1* "The Glass Village"
With Vaughn Taylor (Judge
Opatoshu (vagrant), Angela
Austin, Andrew Duggan.
Ellery pays a visit to a cousin who
judge in a New England village.
an elderly woman
bludgeoned to death, the townsfolk
to suspect a
was passing through the area.
Against the whishes of the judge and
Ellery, a posse is formed to go after
This debut episode was
Above right: George Nader and Vaughn Taylor in "The Glass Village" the
episode of The Further
Adventures of Ellery Queen (1958).
FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN
Because sequels are often flops, it is a pleasure to report
that NBC-TV's The
Further Adventures of Ellery Queen made a fine
debut Sept. 26 with "The Glass
Town." If the same levels of acting, writing and particularly
camera work are maintained, the live mystery series (in color)
should win a
considerable following. As the gentleman-detective, George
properly analytical and sardonic although Ellery Queen
purists may dispute
the opening and closing shots of the
intellectual supreme warmly embracing a
curvaceous blonde. No one else could. But it was the supporting
citizens of the dying, yet terribly proud, New England town who
made the hour
tingle. When an elderly woman painter of Shinn's Corners was
beaten to death,
the insular townsfolk were quick to accuse a passing vagrant,
compelling fear by David Opatoshu. As Judge Shinn, veteran
provided a welcome restraint to the undisciplined emotions of
citizens. In addition, there were flashes of humor, the comic
relief necessary in
the starkest tragedy, which was further proof of the excellent
outstanding was the camera work by the director who realized
the promise of
live television with his superb use of the "cameo" technique.
producer Albert McCleery (who produced the late and lamented
Theatre) has been quoted as saying "We're going to spend more
scripts and actors, not costly props and sets." Mr. McCleery's
tellingly applied in "The Glass Town," whose budget was half
amount for a live hour show. There is increasing evidence that
the mystery is
making a strong comeback and may eventually supersede the
western as the
"smart thing to produce." The Further Adventures of
Ellery Queen would be an
excellent (if not the) criterion for anyone with a series in
Production costs: Approximately $55,000 weekly.
Sponsored by RCA, through Kenyon & Eckhardt, on NBC-TV, Fri.,
EDT. Started Sept. 26.
Producer in charge of operations: Darrell Ross; producer in
charge of literary
properties: Ethel Frank; directors: Walter Grauman, Alan Cooke,
Granito, Alan Hanson, and Lamont Johnson; musical director:
(Broadcasting October 6 1958)
2* "The King is Dead"
scriptwriter Howard Rodman
Ilona Massey (Karla), Torin Thatcher (King), Les Tremayne
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)
The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen
are taking him farther away all the time.
Now, tonight, he's in New
England, mixing in with a tribe of wealthy eccentrics,
religious fanatics and closets
full of skeletons.
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.
Virginia Gibson joins John Lupton, who plays the role of a young
suspects that he commits crimes
during amnesia attacks; John Dehner, who
portrays his stepfather; and
Otto Kruger. who enacts the fanatically religious
brother of the stepfather, who
is marked for death.
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
NBC changed the title of
its Friday night series, "The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen."
Not because it was too long, however. The new title will be "NBC
Presents Ellery Queen, Starring George Nader"
(New York Post, Wednesday, October 22, 1958)
5* "The Eighth Mrs.Bluebeard"
a novel by Hillary Waugh,
scriptwriter Mel Goldberg
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.
company believes that the man has
killed several wives for their
and sends salesman Jack Graham to bait
trap for the killer.
Above right: MIDNIGHT
PICNIC on a Manhattan terrace is just getting
Ellery Queen (George Nader) and his girlfriend (Jann Darlyn)
when he is called into
the case of "The Eight Mrs.Bluebeard" on NBC-TV
Further Adventures of
... now its exactly what everybody calls it anyhow: "Ellery
6* "Cat of Many Tails"
With 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. A killer known only as 'The Cat" kills six
persons in New York.
