Further Adventures of Ellery Queen
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Producer: Albert McCleery, Alan Neuman (NY)
Writers: S. S. Schweitzer, Howard Rodman,
Harold Gast, Warner Law,
Robert E. Thompson, Don Ettlinger,
Michael Dyne, Sheldon Stark,
Nicholas E. Baehr, William Mourne
Theme: Frederick 'Fred' Steiner
Music Director: Eddie Truman
EQ: George Nader,
Inspector Queen: Les Tremayne
During the first twenty weeks Ellery was enacted by the far too young
and handsome looking George Nader. Nader won the role after a
coast-to-coast talent search that included sidewalk surveys of average
people to get their views on what the sophisticated detecive should look
like. Scripts were poor and the acting
abominable. In this series the idea was to do actual Queen stories, and six of the
first eight were adaptation of the novels. Other writers' mystery stories were dramatized
by making Ellery the hero character which didn't help much... The show was telecast live from
McCleery's biggest problem was finding an actor to
play Queen. McCleery had long talks with Dannay and Lee. "After getting
a run-down on the character, I built up a picture in my own mind of an
attractive, not overly athletic man of maybe around 30, well-educated
without being an intellectual snob - a man who might have gone to
Dartmouth or Williams or Hamilton and who might have been on the
swimming team. Not a football player. Not a Mike Hammer."
From a practical standpoint it was also McCleery's mission to find an
actor who was "not in the $100,000-a-year class but who would like to be
It wasn't easy and the choice was almost sheer accident. On a Wednesday
afternoon in September, McCleery bumped into George Nader. They had
worked together, and Nader gave him a cheery greeting. "Found your
yet?" he asked. McCleery said no. "I'd be interested myself if it
weren't for that five-a-week business," Nader said.
"Five-a-week?" McCleery replied. 'You're thinking of Matinee Theater.
The Queen show will be once a week." - "I'm interested," said George. By
the next Wednesday Nader was rehearsing the first hour-long show.
McCleery, knowing an actor's tendency to start dragging when he's on a
six-day work schedule in the same role, has taken steps. "I've hired
five directors on a rotating basis," he grins. "That'll keep George
(from TV Guide, 11-29-1958: Ellery Queen 30 years later)
starring George Nader:
1* "The Glass Village"
With Vaughn Taylor, Angela
Ellery pays a visit to a cousin who
in a New England village. When
painter is bludgeoned to death, the
townsfolk are quick
to suspect a
was passing through the area. Against the
whishes of the judge and Ellery, a posse is
formed to go after the
This debut episode was propably the
2* "The King is Dead"
scriptwriter Howard Rodman
Ilona Massey, Torin Thatcher, Les Tremayne (3)
Ellery and Inspector Queen are
approached by Abel Bendigo, a member of
the powerful Bendigo
Munitions Company family, when the life of his
brother King is
3* "Ten Day's Wonder"
With Otto Kruger (2) Virginia Gibson, John Lupton, John Dehner (3)
Howard Van Horn, a young
sculptor, asks Ellery to watch him during one
of his recurrent
attacks of amnesia. Van Horn is afraid that he is committing
crimes during his blackouts.
4* "The Door Between"
Teleplay by Michael Dyne (3)
With Robert Lowery, Adrienne
Karen Leith, born and raised in
Japan, comes to live on Washington
Square, where she lives
the life of a recluse, concentrating on writing her
The she meets an old friend, Dr.McClure, and soon they announce
their forthcoming marriage, which is opposed by the doctor's
When Karen is found killed, Mc Clure's daughter is
5* "The Eighth Mrs.Bluebeard"
a novel by Hillary Waugh, scriptwriter
Jann Darlyn (EQ's girlfriend), Jeanne
Cooper, Gene Raymond (1,3)
An insurance company is forced to pay out
$50,000 on a policy when a man's wife dies in
a canoe accident.
The company believes that
the man has killed several
wifes for their
insurance, and sends salesman Jack Graham
to bait a
trap for the killer.
6* "Cat of Many Tails"
John Abbott, Paul Langton
The mayor of New York City calls on
Ellery to help solve a series of
strangulations for which
the police can find no motive but which they
believe to be the work
of one killer.
