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The Adventures of Ellery Queen                            t e r u g
                   
('a Kaiser-Frazer Adventure in Mystery')

The show appeared on the Dumont Network beginning in 1950 and each episode took 25 minutes.Click on left and/or right sideDumont, 14 Oct 1950-1951
ABC, 1951- Dec,1952

Producers: Norman and Irving Pincus
Directors: Donald Richardson, William Hart, Alex Cohen.
Scriptwriters: Helene Hanff, Reginald Denham,
Mary Orr,
Eugene Burr, ...
Composer "Ellery Queen Theme"(the same theme that was used on the last 2 Radio series): Chester ("Chet") Kingsbury.  Music Arranged by Ray Carter
Set designer: J.R. Lloyd
Ellery QueenLee Bowman
Inspector Queen: Florenz Ames

Scriptwriter Helene Hanff became what she described as "Ellery Queen's special write of arty murders", and wrote plots about a murder at an art gallery, one at the opera, two at the ballet and one at a Shakespeare festival. "We were just getting round to murder at a rare book shop when they took the show off the air."

First Season 

Second Season

After an eight week summer vacation Ellery returned for 13 episodes

39* "The Twilight Zone"
            9/13/51
            Script: Henry Misrock
            appeared as Photo Mystery in TV Show edition  of January 1952 where no
            title was given...
  Full photomystery of this episode
            With: Guy Spaull (Marsden), Eva Gabor (Ilsa), Edgar Franken (Karl),
                       Ted Goetz (Max Leopold), Cosmo Cordello, Luis Van Rooten

Lee Bowman as Ellery Queen
            A German beer stein , bought on vacation in
            Germany reminds Ellery of what befell him
            and his father in a club in West-Germany.
            There they met British correspondent
            Marsden who meets Ilsa, a sultry singer.
            Propietor Max  Leopold does not approve.
            Marsden is drugged by a red agent Karl and
            swept off to East-Germany where he is
            tortured.
            In a attempt to find Marsden Inspector
            Queen also is kidnapped and subjected to
            the same treatment. Ellery, aided by Ilsa finds
            his way through tunnels to the "Red Zone".

40* "The Dead Man who Walked"
           9/20/51
           Script: Henry Misrock
           With: Mary Beth Hughes

41* "Murder in the Death House"
           9/27/51
           Script: Betty Loring

    
      Ellery sets out to to solve a prison murder and prevent a jailbreak.

42* "The Garden of Death"
           10/4/51
           Script: Henry Misrock

           Ellery gets to know a frightened sculptor and finds a murder problem.

 43"The Hanging Acrobat" aka Carnival Acrobat aka Carnival Killer (?) or
          10/
11/51                                               Murder at the Carnival (?)
          Repeat of 12/
21/50
   
      With: Sono Osato (Louise), Kurt Katch (Hugo), Frank Tweddell (Sheriff),
                    
Ray Bramley ( Colonel Day), Don Kennedy (Tex),
         
Adaptation: Gilbert BraunScript Editor: Eugene BurrSettings by Trew Hocker
          Music Ray Carter

  
       Amy Muller, a carnival acrobat with too many boyfriends, is found strangled to
          death. The prime suspect is "Tex," but Ellery Queen soon discovers who really
          did it.

44* "The Gridiron Murder"
           10/18/51
           Script: Henry Misrock

45* "The Coffee House Murder"
          
10/25/51
           Script: Norman Lessing

           Ellery visits a poor neighborhood to solve murder in an ethnic coffeehouse.

          Survives on Kinescope (1) 

46* "Death in a Ghost Town"
           11/01/51 (re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
           Queen 
03/25/56)
           Script: Henry Misrock

           Ellery and his father find a body in a Western ghost town but it disappears
           before anyone else sees it. Ellery suspects that somewhere in the ghost town
           both the victim and the murderer are hidding.

47* "Murder to Music"
         
11/8/51
         
Script: Helene Hanff
          'Kaiser Frazer' commercials presented by Rex Marshall.

         
Ellery is invited to the birthdayparty of the famous Maestro, he becomes
          suspicious when the conductor's invalid wife dies under strange circumstances.

                                     
                                                    (YouTube BJ's RECORDS & NOSTALGIA)

48* "The Inside Man"
           11/15/51
           Script: Henry Misrock based on story by Irving Pincus and Eugene Burr
           With: Valerie Bettis, Rex O'Malley

49* "Pavane for a Dead Princess"
           11/22/51
           Script: Betty Loring
           With: Billy Redfield, Reba Tassel

50* "The Shape-Up"
           11/29/51
           Script: Henry Misrock

51* "Death attends the Opera" (2) aka
     
"Death at the Opera"
(1)
         
12/6/51
         
Script: Helene Hanff

The series changed date, time slot, network and sponsor. It was seen Sundays on ABC from 7:30 to 8:00 PM sponsored by Kaiser-Frazer ...


