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The Adventures of Ellery Queen                            b a c k
("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... 

After an eight week summer vacation Ellery returned for 13 episodes

Second Season

"The Twilight Zone"
Script: Henry Misrock
appeared as Photo Mystery in TV Show edition  of January 1952 where no title was given...   Full photo mystery 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"
Script: Henry Misrock
With: Mary Beth Hughes
41* "Murder in the Death House"
Script: Betty Loring

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

"The Garden of Death"
Script: Henry Misrock

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

** "The Hanging Acrobat"
      aka "
Carnival Acrobat"
"Carnival Killer" (?)
              or "
Murder at the Carnival" (?)
Repeated on 10/11/51
Donald Richardson (director), Gilbert Braun (adaptation),  Eugene Burr (script editor), Trew Hocker (settings), Ray Carter (music), Rex Marshall (announcer: uncredited).
With: Sono Osato (Louise), Kurt Katch (Hugo), Frank Tweddell (Sheriff), Ray Bramley (
Colonel Day), Don Kennedy (Tex)

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. 
43* "The Gridiron Murder"
Script: Henry Misrock

"The Coffee House Murder"
Script: Norman Lessing

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

Survives on Kinescope (1) 

45* "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 hiding.
46* "Murder to Music"
Script: Helene Hanff
"Kaiser Frazer" commercials presented by Rex Marshall.

Ellery is invited to the birthday party of the famous Maestro, he becomes suspicious when the conductor's invalid wife dies under strange circumstances.
("Murder to Music" - YouTube moondogsballroom)
47* "The Inside Man"
Script: Henry Misrock based on story by Irving Pincus and Eugene Burr
With: Valerie Bettis, Rex O'Malley
48* "Pavane for a Dead Princess"
Script: Betty Loring
With: Billy Redfield, Reba Tassel
49* "The Shape-Up"
Script: Henry Misrock
50* "Death attends the Opera" (2)
"Death at the Opera" (1)
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.

51* "Ticket to Nowhere"
Script: Henry Misrock based on a story by Carol Gluck
With: Nils Asther
52* "A Christmas Story"
Script: Raphael Hayes
53*  "The Unhung Jury" (1: 1/6/52)
Script: John C.Gibbs
54* "The Long Shot" (1: 12/30/51)
12/30/51 (2)
Script: Norman Lessing

A murder is committed in a betting parlor, Ellery and his dad investigate.
55* "Death in the Sorority House"
Script: Henry Misrock
56* "The Feminine Touch"
Script: Raphael Hayes
57* "Dance of Death"
Script: Helene Hanff

Mysterious doings in a ballet school, Ellery investigates.
58*  "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 on her late husband's life..
59* "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.
60* "Left-Cross"
Script: Raphael Hayes

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

"The Red Hook Murder"
Script: Richard Ellington

62* "King Size Death"
Script: John C.Gibbs
63* "The File of Death"
Script: Henry Misrock

Income tax fraud uncovered as Ellery investigates a murder.

Lee Bowman (right) in a scene from "the Red Hook Murder".Lee Bowman as Ellery Queen in "Buck Fever" (01-10-1952).
Above left: Lee Bowman (right) in a scene from "The Red Hook Murder".
Above right: Lee 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...
64* "The Bar Peaceful Murder"
Script: Norman Lessing

A kind old lady is murdered on a Western Ranch. Ellery sets out to find the culprit.
65* "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.

"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.

Television could use more of the hard hitting, courageous scripting that went into last week's installment of "Ellery Queen" on ABC-TV. Within the framework of the half-hour production, which generally hews to the standardized, pedestrian cops-and-robbers formula, producers Irving and Norman Pincus, writers Henry Misrock and director Donald Richardson, aided and abetted by star Lee Bowman and such capable TV thespians as Vaughn Taylor, detoured into seldom penetrated video avenues for a vivid  exposition of bigotry and intolerance as practiced in some sectors of the United States.
Inspired by recent accounts of floggings and attacks of minorities by masked marauders in small communities of the country, this "Ellery" episode had something important to depict, and did it with commendable forthrightness and honesty. It told of a reign of hooded terrorism in a small town, led by the mayor and sheriff, ostensibly to rid the community of "foreigners" but actually motivated by the town's vested interests bent on retaining their filling stations, hardware stores, etc., when competition threatened to move in.
It was not a pretty picture, which spanned the gamut of the tar-and-feather brand of terrorism to actual lynching's. All concerned acquitted themselves in fine style - with the single exception of the Bayuk cigar (Phillies) sponsors, with over-accented spiels and a closing filmed commercial (featuring Bobby Clark's cigar-wielding comicalities) that was so out of tempo with the half-hour stanza as to make the whole thing ludicrous. - Rose
                                        (Variety, Wednesday May 7. 1952)

67* "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.

"Cat and Mouse"
Script: Henry Misrock

A vengeful criminal threatens Ellery's life.

69* "Coroner's Inquest"
Script: Raphael Hayes

Ellery tries to help a boy prove that his father's death was not accidental.
70* "The Not So Private Eye"
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.

