To continue today’s Ellery Queen theme, I’m embedding below a full episode from The Adventures of Ellery Queen, a half-hour, black-and-white series broadcast by the now long-defunct DuMont Television Network, beginning in October 1950. This installment of the program, titled “The Hanging Acrobat,” was shown originally on December 21, 1950. It stars Richard Hart, a mustachioed stage and film performer who appeared as Ellery until January 1951, when he died suddenly from a heart attack at age 35. He was subsequently replaced on the series by Lee Bowman.
“The Hanging Acrobat” is more than a little melodramatic, and I defy you to figure out whodunit before Ellery confronts the killer. But as a historical piece, this video is pretty remarkable--not available on DVD, and not often seen otherwise. The Adventures of Ellery Queen was the first of four Queen series to appear on the small screen.
READ MORE: “Ellery Queen: Long May They Reign,” by TomCat
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