Ellery Queen

The Adventures of Ellery Queen began on CBS radio in 1939 as a one-hour program starring Hugh Marlowe as Ellery, Ted de Corsia (replacing Howard Smith) as Sgt Velie, and Marion Shockley as Nikki Porter. It was cut back to 30 minutes about half-way through its run.

After more than a year off the air the show returned in 1942, now on NBC and with a mostly new cast:

Ellery: Carleton Young
Inspector Queen: Santos Ortega
Sgt Velie: Ted de Corsia
Nikki Porter: Marion Shockley

Click on the titles to hear remastered audio of Ellery Queen radio shows:


In the fourth season Carleton Young was replaced by Sydney Smith:


In 1945 the show moved to CBS; Barbara Terrell (later Gertrude Warner) replaced Ms Shockley:


In 1947 it was back to NBC, and a new cast:

EQ: Lawrence Dobkin
Inspector Queen: Bill Smith
Sgt Velie: Ed Latimer
Nikki Porter: Charlotte Keane


Herb Butterfield replaced Bill Smith, and shortly thereafter Kaye Brinker replaced Charlotte Keane:


Howard Culver replaces Lawrence Dobkin:


The Ford Theater, a one-hour program of radio drama, revived an early script and brought back radio's first Ellery Queen to star in it:

EQ: Hugh Marlowe
Inspector Queen: Santos Ortega
Sgt Velie: Ted de Corsia
Nikki Porter: Charlotte Keane


A number of American radio scripts were remade for Australian radio in 1954-55. Charles Tingwell took the EQ role, and Wendy Playfair was Nikki: