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The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen       b a c k
       (Ellery Queen)

Publicityshot of George Nader as Ellery Queen

NBC, 1958-1959

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

Cast:
EQ: George Nader, Lee Philips

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 detective 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 Hollywood.

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 in it."
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
Ellery Queen 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 hopping."

                                      (from TV Guide, 11-29-1958: "Ellery Queen 30 years later")

George Nader as Ellery Queen with Angela Austin rehearsing.
Right: George Nader as Ellery Queen with Angela Austin rehearsing.










starring George Nader:
1* "The Glass Village"
George Nader and Vaughn Taylor in "The Glass Village" the debut episode of "The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen" (1958).         9/26/58
         With Vaughn Taylor, Angela Austin

         Ellery pays a visit to a cousin who is
         judge in a New England village.
         When
an elderly woman painter is
         bludgeoned to death,  the townsfolk
         are quick
to suspect a tramp who 
         was passing through the area.
         Against the whishes of the judge and
         Ellery, a  posse is formed to go after
         the tramp.

         This debut episode was probably the
         best

         Above right: George Nader and Vaughn Taylor in "The Glass Village" the debut
         episode of The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen (1958).

2* "The King is Dead"
         10/03/58
         scriptwriter Howard Rodman
         With 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 threatened.

3* "Ten Day's Wonder"
         10/10/58
         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"
         10/17/58
         Teleplay by Michael Dyne (3)
         With Robert Lowery, Adrienne Marden (3)

         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
         novels. The she meets an old friend, Dr.McClure, and soon they announce
         their forthcoming marriage,  which is opposed by the doctor's daughter.
         When Karen is found  killed, Mc Clure's daughter is accused.

5* "The Eighth Mrs.Bluebeard"
MIDNIGHT PICNIC on a Manhattan terrace is just getting interesting for Ellery Queen (George Nader) and his girlfriend (Jann Darlyn) when he is called into the case of "The Eight Mrs.Bluebeard" on NBC-TV "THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN" series Friday.         10/24/58
         from a novel by Hillary Waugh,
         scriptwriter Mel Goldberg
         With 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 wives for their insurance,
         and sends salesman Jack Graham to bait
         a trap for the killer.

        
Above right: MIDNIGHT PICNIC on a Manhattan terrace is just getting
          interesting for Ellery Queen (George Nader) and his girlfriend (Jann Darlyn)
          when he is called into the case of "The Eight Mrs.Bluebeard" on NBC-TV
The
          Further Adventures of Ellery Queen
series Friday.

6* "Cat of Many Tails"
         10/31/58
         With John Abbott, Paul Langton (3)

         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"
         11/07/58
         from a novel by Edgar Box (Gore Vidal)
         With Neil Hamilton, Heather Angel (3)

         Ellery accepts an invitation to visit Senator Leander Rhodes, who plans to
         run for president. But shortly after Ellery's arrival, Rhodes is murdered

BABY-FACED BEATNIK -- George Nader's sleuthing, as Ellery Queen, leads him to quaint young lady (Luana Anders) with yen for dolls and discs8* "Double, Double"
         11/14/58
         scriptwriter John Roeburt
         With Luana Anders, Rhys Williams (3)

         Ellery receives in the mail a number of
       
 newspaper clippings relating a series of
         supposedly 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 father has
        disappeared and asks for his help.


        Above right: BABY-FACED BEATNIK -- George Nader's sleuthing, as Ellery
        Queen,
leads him to quaint young lady (Luana Anders) with yen for dolls and
        discs.

Episode 11/21/58 pre-empted

9* "So Rich, so Lovely and so Dead"
         11/28/58
         from a novel by Harold Q.Masur

         With Eva Gabor, 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
         wealthy heiress

10* "The Diamond-Studded Typewriter"
         12/05/58
         from a novel by Carlton Keith

         With James Gavin, 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
         ago.

         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"
         12/12/58
         from 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"
         12/19/58
          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
         approached by strangers who first offer to by the statuette and, when her
         refuses, attempt to steal it.

13* "The Hollow Man"
George Nader (Ellery Queen) and Whitney Blake (Nina) in "The Hollow Man".          12/26/58
          from a novel by John Roeburt,
          scriptwriter Howard Rodman
          With Frank Silvera (Sol), Whitney Blake
       
  (Nina), Murvyn Vye  (Marco),
          Wesley Lau (Max), John Goddard
          (Rocky), John Munroe (Aldo),
          Russell Trent (Hobie), John Newton 
       
  (Lt.Anders).

          Ellery becomes involved in the search for
       
  former welterweight champion who's
          been missing for five years.

          Above right: George Nader (Ellery Queen) and Whitney Blake (Nina) in
          "The Hollow Man".

14* "Bury me Deep"
          01/02/59
          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
          woman, apparently drunk and making herself at home. Shortly, however,
          the woman dies, poisoned, and Ellery attempts to learn her identity and find
          her murderer.

15* "The Jinn City Story"
          01/09/59
          from a novel by John Roeburt,  scriptwriter Nicholas E. Baehr
          With Peggy 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
          strange old man who asks him to help someone falsely accused of murder.

