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The Adventures Ellery Queen

A writer who solve mysteries as well as writing them, Ellery Queen brought forth the puzzles of crime fiction. 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, Richard Queen.

Adventures of Ellery Queen

19 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 8 hours, 49 min)
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Ellery Queen

It was either the best hook in Detective Fiction or the biggest gimmick. A Mystery Writer, Ellery Queen, who is great at creating puzzles, spends his free time solving the puzzles of actual murders.

Ellery Queen was the fictional writer and the nom d' plume of cousins Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee who created the character for a story they wrote for a mystery fiction contest by McClure's Magazine (the magazine is credited with starting the tradition of 'muckraking' journalism but was facing tough financial circumstances; the Queen story won the contest but the publication tanked before it could be printed).

Despite their character's dubious reception, Dannay and Bennington knew that Ellery Queen could be a hit. The writer character was less "Hard Boiled" than many of the pulp detective of the period, the cousins claimed that they were trying to create 'Holmes and Dr. Watson all rolled into one'. Another important detail was Queen's dealings with the cops. Most hardboiled detectives had an adversarial relationship with the police who often accused the private eyes of committing the crimes. Ellery's dad, Richard Queen was a police inspector as well as being his son's sidekick.

Dannay and Lee were inspired by the formula created by S.S. Van Dine for his Philo Vance character, although they recognized early that Vance was "the biggest prig that ever came down the pike". A 'marketing' trick employed by the Ellery Queen franchise was to acknowledge the puzzle factor of the stories was to employ a "Challenge to the Reader". Near the end of the story, a page would be inserted to let the reader know that all the clues had been presented, the reader had the same clues Ellery had, and that there was only one possible conclusion. This factor was carried over into The Adventures of Ellery Queen, which debuted on CBS Radio on June 18, 1939. On the radio program, the place of the "Armchair Detective" was given to a celebrity guest who was interviewed and asked for their solution just before Ellery made his reveal.

The Ellery Queen franchise on the radio was expanded in the mid-1960s with the franchised creation of Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries. Sold primarily as "filler" spots, in the space of 70 seconds, a mystery with all the clues was laid out, a local sponsor delivered a message, and the solution would be given. 

This collection contains the 30-minute Ellery Queen mystery shows - for the highly abbreviated sister series, see also Ellery Queen Minute Mysteries.

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    Always enjoyed Ellery Queen good series.If you’re familiar with the stories you know the clues are all in the show and the listener is invited to solve before receiving the answer.

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    Excellent quality & I always enjoy the mp3 cds since 2009. I mostly listen to the detective, comedy and soap operas.

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    19 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 8 hours, 49 min
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      19 shows - total playtime 8 hours 49 minutes
      1. Ellery Queen 430109 107 Singing Rat.mp3
      2. Ellery Queen 430327 118 Circus Train.mp3
      3. Ellery Queen 431002 145 World Series Crime.mp3
      4. Ellery Queen 431106 150 Vanishing Magician.mp3
      5. Ellery Queen 440115 160 Mischief Maker.mp3
      6. Ellery Queen 440122 161 Scarecrow And Snowman.mp3
      7. Ellery Queen 440415 173 Dead Mans Cavern.mp3
      8. Ellery Queen 440715 186 Foul Tip.mp3
      9. Ellery Queen 450801 237 Nick Knife.mp3
      10. Ellery Queen 451107 249 Message In Red.mp3
      11. Ellery Queen 460327 269 Armchair Detective.mp3
      12. Ellery Queen 470212 Green Gorillas.mp3
      13. Ellery Queen 470907 326 Number Thirty One.mp3
      14. Ellery Queen 471127 329 Saga Of Ruffy Rux.mp3
      15. Ellery Queen 471204 330 Man In Street.mp3
      16. Ellery Queen 480115 336 Terrified Man.mp3
      17. Ellery Queen 480429 351 Three Frogs.mp3
      18. Ellery Queen 480506 352 One Diamond.mp3
      19. Ellery Queen Nikki Porter, Suspect.mp3
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    19 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 8 hours, 49 min
    19 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 8 hours, 49 min
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      19 shows - total playtime 8 hours 49 minutes
      1. Ellery Queen 430109 107 Singing Rat.mp3
      2. Ellery Queen 430327 118 Circus Train.mp3
      3. Ellery Queen 431002 145 World Series Crime.mp3
      4. Ellery Queen 431106 150 Vanishing Magician.mp3
      5. Ellery Queen 440115 160 Mischief Maker.mp3
      6. Ellery Queen 440122 161 Scarecrow And Snowman.mp3
      7. Ellery Queen 440415 173 Dead Mans Cavern.mp3
      8. Ellery Queen 440715 186 Foul Tip.mp3
      9. Ellery Queen 450801 237 Nick Knife.mp3
      10. Ellery Queen 451107 249 Message In Red.mp3
      11. Ellery Queen 460327 269 Armchair Detective.mp3
      12. Ellery Queen 470212 Green Gorillas.mp3
      13. Ellery Queen 470907 326 Number Thirty One.mp3
      14. Ellery Queen 471127 329 Saga Of Ruffy Rux.mp3
      15. Ellery Queen 471204 330 Man In Street.mp3
      16. Ellery Queen 480115 336 Terrified Man.mp3
      17. Ellery Queen 480429 351 Three Frogs.mp3
      18. Ellery Queen 480506 352 One Diamond.mp3
      19. Ellery Queen Nikki Porter, Suspect.mp3
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    19 recordings on 10 Audio CDs. Total playtime 8 hours, 49 min
    19 recordings on 10 Audio CDs
    total playtime 8 hours, 49 min

    Adventures of Ellery Queen Disc A001

    1. Ellery Queen Nikki Porter, Suspect
    2. Ellery Queen 430109 107 Singing Rat

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    Adventures of Ellery Queen Disc A002

    1. Ellery Queen 430327 118 Circus Train
    2. Ellery Queen 431002 145 World Series Crime

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    Adventures of Ellery Queen Disc A003

    1. Ellery Queen 431106 150 Vanishing Magician
    2. Ellery Queen 440115 160 Mischief Maker

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    Adventures of Ellery Queen Disc A004

    1. Ellery Queen 440122 161 Scarecrow And Snowman
    2. Ellery Queen 440415 173 Dead Mans Cavern

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    Adventures of Ellery Queen Disc A005

    1. Ellery Queen 440715 186 Foul Tip
    2. Ellery Queen 450801 237 Nick Knife

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    Adventures of Ellery Queen Disc A006

    1. Ellery Queen 451107 249 Message In Red
    2. Ellery Queen 460327 269 Armchair Detective

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    Adventures of Ellery Queen Disc A007

    1. Ellery Queen 470212 Green Gorillas
    2. Ellery Queen 470907 326 Number Thirty One

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    Adventures of Ellery Queen Disc A008

    1. Ellery Queen 471127 329 Saga Of Ruffy Rux
    2. Ellery Queen 471204 330 Man In Street

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    Adventures of Ellery Queen Disc A009

    1. Ellery Queen 480115 336 Terrified Man
    2. Ellery Queen 480429 351 Three Frogs

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    Adventures of Ellery Queen Disc A010

    1. Ellery Queen 480506 352 One Diamond

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