The series changed date, time slot, network and sponsor. It was seen Sundays on ABC from 7:30 to 8:00 PM sponsored by Kaiser-Frazer

52*
"Ticket to Nowhere"
        12/16/51
        Script: Henry Misrock based on a story by Carol Gluck
        With: Nils Asther

53*"A Christmas Story"
        12/23/51
         Script: Raphael Hayes

54* "The Long Shot"
         
12/30/51
          Script: Norman Lessing

          A murder is committed in a betting parlor, Ellery and his dad investigate.

55* "The Long Shot" (2)
         
1/6/52
          Script: Norman Lessing
        
"The Unhung Jury" (1)
         
1/6/52
          Script: John C.Gibbs

56*"Death in the Sorority House"
         1/13/52
         Script: Henry Misrock

57*"The Feminine Touch"
         1/20/52
         Script: Raphael Hayes

58* "Dance of Death"
         
1/27/52
         
Script: Helene Hanff

         
Mysterious doings in a ballet school, Ellery investigates.

59* "One week to live"
         
2/3/52 (re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
          Queen 
12/04/55)
          Script: John C.Gibbs

          A bereaved widow asks Ellery for help after she's contacted by a stranger who
          demands she share with him the proceeds onher late husband's life..

60* "Mr.Big"
          2/10/52 re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
         Queen 
01/01/56)
          Script: Betty Loring

         
Ellery suspects that the suicide death of a smalltime gangster is connected with
          the operations of the underworld's Mr.Big. This mysterious figure has risen to the
          leadership of a narcotics ring.

61* "Left-Cross"
         2/17/52
         Script: Raphael Hayes

         
A corrupt boxing manager wants to fix a championship fight, Ellery looks for clues.

62* "The Red Hook Murder"
         2/24/52
         Script: Richard Ellington

63* "King Size Death"
         
3/2/52
          Script: John C.Gibbs

64* "The File of Death"
          10/4/51
           Script: Henry Misrock

    
      Income tax fraud uncovered as Ellery investigates a murder.

Lee Bowman (right) in a scene from the Red Hook MurderLee Bowman as Ellery Queen in 'Buck Fever' (01-10-1952)

After slightly more than a month the series returned to ABC in a new time slot 9:00 PM Wednesdays with a new sponsor Phillies Cigars and a new title "Ellery Queen's Adventures" beyond these changes the production team remained the same...

65* "The Bar Peaceful Murder"
         
4/16/52
          Script: Norman Lessing

          A kind old lady is murdered on a Western Ranch. Ellery sets out to find the culprit.

66* "Doodle of Death"
         
4/23/52 re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
         Queen 
01/29/56)
          Script: Betty Loring

          Ellery probes a murder that is connected with the disappearance of a priceless
          diamond. A series of penciled doodles provide a clue.

67* "The Man without Faces"
         
4/30/52 re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
          Queen  "The Night Visitors"
03/11/56)
          Script: Henry Misrock

          While traveling in Germany Ellery witnesses the beating of a young couple by a
          Neo-Nazi group wearing uniforms and masks.Ellery decides to expose it. He
          meets with no success  however until he meets an old innkeeper

68* "Death of a Wax Doll"
         
5/7/52 re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
         Queen 
02/26/56)
          Script: Betty Loring

          Ellery investigates a murder discovered by an eleven-year old boy who took a
          shortcut through a vacant lot.
When the young boy visits a wax museum to see a
          tableau of a murder he has witnessed, he is almost killed.

69* "Cat and Mouse"
          5/14/52
           Script: Henry Misrock

          A vengefull criminal threatens Ellery's life.

70*"Coroner's Inquest"
        5/21/52
        Script: Raphael Hayes

       
Ellery tries to help a boy prove that his father's death was not accidental.

71* "The Not So Private Eye"
          5/28/52
          Script: Henry Misrock

Episode 6/4/52 pre-empted: Betty Garde, local TV actress was injured when the taxi in which she was riding was involved in a collision with another car. As a result "Ellery Queen" scheduled for that night, in which she had the female lead was canceled and the entire cast paid off.
Norman and Irving Pincus used a kine of an earlier stanza in the 9-9:30 p.m. slot, via ABC which meant a second payment to members of that cast as well. Miss Garde was resting in a New York hospital with a split lip, banged nose and possible concussion. Her role was to be rescheduled for July.

72* "Rehearsal for Murder"
           6/11/52
           Script: Helene Hanff based on story by Irving Pincus and Eugene Burr

           In the milieu of a summer theatre a murder is committed.
.

73*"Prize Catch"
        6/18/52
        Script: Raphael Hayes

       
Whilst on a fishing trip Ellery and his father get entangled in a murder
        investigation.

74* "The Heartbroken Men"
          6/25/52
          Script: Henry Misrock

         
Ellery and his father crack a vicious insurance racket

75* "The Third Room"
          7/2/52
           Deze episode verscheen op eBay in Jul 2009 omschreven als "ABC Television
           Network 16mm A-wind Kinescope Composites Ellery Queen #6 #4900 07-02-52"
           en jammer genoeg deel uitmakend van een set met een startbod van 5,000$

Episode 7/9/52 pre-empted by coverage of the Republican National Convention.