16* "Heir to Revolution"
George Nader as Ellery Queen
          01/16/59
         (original script) scriptwriter: Robert E.
         Thompson

         With Scott Forbes (British consul),
         Jeanne Moody (wife of British consul),
         Gusti Huber, Kurt Kasznar (3)

        
The U.S. government asks Ellery to
         travel to a South-east Asian monarchy
         which is on the verge of being taken
         over by communists.
         Ellery is one of the few people who can
         identify a young man who claims to be
         the rightful heir to the  throne.

         Above right: George Nader as Ellery Queen in "Heir to Revolution".

17* "The Murder of the Whistler's Brother"
         01/23/59
         from the novel by David Alexander, scriptwriter Sheldon Stark (1)
         With Shepperd Strudwick, Eduardo Ciannelli (3)

         The director of an art museum asks Ellery to recover a stolen Cezanne
         painting within 24 hours so that it can be shown at an important exhibition.

18* "Death Likes it Hot"
         01/30/59
         from a novel by Edgar Box (Gore Vidal),
         scriptwriter: Robert E. Thompson
         with 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"
         02/13/59
         from a novel by William P.McGivern, scriptwriter: Warner Law

         During a speaking engagement in Naples, "Papa George" Dimitrovitch, a
         former Soviet official who defected to the United States, is kidnapped by
         Soviet agents who intend to force him to return to Russia. Ellery extends
         his Italian vacation and tries to find Papa George.

20* "The Room Upstairs"
          02/20/59
          with Frankie Darro, Joan Hackett ? (3)
 
In the disguise of a chauffeur Ellery wins the confidence of injured girl's sister (Marian Seldes)         from a novel by Mildred Davis,
          scriptwriter Don Ettlinger
          With 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 that an 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 sister (Marian Seldes)

          Above right: George Nader and Marian Seldes in "The Room Upstairs".


Lee Philips

When the series switched to production in New York, Lee Philips (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 Ellery Queen.

Network television! OVER TWENTY-THREE MILLION IMPRESSIONS from commercials on NBC-TV's "Ellery Queen" on April 17 an May 1st ... the first time a budget-priced label has advertised its records on network television! (Add from Billboard, April 6. 1959)

Right: Network television! OVER TWENTY-THREE MILLION IMPRESSIONS from commercials on NBC-TV's Ellery Queen on April 17 an May 1st ... the first time a budget-priced label has advertised its records on network television!
(Add from Billboard, April 6. 1959)
 





starring Lee Philips:

21* "Shadow of the Past"  B&W Copy of Color Telecast available at The Paley Center for Media (N.Y.- L.A)
         02/27/59
         scriptwriter Sam Dann
         With Lili Darvas (Rosa Koenig), George Voskovec (Dr.Koenig),
         Georgann Johnson (Miss Dale)

         Ellery's evening at home is interrupted by a rookie policeman George
         Prescott who's fiancée's father has been murdered.

22* "The Chemistry Set"  B&W Copy of Color Telecast available at The Paley Center for Media (N.Y.- L.A)
         03/06/59
         With Jeff Donnell (Laura Benson), Conrad Nagel (Amos Roeburt),
         Ruth Warrick (Sharon)

        
Toy manufacturer Amos Roeburt asks Ellery to help recover a  number of
         his chemistry sets for children who contained an explosive chemical
         compound when they were sold.

23* "Cartel for Murder"  B&W Copy of Color Telecast available at The Paley Center for Media (N.Y.- L.A)
         03/20/59
         Director: Ira Cirker
         Writer: Alan Gary
         Adapted by: John Roeburt
         With Anne Meacham (Joan Foster), Alexander Scourby (J.B. Sanford), 
         Barbara Dana (Mimi), Meg Mundy (Margot Gaines),  Martin Balsam (Costa
         Starchos), Barbara Dana (Mimi Sanford), Karel Stepanek (Dr. Barshek),
         Joe Silver (Hugo), Michael Conrad (Charles),  John D. Seymour (Mr. Jessup),
         Conrad Bain (Harmon),  Allan Frank (Counterman).

         The daughter of a financier tells Ellery that her father's recent death was
         not a suicide but murder, and accuses a man with whom her father was
         involved in a big business deal.

Lee Philips on the set of "'A Girl named Daisy" (03/27/1959).24* "A Girl named Daisy"
         03/27/59
         With Shelley Berman (Barker), Sherry
         Britton (Daisy), Jan Norris(Caroline),
         Neil Laurence (Stan), Coe Norton (Stellago),
         William Thourlby (Goliath), Glenn Styres
         (Ace).

         Ellery takes a girl to visit a carnival, where
         he meets a friend who warns him that there's
         trouble brewing.

         Right: Lee Philips on the set of "'A Girl named Daisy" (03/27/1959).

