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Q.B.I.: Covers added since April 2017: 27 better and 94 new covers. The latter corresponding with the red numerals in the list.
Latest additions made on October 20.:

Το μυστήριο των Σιαμαίων διδύμων - cover Greek edition, editions Viper, ΒΙΠΕΡ Νο 422, 1973
Οι διπλοπρόσωποι - cover Greek edition, editions Viper ΒΙΠΕΡ, 1976The American Gun Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko, 1963The Chinese Orange Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko, 1964The Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko, 1964The Adventure of the Murdered Moths (Vol.2) - cover Japanese edition, Tankobon Hardcover, 2009七匹の黒ネコの冒険他 (世界の名探偵 5) - cover Japanese edition shortstory collection with "The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats",  Iwasaki Shoten, Feb.15 2001 also includes "The Dead Cat" + "The Telltale Bottle" (from Calendar of Crime)靴に棲む老婆 エラリイ - cover Japanese edition "There Was An Old Woman", Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book, Mar 31. 1977

April 2016 - April 2017: 131 better and 436 new covers
April 2015 - April 2016:  10 better and 185 new covers

April 2014 - April 2015:  18 better and 103 new covers
 
January 15. 2018 - April 18. 1999


Another year and "Ellery Queen wise" no stopping when it comes to things to look forward to. Not only will 2018 hopefully bring us Jeffrey Marks' Ellery Queen book, we will also see the anthology of Ellery Queen pastiches an parodies edited by Josh Pachter and Dale andrews, "The Misadventures of Ellery Queen." The collection, containing stories never collected together before, is scheduled to be published by Wildside Press on March 8... Watch this space for more news.
We also bring you a biography of an excellent actor who played Richard Queen: Herb Butterfield emoted opposite Lawrence Dobkin on ABC’s Ellery Queen in the 1947-48 season, playing Inspector Queen to Larry’s sleuth. Herb quickly replaced Bill Smith and thus became the last actor in the role of Inspector Queen in the popular radio series. (click on picture for more) Herb Butterfield -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ... 
December 18. 2017


Actor Harry Morgan (1915-2011) we'll remember for all the right reasons. He had earlier television runs in Pete and Gladys and as Officer Joe Gannon in Dragnet, but first and foremost we'll think of him as tough-talking, commanding, fun-loving, but also serious Army Officer, Col. Sherman T. Potter on the beloved M*A*S*H series.

Morgan, however, was also cast as Inspector Queen in an Ellery Queen TV pilot... No claim to fame there. Not Morgan's fault who was well suited as the long suffering Inspector Queen.

In Ellery Queen Don't Look Behind You
(1971) Morgan was rewritten as uncle to Peter Lawford’s Ellery. This resolved the problem presented by the fact that Lawford had a British accent and was, in fact, only 12 years younger than Morgan. NBC had high hopes for the pilot, intending it as a contender for its planned wheel series NBC Mystery Movie. But things just didn’t work out. Richard Levinson and William Link were charged with developing the series, Harry Morgan  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...and were so unhappy with the changes made to their script for the pilot that they refused to have their name on the project, instead ascribing authorship to “Ted Leighton.” Predictably, the pilot didn't score with the public and the series was never to be … . But, of course, Levinson and Link did not give up -- they went on to create the 1975 NBC series Ellery Queen. ...(click on picture for more)
December 2. 2017

Howard Culver -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Last May we brought you a profile page for Howard Culver. In April-May 1948 Howard became the last actor to play Ellery Queen in the US radio series.Jokingly he later his told his daughters he 'killed" Ellery Queen. When making this page we got help from Patti & Kathi Culver, they were so generous enough to provide some additional pictures of their father. Now once again they did just that, with the "new" clickable picture (R) and a new picture showing Howard in front of an AFRS mike. ...(click on picture for more)
November 18. 2017

There are two actors who are not really mentioned much on this site who nonetheless played important roles in NBC's 1975 landmark series Ellery Queen. One was Ken Swofford, who frequently appeared as pugnacious journalist Frank Flannagan. The other was John Hillerman, who imperiously nailed the role of radio detective Simon Brimmer.

Neither the Frank Flannagan character nor Simon Brimmer ever appeared as a character in the Ellery Queen books. Brimmer, Like Flannagan, was the creation of producers Levinson and Link, and very much became an integral part in success of the series. In all of his episodes Brimmer was the foil for Ellery. He was aloof, disdaining and in some respects evocative of the Ellery that we encounter in the early novels. Brimmer was the wise-guy who was always intent on out smarting each and everyone, and most particularly . . . Ellery. Every one of these episodes amounted to a mental duel between the two. And Brimmer always lost.

