs Nikki to say 'Gigolo' with distaste when her and Ellery introduce
          the name of the program.

47* "The Millionaires' Club"
          06-03-55 : 30:00*  Production date 04-28-55
          Producers John Saul
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Moira Redmond (Polly), Kevin Brennan (Mason), Joe McCormick
          (Nicodemus/ Intern), Tom Farley (Forrester), Bill Dalzell (Steward), Deryk Barnes
          (Taylor),  FiFi Banvard (Mrs. David), Richard Ashley (Gilbert).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Frederick Ward (Librarian to consolidated press).
          Original US radio broadcast
04-23-42 or 04-25-42 (episode 83),  repeated as
          "The Inner Circle" 12-28-44 and 12-30-44

48* "The Laughing Woman"
          06-10-55 : 30:00*  Production date 05-12-55 and 12-12-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire (recording on 5th, John Saul (recording on 12th)
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector/Patron), Wendy Playfair (Nikki
          Porter),
Dinah Shearing (Frances), Don Crosby (Mason/ Stoolie), Ken Wayne
          (Tiger/Police Radio), Joe McCormick (Mitch/ Blatsky).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Mrs. Adelaide Scully (former wardrobe mistress of JC
          Williamsons' theatre).
          Original US radio broadcast 05-29-46 (episode 278).


         
A neurotic wife leaves her husband for a racketeer. The husband becomes prime
          suspect when that racketeer is  murdered.

         
Originally scheduled for the 5th, however due to a number of factors (recording
          interview of armchair detective from ep. 47, some cast running late and then
          doing a run through) recording of the actual episode was pushed back until 12th.

49* "The Prizefighter's Birthday"
          06-17-55 : 30:00*  Production date 05-10-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Grant Taylor (Velie), Ken Wayne (Billy), Len Bullen (Smitty), Dinah Shearing
          (Connie), Nigel Lovell (Mitch), Albert Garcia (Orman).
          Guest Armchair Detective: George Caiger (noted authority on international issues
          specifically Asian affairs).
          Original US radio broadcast
11-20-46 (episode 297)

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


50* "Torture Victim"
          06-24-55 : 30:00*  Production date 05-12-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Joe McCormick (High), Margaret Christensen (Rita), Ken Wayne (Miggles/ Cop)
          Guest Armchair Detective: Ken Hall (Film director)
          Original US radio broadcast 07-25-45 (episode 236)


51* "Cokey and the Pizza"
          07-01-55 : 30:00*  Production date 05-19-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          Joe McCormick (Sergeant Owen), Weingott (Pucci), Gordon Glenwright (Bambimbo),
          Al Thomas (Cholly), Max Obiston (Cokey/ Gangster).
          Guest Armchair Detective: Emery Bares (journalist, lecturer)
          Original US radio broadcast
06-19-46 (episode 281)

          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

52* "Green Gorillas"
          07-08-55 : 30:00*  Production date 05-26-55
          Producers John Saul, Harp McGuire
          Harp McGuire (EQ),  Edward Howell (Inspector), Wendy Playfair (Nikki Porter),
          John Meillon (Bobby), Rod Jacobs (Nucks), John Parker (Shimmy),
          John Godfrey (Jeep), Al Garcia (Rack).
          Guest Armchair Detective: John Caldwell (Young American Sailor, sailed across
          the Pacific in 36 foot boat).
          Original US radio broadcast 02-12-47 (episode 309), repeated 06-01-47


         
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.

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