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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1946!
On June 18, 1939, The Adventures of Ellery Queen premiered on CBS. By 1946, nearly every home in America tuned in at least once a week to hear the latest adventures and to match wits with the armchair detectives (guests) on the program.

Main Characters:

  • Ellery Queen played by Hugh Marlowe (1939-1947), Laurence Dobkin (1948)

Show Concept:

  • The great detective Ellery Queen solved cases with the assistance of his armchair detectives (guest stars).

Hosts or Guests:

  • Ken Roberts as the announcer (1939)
  • Bert Parks as the announcer (1940, 1941)
  • Ernest Chappell as the announcer (1942, 1943)
  • Don Hancock as the announcer (1945, 1946, 1947)
  • Paul Masterson as the announcer (1948)
  • Some of the armchair detectives who appeared on the series:
    • Margaret Bourke White
    • Dorothy McGuire
    • Gyspy Rose Lee
    • Shirley Booth
    • Les Brown
    • Eva Gabor
    • Richard Widmark
    • John Wayne
    • Otto Preminger
    • Ed Sullivan
    • Agatha Christie
    • Helen Hayes
    • Xavier Cugat
    • Cornel Wilde

Writers or Producers:

  • Produced and directed by George Zachary (1939-1947)
  • Produced and directed by Dick Woolen (1948)
  • Written by Frederic Manney and Manfred B. Lee

Sponsors:

  • Gulf Oil (1940)
  • Bromo Seltzer (1942, 1943)
  • Anacin (1945, 1946, 1947)

Networks or stations:

  • CBS (1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947)
  • NBC (1942, 1943)
  • ABC (1948)

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered on June 18, 1939
  • Final episode on May 27, 1948
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