In the NBC series Brimmer was played to a tee by John Hillerman. Hillerman was later cast, with even greater success, as former British Army Sergeant Major Jonathan Higgins in Magnum, P.I. After Hillerman retired from acting in 1999, he returned to his home state of Texas.

On November 9, he died at his Houston home at the age of 84.
We also offer yet another biography of an actor who played Sergeant Velie. Alan Reed, the actor who will forever be the voice of "Fred Flinstone" took on the part of Sergeant Velie on radio in 1947. ... (click on picture for more) Alan Reed  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ... 
 

TIP:
Interested readers should know most of the pictures used on the website have long descriptions with background information sometimes not included in the text on the same page. Microsoft's Internet Explorer used to have this feature activated as a standard.
Firefox users wanting this can install an add-on called '
Popup ALT Attribute'. Makes a big difference, believe us.

    

When installed pointing at a picture results in details or additional information. The above example shows the additional information provided on the San Marino stamp.
(From the 'Whodunit' section)
 
November 1. 2017

I
t was a 'trouvaille' to introduce inspector Richard Queen in his books, the father of the brilliant Ellery, was himself an amateur sleuth.
Father Queen is an inspector with the "New York Homicide Bureau". This combination allowed official police-activities to merge with the unofficial investigations of Ellery Queen, and the possibilities this offered were exhaustively explored by the writers. In my opinion the addition of Inspector Queen as Ellery's dad not only affords him the opportunity to participate in official police business but tremendously adds to the nostalgic feel to the stories. Intended or not, the NYPD corps fighting crime with deductive powers and lots of hard work is omnipresent.

A double bill this time:
Guy Usher was the first actor to appear, very briefly, as Inspector Queen in the first Ellery Queen movie The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935). At one time the opening sequence (the only part of the film in which the Inspector appears) was thought to be irretrievably lost, it has Usher as Inspector Queen calling in his son to help him out with a jewel robbery. ... (click on picture for more) Guy Usher -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ... 
Affecting an Irish brogue, Wade Boteler was also in demand for policeman roles or a gruff authority figure.  So no surprise when he played Inspector Queen in the, easily forgettable, Ellery Queen movie The Mandarin Mystery (1937).  ... (click on picture for more) Wade Boteler -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ... 
October 15. 2017

D
octor Samuel Prouty, assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner  of New York County resembled the popular conception of Mephistopheles smoked his dark, dangerous-looking cigars with furious puffs.1 The authority when it comes down to pinpointing the cause and time of death!
On radio he was played by only two actors. Arthur B. Allen replaced Robert W. Strauss during the first radio season of Ellery Queen.
Even more than Robert W. Strauss had done, Arthur B. Allen made playing stereotypical dry New Englanders into a career. The second part of the 1st radio series was also the last in which Doc Prouty appeared. ... (click on picture for more) Arthur B. Allen  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ... 
October 1. 2017

A new Robert Strauss has arrived! Two actors with the same name are pictured below. Until today the first actor was thought to be the one who also played Doc Prouty in the EQ series. When finishing his profile page I came across new information. As it turned out Robert W. Strauss is the actor who played Prouty. He died tragically in 1940. He has no IMdB page no page on Wikipedia... online he is all but forgotten until now.
Since I already finished the 'faux' profile, I'll include both pages on this site. Robert W. Strauss biography page will include the link to Robert Strauss.
(Right) This Robert Strauss (1913-1975)famed for his nomination in Stalag 17 was never in any Ellery Queen related program.... (click on picture for more) Robert Strauss (1913-1975)  -- CLICK FOR MORE --
(Right) Robert W. Strauss (1879-1940)did play Doc Prouty in the first hour long radio series. The actors organized a pool, the winner being the one who unmasked the culprit. Ted de Corsia and Robert were the most frequent winners.  ... (click on picture for more) Robert W. Strauss  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ... 
September 16. 2017

There is no logical basis to do so but somehow all characters in the radio plays were played by actors who physically resembled them. This is very much so for
Sergeant Thomas Velie. George Mathews, a stocky man with a heavy brow, pug nose and distinctively protruding lower lip, played toughs from a variety of eras.
On radio's The Adventures of Ellery Queen George played Sergeant Velie for two episodes in June 1947.  George was heared two weeks on the episodes "The Green Gorillas" and "The Sky Pirates" before Ed Latimer reclaimed the role. ... (click on picture for more) George Matthews  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ... 
 

A challenge to the reader
: if you think you could add additional
information (even corrections) please do so... You can reach us by What we don't know and you just might...clicking on "Uncle Sam". We've always appreciate corrections and additional information, however small the detail may be.