7* "Death before Bedtime"
a novel by Edgar Box (Gore Vidal)
Neil Hamilton, Heather Angel
Ellery accepts an invitation to visit
Senator Leander Rhodes, who plans to
run for president. But shortly
after Ellery's arrival, Rhodes is murdered
8* "Double, Double"
scriptwriter John Roeburt
Luana Anders, Rhys Williams
Ellery receives in the mail a number of
clippings relating a series of
accidental deaths in a small town
where he once lived. Then he is
visited by a
young girl from the same town who tells him
disappeared and asks for
Episode 11/21/58 pre-empted
9* "So Rich, so Lovely and so Dead"
a novel by Harold Q.Masur
With Eva Gabor, Thomas Gomez
(3), Whit Bissell (stockbroker)
Ellery investigates the murder of a wealthy
contess who was killed
shortly after appealing to him for help.
A conniving stockbroker stalked the
10* "The Diamond-Studded Typewriter"
a novel by Carlton
With James Gavin, Olive
Alice Anthony asks
handwriting expert Jeff Green to help her prove that
the late James
Gavin is her father, who deserted her and her mother years
A notorious diamond smuggler
forces Ellery to accept the gift of a typewriter
at gunpoint and is
murdered shortly after.
11* "Four and Twenty - to Live"
a novel by John Roeburt,
scriptwriter: Robert E. Thompson
Ellery is menaced by a girl
with a gun who wants him to phone the
governor and request a stay
of execution for her condemned father.
12* "Paint the Town Black"
from a novel by David
Alexander, scriptwriter S.S.Schweitzer
A friend gives a valuable small
statuette to Ellery for safekeeping. Soon
afterward, Ellery becomes
involved in international intrigue when he's
strangers who first offer to by the statuette and, when her
attempt to steal it.
13* "The Hollow Man"
a novel by John
Silvera (Sol), Whitney Blake
(Nina), Murvyn Vye (Marco) ,
(Max), John Goddard (Rocky), John Munroe
Russell Trent (Hobie), John Newton
Ellery becomes involved
in the search for
former welterweight champion who's been
missing for five years.
14* "Bury me Deep"
from a novel by Harold Q.Masur,
scriptwriter William Mourne
With Richard Long, Pat McVey and Joanne Linville. (2)
Ellery returns unexpectedly to
his New York apartment and finds a beautiful
drunk and making herself at home. Shortly, however,
dies, poisoned, and Ellery attemps to learn her identity and find
15* "The Jinn City Story"
from a novel by John
Roeburt, scriptwriter Nicholas E. Baehr
Castle, Vanessa Brown,
Brian Keith, James Bell (1,3)
Ellery's plane is forced
by heavy fog and bad weather to make an
emergency landing at a
smalltown airport. There Ellery is approached by a
old man who asks him to help someone falsely accused
"Heir to Revolution"
scriptwriter: Robert E.
With Scott Forbes (British
Moody (wife of British consul),
Gusti Huber, Kurt Kasznar (3)
The U.S.governement asks Ellery to travel to
South-east Asian monarchy which is on
verge of being taken over by communists.
Ellery is one of the few people who can
a young man who claims to be the
heir to the throne.
17* "The Murder of the Whistler's Brother"
the novel by David Alexander, scriptwriter Sheldon Stark
Shepperd Strudwick, Eduardo Ciannelli (3)
The director of an art museum asks Ellery to recover a
painting within 24 hours
so that it can be shown at an important exhibition.
18* "Death Likes it Hot"
a novel by Edgar Box (Gore
scriptwriter: Robert E. Thompson
Anna Lee, Kent Smith, Julie Bennett, Vivi Janis (1,3)
A friend of Ellery's drowns in
tropical waters, but Ellery knew his friend to
be an expert swimmer
and suspects the death was murder.
Episode 02/06/59 pre-empted
19* "Margin of Terror"
a novel by William P.McGivern,
scriptwriter: Warner Law
During a speaking engagement in
Naples, "Papa George" Dimitrovitch, a
official who defected to the United States, is kidnapped by
agents who intend to force him to return to Russia. Ellery
his Italian vacation and tries to find Papa George.
20* "The Room Upstairs"
with Frankie Darro,
Joan Hackett ? (3)
from a novel by Mildred
scriptwriter Don Ettlinger
Marion Seldes (Hilda), Judith Braun
(Doris), Dayton Lummis (Mr.Corwith),
Dabbs Greer (Jake)
Ellery receives a call
for help from a friend, a
small-town policeman who suspects
auto accident involving the daughter of a
prominent citizen is connected with the
finding of the unidentifiable body
of a young
girl in the river.
In the disguise of a chauffeur
Ellery wins the confidence of injured girl's
the series switched to production in New York,
Lee Philips took over the EQ role and the
Inspector was completely dropped. Philips played Ellery as a man of
awareness and compassion, substantially closer to the original concepts.
Using only original scripts the show was
produced on videotape rather than live and the title was shortened to "Ellery