76* "The Pool of Death"
         
7/16/52
          Script: Betty Loring

          As usual Ellery runs into a murder plot as he checks into a tourist resort and rents
          a poolside cabana.

Episode 7/23/52 pre-empted by coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

77* "Dead Secret"
           7/30/52
           Script: Irving Pincus and Helene Hanff

           Ellery's life depends on his memory as he needs to remember the finest details of
           his last visit to the bank
.

78* "The Canvas Shroud"
           8/6/52
           Script: Irving Pincus, Eugene Burr and John C.Gibbs

           Ellery's on vacation and Inspector Queen sets out to the circus only to find
           murder.

79* "A Frame for a Chair"
          8/13/52
          Script: Henry Misrock

         
Inspector Queen sets out to exonorate a teenager sentenced to the electric chair.

80* "The Winner was Death"
           8/20/52
           Script: John C.Gibbs

           Inspector Queen attends a prizefight that culminates in murder.

81* "Confidential Agent"
         
8/27/52
          Script: Betty Loring

          A blackmail victim and a murderess is what faces Inspector Queen.

82* "The Ten Dollar Bill"
          9/3/52
          Script: Henry Misrock

         
Ellery and his dad need to visit a waterfont magic shop as they found a strange
          banknote on the body of a murdered man.

83* "The Wise Man"
           9/10/52
           Script: John C.Gibbs

           Ellery tracks down a blackmail ring.

84* "Ready for Hanging"
           9/17/52
           Script: Helene Hanff based on a story by Irving Pincus

           High-society aestheses fall victim to an art swindle. Ellery intervenes.

85* "Legacy of Death"
         
9/24/52
          Script: Betty Loring

          Ellery as bodyguard for a woman who is marked for murder.

86*"Buck Fever"
 
       10/1/52
        Directed by Walter Hart, Script: Henry Misrock, script editor: Eugene Burr
        Setdesign:  John Robert Lloyd,  Music arrangement:  Ray Carter
        Technical director: Walter Kubilus, Supervision:  A.Burke Crotty
        With: Richard Caryle (Bill Williams), Rusty Lane (Sheriff), Robert Middleton
        (Tim Hadden, Lori March (Claire Williams), Dennis Dengate (Stick-man)
    

        Ellery goes hunting and gets accused of shooting a collegue hunter by
        accident

                                     
                                                    (YouTube Madness into Darkness)

87* "Custom Made"
           10/08/52 re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
           Queen 
01/08/56)
           Script: Raphael Hayes and Helene Hanff

           Ellery's tailor sends him the wrong dinner jacket, Ellery seeks out the right
           garment only to find it on a dead man.

88* "The Two-Faced Man"
           10/15/52 re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
           Queen  "The Mask of Rosselli"
12/25/55)
           Script: Michael Morris

          
Ellery is baffled when an American plastic surgeon  is kidnapped in Rome only to
           be identified a few weeks later as a dangerous masked murderer

89* "A Touch of Death"
         
10/22/52 re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
          Queen  "Stranger in the Dark"
10/02/55
          Script: Betty Loring

          Ellery tries to save a blind girl, the only witness her roommate's murder, who is
          stalked by the killer in the Braille room of the public library

90* "Close-up of Murder"
          10/29/52 re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
          Queen 
12/11/55
          Script: Henry Misrock

         
Ellery sets up a hidden microphone to solve a murder in TV-studio during
          broadcast of a live detective program.

91* "The Destructive Angel"
           11/5/52
           Script: Michael Morris
           With: Haila Stoddard.

          
The theft of a literary manuscript leads to murder.

92* "The High Executioner"
           11/12/52
           Script: Helene Hanff

           During the performance by an amateur opera company of "The Mikado" a murder
           takes place. Ellery sets out to find the murderer.

93* "Companion to a Killer"
           11/19/52 re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
          Queen  "The Recluse"
11/27/55
           Script: Irving Pincus and Betty Loring

 
          A hotel bellhop murders the desk clerk and takes refuge in the room of a diabetic
           old woman. Ellery uses a lump of sugar as part of a plan to capture the murderer
           without endangering then hostage.

94* "Double Exposure"
           11/26/52 re-used as basis for an episode of TPA tv-series Adventures of Ellery
          Queen 
04/01/56
           Script: Henry Misrock

          
A frightened father comes to Ellery for help when the kidnappers of his son
           warn him not to go to the police. Ellery compares two photographs and comes
           up with a clue.

Unknown titles, possibly alternative title to an existed episode or pre-empted episode...

*"Killer D.A."
     exact date unknown  ? / ? /51

The series was also shown in Australia, where it played on Channel 2 on Thursdays at 9 pm throughout 1957.   



References
(
1) The Live Television of Ellery Queen by Francis M.Nevins Jr in The Armchair
      Detective
volume 17, 1984

(2) Brooklyn NY Daily Television and Radio Programs Newspaper, 1951
(3) IMDb
(4) Wikipedia

Last updated July 22, 2016 


         
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