7* "Death before Bedtime"
a novel by Edgar Box (Gore Vidal)
With Neil Hamilton,
Heather Angel (3), Karen Sharpe and Maggie Hayes
Ellery accepts an invitation to visit
Senator Leander Rhodes, who plans to
run for president. But shortly
after Ellery's arrival, Rhodes is murdered.
The scene of this one is
Washington, and the murdered man a Presidential
aspirant. With the characters
surrounding the victim all busy playing their own
game, it's not as clear as it
should be how he pulls it off, but what he comes up
with is a surprise.
is up to his intelligent ears in murders tonight — two of them, plus
another near-miss, the target
of which is Ellery. The story, involving a senator
and his daughter and some
skeletons in their closets, gets more and more
complicated as it goes along.
George Nader, as Ellery, gets a running romance in
this one for the first time,
with Karen Sharpe as the senator's daughter. The
murder weapon for murder No. 1
is a bomb in the fireplace, and it actually goes
off. Let us hope a good
ordnance man is on hand.
8* "Double, Double"
scriptwriter John Roeburt
With Luana Anders, Rhys Williams
(doctor), Robert Armstrong
chief), Stephen Joyce
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 that her
disappeared and asks for his help.
right: BABY-FACED BEATNIK -- George Nader's sleuthing, as Ellery
Queen, leads him to quaint
young lady (Luana Anders) with yen for dolls and
Episode 11/21/58 pre-empted
9* "So Rich, so Lovely and so Dead"
a novel by Harold Q.Masur
With Eva Gabor
(Linda), Thomas Gomez
(3), Whit Bissell (stockbroker)
Ellery investigates the murder of a wealthy
countess who was killed
shortly after appealing to him for help.
A conniving stockbroker stalked the
Miss Gabor will have the role
of Linda, a spoiled heiress to a mining fortune who
becomes involved with many men
seeking the fortune but who find death
instead in a bizarre murder
Further Promotions for "Ellery"
Over 30 NBC-TV affiliates are conducting one-week contests in support of
the network's Further Adventures of Ellery Queen (Fri.
8-9 p.m.), through a cooperative set-up arranged by NBC Director of
Exploitation Al Rylander. Stations are offering five-year, three-year
and one-year free subscriptions to Ellery Queen's
mystery magazine as awards to viewers who write the best reviews of the
program. Ten volume sets of the best Ellery Queen
novels will also be presented winners, in arrangement with Pocket Books
(Broadcasting December 1 1958)
10* "The Diamond-Studded Typewriter"
a novel by Carlton
With Olive Sturgess (3)
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.
A zany collection of characters
and an offbeat victim add a bit of spice to
tonight's thriller. Poor Ellery
is bopped on the head so often it's a wonder he
can hold it up, but his chase
for the murderer is full of suspense, even if the
conclusion lets you down.
11* "Four and Twenty - to Live"
aka "Tough Cop"
a novel by John Roeburt,
scriptwriter: Robert E. Thompson
Frank McHugh (condemned prisoner), Marcia
Henry Daniell (Bowery revivalist), John
Ellery is menaced by young
with a gun who wants him to
phone the governor and request a stay
of execution for her condemned father.
She begs Ellery to check on her
as she suspects a famous drama critic
is not her real father.
12* "Paint the Town Black"
from a novel by David
Alexander, scriptwriter S.S.Schweitzer
With: J. Carroll Naish, Mala Powers and George Macready.
A friend, foreign correspondent Mike Ainslee, who later
is blown up in a plane,
gives a valuable small
statuette to Ellery for safekeeping. Soon
involved in international intrigue when it is eagerly
sought by a secret
the daughter of a deposed Middle East
dictator. Strangers first offer
the statuette and, when he refuses,
to steal it.
If you can put The Maltese
Falcon out of your mind, S.S. Schweitzer's adaptation
of this whodunit may add up to
a suspenseful thriller. All the well-worn
ingredients are there: a stolen
statue that spells death to its possessor. Middle East
intrigue, a secret agent, a
newspaperman, a woman, and Ellery, of course. If
you're in the mood for
comparisons, leave this be.
