The Non de Plume of two writer cousins Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee who penned the popular Ellery Queen detective novels.
Their protagonist was Ellery Queen, a mystery writer with a penchant for amateur sleuthing who lived at 212A West 87th Street, New York City with his father, police inspector Richard Queen.
Over the years three TV adaptations have been filmed. The first version THE ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN/DUM/ABC/1950-52 starred Richard Hart and later Lee Bowman.
In the fall of 1958, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN/NBC/1958-59 starred George Nader later replaced by Les Tremayne and finally Lee Philips.
After 16 years, NBC revised the series casting Jim Hutton in the title role of THE ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN/NBC/1975-76. In this version, near the end of each episode, Ellery looked at the TV audience and asked, “Have you figured it out? Do you know who the murderer is? He then revealed his solution to that week’s crime.
The first Ellery Queen novel was “The Roman Hat Mystery” written in 1929. The character still remains popular today with mystery fans who subscribe to the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, the world’s leading mystery magazine.