Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, June 20, 2019


Another radio case for Ellery Queen -- and this time it's personal.  His secretary, Nikki Porter, is the suspect in the murder of a bank robber as the loot from a train robbery goes missing from her train compartment.  Nikki can't explain what had happened before she stepped off the train because she has...(wait for it)...AMNESIA!...(rim shot here)

Written by Manfred B. Lee (one half of the "Ellery Queen" partnership) and Kendall F. Crossen (prolific pulpster who created Buddhist superhero The Green Lama, as well as insurance investigator Milo March), "Nikki Porter, Suspect" first aired on March 5, 1947, with Broadway star Alfred Drake as the guest armchair detective.

Seven-and-a-half years latter, the show was restaged in Australia using Austalian actors, including Charles Tingwell, who played Ellery.  This time the guest armchair detective was Gypsy Rose Lee.  The Australian version was recorded at the Palladium Theater in Sydney and aired on November 19, 1954.  It is this version that is linked below.


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