13* "The Hollow Man"
a novel by John Roeburt,
scriptwriter Howard Rodman
Silvera (Sol), Whitney Blake
(Nina), Murvyn Vye (Marco),
Wesley Lau (Max), John Goddard
(Rocky), John Munroe (Aldo),
Russell Trent (Hobie), John Newton
Ellery becomes involved
in the search for
former welterweight champion who's
been missing for five years.
A man is
murdered, two people are
beaten and two
attempts are made to kill
Above right: George Nader (Ellery Queen) and Whitney
Blake (Nina) in
"The Hollow Man".
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 attempts 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
small-town airport. There Ellery is approached by a
old man who asks him to help someone falsely accused
It may be an unlikely
relationship, but the feminine private eye Ellery finds in
this tale becomes a powerful
cohort and adds a spark of interest to the show.
The rest of the story is the
usual complicated mess involving a aces of murder,
domestic unhappiness, and corruption. Peggy Castle
plays the gal who gives Ellery
"Heir to Revolution"
scriptwriter: Robert E.
With Scott Forbes (British
Jeanne Moody (wife of British consul),
Gusti Huber, Kurt Kasznar (3)
The U.S. government asks Ellery to
South-east Asian monarchy
which is on
the verge of being taken
over by communists.
Ellery is one of the few people who can
a young man who claims to be
heir to the throne.
Above right: George Nader as Ellery Queen in "Heir to
17* "The Murder of the Whistler's Brother"
the novel by David Alexander, scriptwriter Sheldon Stark
Shepperd Strudwick, Eduardo Ciannelli (3), Norma Moore, John Vivyan.
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.
Ellery must learn what happened
to a valuable painting or see his father's oldest
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
with: Francis Lederer, Jean
Marsh, Jay Novello, Michael Bradford,
Edgar Stehli and Lili Valenty.
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
that an auto accident involving
the daughter of a
prominent citizen is
connected with the finding of the
of a young girl in
In the disguise of a chauffeur
Ellery wins the confidence of injured
right: George Nader and Marian Seldes in "The Room Upstairs".
Tonight's whodunit (the last one starring George Nader) is fairly
though the facts involved may strain your credulity most of the way.
the picture of Ellery posing as a chauffeur in a wealthy man's home
elicit information about a wounded daughter who's confined to her room,
moments of tension and charm. Marian Seldes, as another daughter
distress, is also a definite asset. (Color) 8 p.m. Ch. 2.
NBC-TV began a promising new hour series in color, titled The Further
Adventures of Ellery Queen. Produced by Albert
McCleery, an intriguing series was anticipated. However, from the
beginning, the series, starring George Nader, lacked sustained interest.
A heavy-handed production, it often failed to produce the proper
suspense and credibility. Nader appeared to be the wrong choice for the
starring role. McCleery, an imaginative producer who earlier supplied
superior afternoon TV dramatic fare, failed to grasp the feeling for
this series. Scripts were "dull".
The inevitable happened NBC announced the series would shift from
Hollywood to New York and Alan Neuman has been named producer. A new
star is being cast for the title role . Nader's Hollywood commitments
made it impossible for him to come to New York. A film producer who
worked on the almost-forgotten Kate Smith Show and Wide,
Wide World, on TV, Neuman sees the son of Inspector Queen as a man
of humor, warmth and vitality. "He can think or move in action as
the situation demands," Neuman said. "With 70 per cent of the
nation's active mystery writers living In New York and with the vast
reservoir of Broadway acting talent to draw on, the move to New York is
expected to provide much fresh material for the show," he declared.
Much of the success of a show such as this depends on the writers. Stars
are important, but "meaty" material turned out by experienced writers is
Apparently ABC TV's Mike Wallace turned down the title
role in NBC-TV's Ellery Queen - At some point
(Jan 29, 1959) Gig Young was considered the lead contender for
the part. But when
the series switched to production in New York,
(left) 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