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Cult TV Essentials: The 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 character and pseudonymous writer Ellery Queen.

With Hugh Marlowe in the title role, Ellery Queen was introduced in The Adventures of Ellery Queen on CBS Radio on June 18, 1939, running until September 22, 1940.

In 1942, the series moved to NBC Radio, airing until 1944. From 1945 to 1947, it was heard once again on CBS, returning to NBC in 1947 and then moved to ABC Radio (1947–48).

The premise was that a mystery would be dramatized but then interrupted when a panel of celebrities would attempt to solve it.

During the 1970s, syndicated radio fillers, Ellery Queen’s Minute Mysteries, began with an announcer saying, “This is Ellery Queen…” and then outlining a case in one minute. The radio station encouraged callers to solve the mystery and win a sponsor’s prize. Once they had a winner, the solution part of the spot would be played as confirmation.

The first television series, The Adventures of Ellery Queen, was produced by the DuMont Television Network. It ran on DuMont from October 14, 1950 to December 6, 1951 (50 episodes), then moved to ABC from December 16, 1951 to November 26, 1952 (43 episodes).

The second series, Mystery Is My Business, ran for 32 episodes and was produced by ITC Entertainment. It ran from 1954 to 1956.

The third series, The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen, ran for 33 episodes from 1958 to 1959 on NBC.

The final series, known simply as Ellery Queen, ran from 1975 until 1976 and was a Universal TV production for NBC.

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