Two cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee decided to try their luck and sat down to create a mystery novel. They wanted a name that would be remembered and roll off the tongue and slightly unusual. As they thought it through Dannay recalled his friend whose first name was Ellery. And so the first name was chosen. The last name, Queen, was apparently chosen mostly for the way it sounded when said with Ellery.
Chosen to play the lead in the radio series was Hugh Marlowe who many will know from the Robert Wise film “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”