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ELLERY QUEEN

The portrayals in the non-novel based media may have attributed
more to the way we conceive our hero, specifically movies and television. Although most of them lacked success it's easily understandable that the appearances of the actors in magazines, TV-shows,... etc. influenced the way Ellery Queen was seen by his readers.
In the 70s television series Ellery is far more sloppy than he ever was in the books. This is mainly due to the producers Richard Levinson and William Link. Later they took this even a step further when they made 'Columbo' . They based their While Link was a Dannay-adept, Levinson had a high Marlowe factor which propably accounts for the Columbo raincoat. Some coverartists succeeded in making Ellery a 'clean' Columbo-clone...figure on a personage in Dostojevski's 'Crime and Punishment'. I still think they also recognized the shortcomings of Ellery as a person of flesh and blood and injected him with the same 'sloppiness' they found so useful for their later Columbo-creation. And it worked! Peter Falk certainly portrayed Columbo as a sloppy detective and even imitated a characteristic Jim Hutton introduced: when stopped to answer a question we see Hutton halt and raise one arm in the air and pause while thinking. This Ellery Queen television series was a milestone in the perception of the Ellery-figure. The Ellery Queen figure reflected Hutton's own tastes in wardrobe since he pleaded with the producers no to make Queen a fob. They gave hime carte blanche in selecting a wardrobe. He headed for Brooks Bros. to avoid trendy styles, settling for true blue conservative elegance. He particularly likes wearing sweaters with shirt collars protruding at the neck.
Adepts who already read some works were disappointed to see their cool and collected sleuth changed. The NBC
Ellery Queen pilot film 'captured' the 'authentic' Ellery's nearly as he has ever been captured. His sloppy personal habits are a contradiction to his well ordered mental skills. He is a slob at home, in his apartment he shares with his father, Inspector Queen; yet he is mentally well-disciplined. He can notice a clue as obscure as the number of matches in a matchbook, yet become so engrossed in his writing that he doesn't hear the telephone ring. Although I had read several Queens at the time, it did influence my image of both Ellery and his father immensely. Imagine the shock I got when reading the first ten novels where Ellery is an aristocratic 'wooden stick' with pince-nez. A figure much like the TV-series Simon Brimmer, which never appeared in the books. Such a figure would have to overcome many difficulties before the TV-audiences, who tend to prefer the underdog. There is only one thing more enervating than someone who thinks he is always right... someone who is always right.
 

Japanese anime based on the American filmindustry: Ralph Bellamy (Murder Ring) clearly stood model for this drawing of Ellery Queen ...

Donald CookAppeared in EQ movieDonald Cook (09/26/1901  -  01/01/1961)

In a low-budget 1935 mystery Cook plays Ellery Queen in a low-key, poker-faced fashion, which may not be terribly exciting but is actually closer to the original concept than most of the movie Queens. Cook's flirtatious Ellery is unrelated to any EQ novel.

Eddie QuillanAppeared in EQ movieEddie Quilan (03/31/1907  -  07/19/1990)

This talented performer was woefully miscast as Ellery Queen in 'The Mandarin Mystery' (1937). Republic opted to play ' for laughs -- another big mistake.

Hugh Marlowe -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on radio showAppeared on EQ tv-showHugh Marlowe (01/30/1911 - 05/02/1982)

Hugh Marlowe usually was a secondary lead. ... He was the first Ellery Queen on radio in 1940. A role he also played some 14 years later on TV ... (click on picture for more)

Ralph Bellamy -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared in EQ movieRalph Bellamy (06/17/1904  -  11/29/1991)

He starred in numerous whodunits,  as super-sleuth Ellery Queen in four terrible 1940-41 B's beginning with Ellery Queen, Master Detective. ... (click on picture for more)

Carleton G.Young  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on radio showCarleton G. Young (05/26/1907 - 07/11/1971)

One of radio's most successful and prolific actors in Radio. His amazing voice was used for every dramatic Radio format imaginable.  On radio he took over from Hugh Marlowe as Ellery Queen in 1942-43. ... (click on picture for more)

William Gargan -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared in EQ movieWilliam Gargan (07/17/1905 - 02/17/1979)

In most of his screen appearances, Gargan basically played himself: a robust, handsome, high-spirited Irishman. He played master detective Ellery Queen in three 1942 Columbia programmers ... (click on picture for more)

Sydney SmithAppeared on radio showSydney Smith (11/15/1909 - 03/04/1978)

In the 4th radio season (1943-1944) Sydney stepped in as Ellery Queen, a role he continued to play until 1947. Born in Bedford, Quebec in Canada he already had some success as Abie Levy in 'Abie's Irish Rose' (1942) before assuming the role of the famous detective.

Richard Coogan -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on radio showRichard Coogan (04/04/1914 - 03/12/2014)

Replaced Sydney Smith as Ellery Queen in the radio series but lasted only a few months. He did become one of the first actors to make his mark on TV. He became the star of the live sci-fi-series Captain Video during it's first season (1949-1950). (click on picture for more)

Lawrence Dobkin -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on radio showLawrence Dobkin (09/16/1919 - 10/28/2002)

In 1947 Larry was asked to play radio's infamous Ellery Queen.  He would play the detective for two years and would later direct the Ellery Queen TV-series. ... (click on picture for more)

Howard Culver
Appeared on radio showHoward Culver (06/04/1918 - 08/04/1984)

In April-May 1948 Howard became the last actor to play Ellery Queen in the US radio series.

Richard Hart -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on EQ tv-showRichard Hart (04/14/1915 - 01/02/1951)

Richard Hart was the star of "The Adventures of Ellery Queen"the first TV-series to try and bring to live Ellery Queen and it was aired live. The show appeared on the Dumont Network beginning in 1950 and each episode took 25 minutes. ... (click on picture for more)

Lee Bowman -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on EQ tv-showLee Bowman (12/28/1914  -  12/25/1979)

Since his debut in 1937, he spent seven years playing second leads, often as a playboy thanks to his suave, elegant style and dapper, handsome looks. He briefly starred in the TV series The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950-51) as Ellery Queen  ... (click on picture for more)

George Nader -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on EQ tv-showGeorge Nader (10/19/1921 - 02/04/2002)

B-actor who's screen career was virtually over by the end of the 1950s. On Television, Nader starred in three short-lived series: 'The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen' (1958), 'The Man and The Challenge' (1960) and 'Shannon'(1961).... (click on picture for more)

Lee PhilipsAppeared on EQ tv-showLee Philips (01/10/1927 - 03/03/1999)

Gained stardom opposite Lana Turner as Michael Rossi in the film adaptation of Peyton Place. Past the halfway point of 'The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen' series (1958), he took over as EQ, who Philips portrayed as a man of awareness and compassion.

Bill OwenAppeared on radio showBill Owen (02/01/1931 - )

Bill portrayed Ellery Queen
in the nationally syndicated series "Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries" (1965-67). It ran for many years on radio stations, allowing time for local commercials.
Peter Lawford

Appeared on EQ tv-showPeter Lawford (09/07/1923 - 12/21/1984)

In 1971 when Universal Pictures prepared a 2 hour pilot for a new series Ellery Queen, Don't Look Behind You Lawford played Ellery Queen as an over aged, mod "Swinging London" hipster... The series was never to be.

Jim Hutton -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on EQ tv-showJim Hutton (05/31/1934  - 06/02/1979 ) 

The 'definite' Ellery Queen due to his likeable impersonation in the NBC-TV series. Hutton died of cancer at age 45 -- just short of the start of his son Timothy Hutton's career (with an Oscar for 'Ordinary People'). ... (click on picture for more)


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