Betty Garde, who was to play the femme lead on ABC-TV’s "Adventures of Ellery Queen” last Wednesday (4), was hurt while riding in a taxicab to a rehearsal on the day of the telecast. As a result, the N. Y.-originating live show had to be cancelled and an old kine used; It was too close to air time to get a substitute lead. Packagers Norman and Irving Pincus were clipped financially, since they had to pay the cast in the vehicle which wasn’t aired and also pay the performers and scripter on the kine. The cancelled yarn will be reprised in a month or so when Miss Garde is able to appear in it. Accident occurred when a pedestrian darted in front of the cab and the driver stopped short; a web spokesman said. Actress, was thrown against the jump seat, had a nose hemorrhage and had to be hospitalized.
                                                 (Variety, Wednesday June 11, 1952)

71* "Rehearsal for Murder"
Script: Helene Hanff based on story by Irving Pincus and Eugene Burr
With: Lili Darvas (5)

In the milieu of a summer theatre a murder is committed.
72* "Prize Catch"
Script: Raphael Hayes

Whilst on a fishing trip Ellery and his father get entangled in a murder investigation.
73* "The Heartbroken Men"
Script: Henry Misrock
With: Neva Patterson (5)

Ellery and his father crack a vicious insurance racket
74* "The Third Room"
This episode came up at an eBay auction (Jul 2009) described as "ABC Television Network 16mm A-wind Kinescope Composites Ellery Queen #6 #4900 07-02-52" unfortunately as part of 5,000$ (starting bid) set
Episode 7/9/52 pre-empted by coverage of the Republican National Convention.
75* "The Pool of Death"
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.
76* "Dead Secret"
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
77* "The Canvas Shroud"
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.
Walter Hart is directing ABC-TV’s "Ellery Queen” this week. Donald Richardson has left the stanza, with a new megger not yet set by packagers Norman and Irving Pincus .  (Variety, Wednesday August 13, 1952)
78* "A Frame for a Chair"
Director: Walter Hart

Script: Henry Misrock

Inspector Queen sets out to exonerate a teenager sentenced to the electric chair.
79* "Winner was Death"
Script: John C.Gibbs

Inspector Queen attends a prizefight that culminates in murder.
80* "Confidential Agent"
Script: Betty Loring

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

Richard Derr stars on "Ellery Queen" tonight (Wed.)- while Lee Bowman is on vacation. Bowman returns the following week
                          (Variety, Wednesday, August 27, 1952)


"The Ten Dollar Bill"
              aka "The $10 Bill"
Script: Henry Misrock
Technical director: Walter Kubillus
Supervisor: Burke Crotty
With: Olive Deering, Henry Jones, Harry Bellaver, Joseph Sullivan

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

Lee Bowman came back from a summer vacation last Wednesday night (3) to resume his lead sleuth role in the “Adventures of Ellery Queen” series on ABC-TV. 'Vehicle for his return was a good one, a script yarn by Henry Misrock, titled “The $10 Bill."' in which Bowman, as Ellery Queen, became involved with a ship-dock murder, a snazzy blonde, a waterfront shop selling articles of “magic” and an international counterfeit syndicate. Situations weren’t hard to follow — or to spot — but they maintained a good level of interest, thanks to excellent acting performances as well as good dialog. Smaller parts (such as Henry Jones’ and Olive Deering’s) were as well-taken and authentic as Bowman's and Florenz Ames’ (latter in the familiar role of Bowman’s father Inspector Queen). Commercials had punch, and were kept in proper focus.- Bron.
                           (Variety, Wednesday September 10. 1952)

82* "The Wise Man"
Script: John C.Gibbs

Ellery tracks down a blackmail ring.
83* "Ready for Hanging"
Script: Helene Hanff based on a story by Irving Pincus

           High-society aestheses fall victim to an art swindle. Ellery intervenes.
84* "Legacy of Death"
Script: Betty Loring

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

"Buck Fever"
Directed by Walter Hart, Script:
Henry Misrock, Script Editor: Eugene Burr, Set Design:  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 colleague hunter by accident.                               

("Buck Fever" - YouTube ComicWeb)
86* "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.
87* "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

"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

89* "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.
90* "The Destructive Angel"
Script: Michael Morris
With: Haila Stoddard.

The theft of a literary manuscript leads to murder.
91* "The High Executioner"
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.
92* "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.

"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.

ABC-TV's Ellery Queen program received an award from Parade magazine for "public service in the national effort to combat crime".
Presentation was made on program by Parade editor Jess Gorkin.            (Broadcasting, Jan 12, 1953)

The series was also shown in Australia, where it played on Channel 2 on Thursdays at 9 pm throughout 1957.
Note: Unknown titles, possibly alternative title to an existed episode or pre-empted episode :
"Killer D.A."  exact date unknown  ? / ? /51
1) The Live Television of Ellery Queen  by Francis M.Nevins Jr in The Armchair
volume 17, 1984

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

(5) Variety

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