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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

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.

 *"The Hanging Acrobat"
              aka "Carnival Acrobat"
              aka Carnival Killer (?) or "Murder at the Carnival" (?)
          10/11/51
          Repeat of 12/
21/50
   
      With: Sono Osato (Louise), Kurt Katch (Hugo), Frank Tweddell (Sheriff),
                     Ray Bramley (
Colonel Day), Don Kennedy (Tex)
          Donald Richardson (director), Gilbert Braun (adaptation),  Eugene Burr
         (script editor), Trew Hocker (settings), Ray Carter (music), Rex Marshall
         (announcer: uncredited).

         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"
           10/18/51
           Script: Henry Misrock

44* "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) 

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 hidding.

46* "Murder to Music"
         
11/8/51
         
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"
           11/15/51
           Script: Henry Misrock based on story by Irving Pincus and Eugene Burr
           With: Valerie Bettis, Rex O'Malley

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

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

50* "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.

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

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

53* "The Unhung Jury" (1: 1/6/52)
         
12/30/51
          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"
         1/13/52
         Script: Henry Misrock

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

57* "Dance of Death"
         
1/27/52
         
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 onher 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"
        2/17/52
        Script: Raphael Hayes

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

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

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

63* "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 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"
         
4/16/52
          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.

66* "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.

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

          A vengeful criminal threatens Ellery's life.

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

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

70* "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.

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"
           6/11/52
           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"
           6/18/52
          
Script: Raphael Hayes

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

73* "The Heartbroken Men"
          6/25/52
          Script: Henry Misrock
          With: Neva Patterson (5)

         
Ellery and his father crack a vicious insurance racket

74* "The Third Room"
          7/2/52
          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"
         
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.

76* "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
.

77* "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.

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"
          8/13/52
          Director: Walter Hart

          Script: Henry Misrock

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

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

           Inspector Queen attends a prizefight that culminates in murder.

80*
 "Confidential Agent"
         
8/27/52
          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)

81* "The Ten Dollar Bill" (aka "The $10 Bill")
          9/3/52
          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"
           9/10/52
           Script: John C.Gibbs

           Ellery tracks down a blackmail ring.

83* "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.

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

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

85*"Buck Fever"
           10/1/52
           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

88* "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"
           11/5/52
           Script: Michael Morris
           With: Haila Stoddard.

          
The theft of a literary manuscript leads to murder.

91* "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.

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.

93* "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


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.
   


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

(5) Variety

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