 
September 1. 2017

Sergeant Thomas Velie made his entrance in the Queen-saga with
the words 'What's up, Doyle?' in The Roman Hat Mystery where he is introduced to us as a tall man in plain clothes. He is addressed by Inspector Queen in a rather fatherly way as 'Thomas'. Whilst the faithful sergeant addresses Ellery as 'maestro'.
Velie aka
" the tall one with the sledgehammer hands and the rumbling voice.." still has (largely through the Hutton TV-series) somewhat of a cult following.
The first actor to portray the Sergeant in the hour long first radio series (1939) was Howard Smith. As a balding, heavy-set American character actor, he relocated to Hollywood in 1946 and specialized in judges, police officers, corporate bigwigs and assorted choleric authoritarians ... (click on the picture for more...) Howard Smith  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ... 
August 17. 2017

It gives us great pleasure to be able to announce that Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's website is now updated. The new site has kept enough of the feel of the previous site to make you feel right at home.

For us this is the signal to launch our updated "Whodunit" section. Our extended 15 page section now contains not 1 but 3 pages on EQMM. One page on the magazine's history, one with more background on several editors in chief, publishers,... and finally an extensive view of it's international appeal. This also includes a wonderful overview of ALL international editions of "The World's leading Mystery Magazine".
The pages on pastiches, homage's,... also have been revised... . In short enough to keep you pleasantly occupied for hours!!
August 6. 2017

In assembling the detailed biography pages
of most of the actors who played Ellery Queen in various shows I often go about this as would a person working out a jigsaw puzzle. The end result is assembled piece by piece. The reason for this is that that
background information isn't always readily available and at often it has not previously been attempted for the actor at issue.
This isn't so for actor Peter Lawford. There are plenty of resources concerning Lawford's life and career.
So my modus operandi here has to be compared to that of a sculptor. I start with a big block of rock and from that I can carve back to the end result. Peter Lawford certainly played a remarkable part in American film history.
His contribution to the Queen canon came late in his career when Universal Pictures prepared a 2 hour pilot Ellery Queen, Don't Look Behind You in 1971, with a new EQ series in mind. Lawford played Ellery Queen as an over-aged, mod "Swinging London" hipster. The Inspector, played by Harry Morgan, was in fact so close to Lawford's age that he became Peter's uncle in the pilot. Perhaps all for the best, this series was never to be (click on the picture for more...) Peter Lawford -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
July 1. 2017

The in-depth pages on many of the actors who played a part in Ellery Queen media are somewhat 'archeological' in nature. The information has been gathered over a long period of time through newspaper clippings, articles,... Cross reference with the few online sources reveals that at time some of the basic facts, dates just aren't correct. That wasn't really the next installment in this series: Lee Philips. What was astonishing was how little information is available on an actor who once was very popular ...
Lee Philips starred opposite Lana Turner in the film adaptation of Peyton Place. Past the halfway point of The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen series (1958), he took over as Ellery Queen, who Philips portrayed as a man of awareness and compassion.  ... (click on the picture for more...) Lee Philips -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...

 Recommended

  • Columbia University’s Butler Library Presented an Exhibition and Symposium Honoring EQMM’s 75th Anniversary

    The EQMM 75th Anniversary Exhibition was on view from Sep 26 to Dec 23 2016 in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor East. Included were some of founding editor Frederic Dannay's cor- respondence with several of the most important writers of the 20th century, as well as some of his edited manuscripts (from the Frederic Dannay papers, which are housed at the library), as well as original drawings for some of the magazine’s early covers and selections from the correspon- dence of EQMM’s second editor, Eleanor Sullivan.(full report here)

  • Rose Koppel Dannay's re-published 2010 memoir of her years with Fred Dannay. "It is not too much to say that Rose saved Fred's life," as she enabled him to enjoy the status of mystery elder statesman earned by more than forty years of shaping stories that broadened the reach of mystery fiction."
    Perfect Crime Books, Feb 7. 2016

  • Joseph Goodrich has edited and annotated a selection of Dannay and Lee's letters, and it's being published by Perfect Crime Books. It's called BLOOD RELATIONS: THE SELECTED LETTERS OF ELLERY QUEEN, 1947-1950, and covers the writing of Ten Day's Wonder, Cat of Many Tails and The Origin of Evil, as well as offering a vivid picture of the complex and often tortured psychological and artistic relationship existing between Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee.

  • Perfect Crime Books also has, a Francis M. Nevins' Ellery Queen biography available. The work entitled 'The Art of Detection' carries the byline "The story of how two fractious cousins reshaped the modern detective novel". Mike also became one of the West 87th Street Irregulars.

  • Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Podcast page!...This month at Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine's iPod page...

  • JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc has for some years now the privilege of representing the complete works of Ellery Queen. As of this year they also publish nine eBook editions of the Ellery Queen novels. These downloads are available through the usual channels listed on their own page here.
Visit Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's website...


 
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