During a very prestigious 1920's writing contest, the cousins,
Fred Dannay and Manfred B. Lee, created the character. The
cousins were looking for a Sherlock
Holmes and Watson all rolled into one character;
Ellery Queen was their answer. Ellery Queen was an author
who solved mysteries in his spare time and then wrote about
his harrowing adventures; his sidekick was his own father,
After the cousins won the contest, they proceeded to write
novels about Ellery Queen. It was during this time when
the media wanted a glimpse of Ellery Queen. Usually, Dannay
would disguise himself, shroud his face, and assume the
identity of Ellery Queen. The media bought the whole get-up.
The novels were then turned into a weekly old time radio show that
followed the mystery-solving duo around on their escapades.
It was in 1932 when the cousins came up with a series of
novels with a character that was mentioned in the past Ellery
Queen books, Barnaby Ross. After the publishing of the four
novels, Lee and Dannay announced that Barnaby Ross was actually
Ellery Queen. The publishers then went back and changed
all the Barnaby Ross novels into Ellery Queen novels. The
publicity stunt was, in turn, very effective. This spun
even more old time radio shows that lasted from 1943-1967.
This collection contains the 30-minute Ellery Queen mystery
shows - for the highly abbreviated sister series, see also
Ellery Queen Minute Mysteries.