The Adventures of Ellery Queen was a radio detective program in the United States. Several iterations of the program appeared on different networks, with the first one broadcast on CBS June 18, 1939, and the last on ABC May 27, 1948.
The Adventures of Ellery Queen grew out of the combined efforts of producer-director George Zachary and writers Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee. Dannay and Lee, who were cousins, originated the Ellery Queen character. Initially they wrote the program's scripts, and Zachary handled production. Beginning in 1945, Anthony Boucher replaced Dannay and worked with Lee writing scripts.
During the program's first season, Radio Guide magazine called it "a CBS drama that will keep you on the edge of your chair." It added "You will find Ellery Queen both brave and brilliant and you will find yourself participating joyously in the ageless thrill of the manhunt."
|The Adventures of Ellery Queen|
From left: Santos Ortega as Richard Queen, Hugh Marlowe as Ellery Queen and Marian Shockley as Nikki Porter in 1939.
|Running time||1 hour for first 7 months|
30 minutes thereafter
|Country of origin||United States|
|Created by||Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee|
|Written by||Frederic Dannay|
|Directed by||George Zachary|
|Produced by||George Zachary|
|Original release||June 18, 1939 – May 27, 1948|
|Sponsored by||Gulf Oil|
The Adventures of Ellery Queen invited a panel of armchair detectives to try to solve each case during its broadcast. Adapting a technique that had been used earlier in the Author! Author! radio program, when an episode's script reached a point at which all of the clues had been revealed, the scripted portion stopped, and the panel was challenged to identify the culprit.
Even with changes in networks, sponsors and stars, the basic format of the program remained constant throughout its time on the air. As listed on The Digital Deli Too website, the elements of each episode were as follows:
- The announcer would introduce the program and/or sponsor messages
- The guest 'armchair detectives' would be introduced and the title of the night's mystery would be given.
- The dramatized mystery would be presented to its conclusion.
- The armchair detective(s) would make their case for the mystery's solution.
- Ellery Queen would announce the actual resolution.
- The announcer and Ellery Queen would provide the closing sponsor message, tease and announce the title of the next week's mystery, and close with the credits.
Listeners were encouraged to follow the clues, drawing their own conclusions, and match wits with the panel and the detective himself. Jim Harmon described the situation in his book, "The Great Radio Heroes": "Ellery Queen's show was the detective program that gave you, the listener, a chance to join in on the fun and games. You were given all the clues, and you could solve the mystery – if you happened to be a deductive genius on the level of Ellery Queen." 
The guest panelists were usually wrong in their solutions; in the program's first four months, only one panelist was correct. Yet such appearances were quite popular with celebrities. Trade magazine Billboard reported in a 1942 article, "In some cases an agent's entire list of performers eventually ask to get on 'prestige' shows like Information Please as guest experts, on Ellery Queen as guest armchair detectives". The number of panelists over the show's life has been estimated at more than 750.
Although the main characters in The Adventures of Ellery Queen remained consistent throughout its various incarnations on radio, the actors changed over the program's life. The primary characters and those who played each role were as follows:
Announcers were Ken Roberts (1939–40), Bert Parks (1940), Ernest Chappell (1942–44), Don Hancock (1947), Paul Masterson (1947), and Roger Krupp The musical directors were Lyn Murray and Charles Paul.
|Starting Date||Ending Date||Network||Sponsor/Notes|
|June 18, 1939||September 22, 1940||CBS||initially sustaining;[nb 1] then Gulf Oil|
|January 10, 1942||December 30, 1944||NBC||Bromo-Seltzer|
|January 24, 1945||April 16, 1947||CBS||Anacin|
|June 1, 1947||September 21, 1947||NBC||Anacin (summer replacement for The Bob Burns Show)|
|November 27, 1947||May 27, 1948||ABC||sustaining|
Ellery Queen is an American TV series, developed by Richard Levinson and William Link, who based it on the fictional character of the same name. The series ran on NBC from September 11, 1975, to April 4, 1976 featuring the titular fictional sleuth. The series stars Jim Hutton as the titular character, and David Wayne as his father, Inspector Richard Queen.
Every episode revolves around author Queen investigating a murder, usually with the assistance of his father. The series uses some of the same dramatic devices found in the early Queen novels and radio shows. This includes Hutton breaking the fourth wall, to challenge the viewer to solve the mystery; this is one of the series' most notable features, which has helped it gain a cult following, despite its short run.Ellery Queen (disambiguation)
Ellery Queen is a pseudonym for authors Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee and the name of the fictional character that they created.
Ellery Queen may also refer to:
The Adventures of Ellery Queen, a summary of representation of the Ellery Queen character in various media
The Adventures of Ellery Queen (radio program), an American radio program that was first broadcast in 1939 and ended in 1948
Ellery Queen (house name), information about use of the pseudonym by authors other than Dannay and Lee
Ellery Queen (TV series), an American television program broadcast in 1975-1976
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, a monthly American magazine specializing in crime fictionThe Adventures of Ellery Queen
The Adventures of Ellery Queen is the title of a radio series and four separate television series made from the 1950s through the 1970s. They were based on the fictional detective and pseudonymous writer Ellery Queen and the cases he solved with his father, Inspector Richard Queen.