25* "The Paper Tiger"
          04/03/59
          With Paul Hartman (Bill Wilson), Nancy Carroll (Fanny Wilson),
          Doretta Morrow (Dr.Winifred Schneider), Alvin Epstein (Elwood
          Parker), Kimetha Laurie (Blind Girl),  Nathaniel Frey (Tony Bevilacqua)

          After his janitor is murdered, the general manager of a paintbrush
          factory becomes involved with gangsters.

26* "The Small Elect"
         04/10/59
         aka "The Lecture" (3)
         With Edna Best (Edna Brewer), Judith Evelyn (Elisabeth Howe),
         Edward Andrews (Dean Pirie), Happy Felton (Dr.Gavin), Russell Nype

         On a book-autographing and lecture tour, Ellery is the house guest of
         socialite Elizabeth Howe? While he's lecturing to a small group in the Howe
         library, a fuse blows and a murder is committed in the dark.

27* "Confession of Murder"  B&W Copy of Color Telecast available at The Paley Center for Media (N.Y.- L.A)
         04/17/59
         With Wayne Morris (Kid Duffy), Glenda Farerell (Mrs.Barrett), Scott
         Marlowe (Tommy Barrett), Dan Morgan (Mr.Barrett), Jeanne Bal (Carol
         Kenneally)

         Young Tommy Barrett confesses to a robbery and shooting, but retired
         boxer Kid Duffy doubts the boy's guilt and turns to Ellery for help.

28* "Castaway on a Nearby Island"  B&W Copy of Color Telecast available at The Paley Center for Media (N.Y.- L.A)
          04/24/59
          Associate Producer: Paul Freeman
          Director: Elliot Silverstein
          Writer:  Greer Johnson
          With Leueen MacGrath (Serena Parrish Maxwell), Lloyd Bochner
          (Philip Maxwell), Evelyn Ward (Vanessa Harvey), Thomas Chalmers (James
          Parrish), Henry Lascoe (Capt. Journet), Molly McCarthy (Gail Parrish),
          Gerald Price (Willis Spicer), Frances Myers (Billie Bernice), Robert Dryden
          (Janus Parr).

  
       When an elderly recluse is found dead on Staten Island, Ellery notices an
         unusual crest on his ring and begins an investigation which leads him to a
         New York society family.

29* "The Curse of Aden"
         05/01/59
         With Barton MacLane (Capt.Bueler), Hurd Hatfield (Raymond Vincent),
         Julie Adams (Irving), Ruth McDevitt (Mrs.Celia Donahue), John McGiver
         (Dr.Kanow), Roxanne Arlen (Ann Voorhis)

         When socialite Celia Donahue's legendary ruby is stolen and her butler
         killed, police ask the help of Ellery, who has written a book about the ruby.


Episode 05/08/59 pre-empted
  

30* "Dance into Death"
         05/15/59
         With Morey Amsterdam (J.C.Smith), Tamara Geva (Natalia Cherkasov),
         Wood Romoff (Nicholas Reynaud), Philip Abbott (Lt.Winslow),
         Martin Balsam (Gordon Egstrom), Sandra Donat (Lisa Harris)

         Watching a ballet performance from this box. Ellery sees the prima ballerina
         suddenly collapse on the stage. It soon develops that the girl has been
         murdered.

Episode 05/22/59 pre-empted   (?)

Next week a ribbon-snipping of major magnitude will take place so important that Queen Elizabeth II of England and President Dwight D. Eisenhower will take part. The event is, of course, the dedication ceremonies of the great St. Lawrence Seaway next Friday. NBC, concerned with the working classes who might miss the sights, will present an hour's show of the goings on at 8 p.m., using video tape, film and diagrams and preempting Ellery Queen's time to do it in. 
                                     (Cynthia Lowry in Adirondack Daily Enterprise,Jun 19,1959)

31* "Body of the Crime"
         05/29/59
         With Gloria De Haven (Lily Bennett), Ruth Warrick (Myra Rawling),
         Susan Cabot (Joanne Lewis), Robert Webber (Jeff Jordan).
 
         Ellery is foreman of the jury that acquits Jeff Jordan, who was accused of
         the murder of his friend Ed Rawling. But after the trial Jordan tells the
         newspapers that he is in fact guilty.

32* "This Murder come to you Live
         06/05/59
        scriptwriter Ben Hecht 
        With Ben Hecht (Alonzo Christian), Geraldine Fitzgerald (Vanessa Rusk),
        Ray Walston (Archer Hempstead), Buster Crabbe (Lt.Garver), Georgeann
        Johnson (Angela Payne), Robert Emhardt (Barton Findlay),  Earl Hammond
        (Boris Temple), Grahan Denton (Dr.Norman McLean)

        Ellery accompanies poet Alonzo Christian to a TV studio where Christian is
        to appear on a talk show. While the program is on the air, the poet is
        murdered.

 

References
(1) Ellery Queen on the Small Screen by Francis M.Nevins Jr.
     in The Armchair Detective volume 12, 1979

(2) NY Evening News
(3) Classic TV Archive

 

B&W Copy of Color Telecast available at The Paley Center for Media (N.Y.- L.A)B&W Copy of Color Telecast available at The Paley Center for Media (N.Y.- L.A)

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