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Richard Diamond, Private Detective

Detective Drama

Broadcast History:

  • April 24, 1949-Dec. 6, 1950, NBC.  Various 30m timeslots, Sundays, then Saturdays, also Wednesdays.  Rexall, from April 5, 1950.

  • Jan. 5, 1951-June 27, 1952, ABC.  30m, Fridays at 8 for Camel Cigarettes until the summer break, June 29, 1951;   reurned October 5, Fridays at 8 for Rexall.

  • May 31-Sept. 20, 1953, CBS.   30m, Sundays at 7:30.  Substitute for Amos'n' Andy (repeat broadcasts from an earlier season).   Rexall.

Cast:  Dick Powell as Richard Diamond, private detective.  Virginia Gregg as his girlfriend, Helen Asher.  Frances Robinson also as Helen.  Ed Begley as police lieutenant Walt Levinson.  Arthur Q. Bryan as Levinson later in the run.  Wilms Herbert as police sergeant Otis.  Wilms Herbert also as Francis, Miss Asher's butler.   Supporting casts from Hollywood radio:  Betty Lou Gerson, Betty Moran, Ted de Corsia; etc.
Orchestra:  David Baskerville, Frank Worth.
Producers/Directors:  Don Sharpe, producer, with William P. Rousseau, director; Blake Edwards, writer, graduating to the director's booth;  Jaime del Valle later producer-director. Many other directors from week to week.
Writers:  Blake Edwards, Harvey Easton, etc.
Theme:  Leave It to Love, by Henry Russell whistled by Dick Powell.

Though a lighthearted, wisecracking detective show, Richard Diamond could be heavy on demand.  It was the right show at the right time for Dick Powell, babyfaced singer of Hollywood musicals in the early '30s who had struggled for years to change his image.

Diamond was a happy-go-lucky detective who answered his telephone with atrocious commercial jingles and was a master of the verbal put-down (especially with police).  His relationship with frustrated Lt. Walt Levinson was abrasive but rooted in honest affection, and his special delight was ribbing the stupid desk sergeant, Otis, a stock character inserted strictly for laughs.   The opening each week set up the problem and propelled the sarcasm with the cops;   the ending usually found Diamond in the Park  Avenue penthouse of his girlfriend, the rich redhead Helen Asher.  He would sit at Helen's piano and sing a song, usually a standard from Broadway or Hollywood, sometimes a chestnut from the earlier career of the younger Dick Powell.  Miss Asher's butler, Francis, always arrived at the most inopportune moment and left stammering in embarrassment.

 

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..RichardDiamond_1949-05-29_0006_BettyMoranCase   8.36 29:14 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-06-19_0009_FredSearsMurderCase   8.38 29:18 CBR 40 22050 Mono
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..RichardDiamond_1949-07-09_0012_CharlesWalsh   8.46 29:33 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-07-16_0013_ButcherKilled   8.39 29:19 CBR 40 22050 Mono
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..RichardDiamond_1949-08-06_0016_LynnKnightWantsProtection   8.39 29:19 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-08-20_0018_TomCook   8.47 29:36 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-08-27_0019_EddieGarretCase   8.04 28:06 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-09-03_0020_MrsWilliamBakerKlepto   8.10 28:20 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-09-10_0021_MrsVanDyke&ProfessorLeonardo   8.25 28:49 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-09-17_0022_JeromeJJerome   8.21 28:43 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-09-24_0023_200,000DollarBundle   6.84 29:54 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-10-01_0024_800MillionInDiamonds   7.61 26:35 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-10-08_0025_GibsonMurderCase   8.39 29:20 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-10-15_0026_NewspaperBoyCounterfeiting   8.12 28:22 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-10-22_0027_ReneBennetProtectionCase   8.43 29:27 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-10-29_0028_BillKirbyMurderCase   8.23 28:46 CBR 40 22050 Joint Stereo
..RichardDiamond_1949-11-05_0029_NeighborTriesToRuinDicksVoice   8.16 28:32 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-11-12_0030_$50,000DiamondHeist   4.39 25:34 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-11-19_0031_JacobyIsBack   6.93 30:17 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-11-26_0032_CarterLosesMemory   6.81 29:45 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-12-03_0033_LelandL.Leeds   10.04 29:15 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-12-10_0034_JuliaBatesHauntedHouse   9.94 28:57 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-12-17_0035_JohnBlackwellCase   8.60 30:04 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-12-24_0036_AChristmasCarol   8.63 30:10 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1949-12-31_0037_ThomasJasonCase   8.04 28:07 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-01-07_0038_ButchersProtectionRacket   7.94 27:45 CBR 40 22050 Joint Stereo
..RichardDiamond_1950-01-15_0039_DougSaxonCase   8.59 30:01 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-01-22_0040_MartinWhite[PaulJarvisMissing]SeesDeadM   3.49 30:30 CBR 16 11020 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-02-05_0042_TimothyTheSeal   6.33 27:40 CBR 32 22050 Joint Stereo
..RichardDiamond_1950-02-12_0043_ElaineTannorMissing   8.39 29:20 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-02-19_0044_JewelThief   7.98 27:53 CBR 40 22050 Joint Stereo
..RichardDiamond_1950-02-26_0045_CopKiller   8.44 29:30 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-03-05_0046_LouisSpenseCase   8.38 29:18 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-03-12_0047_Joyce Wallace Case   6.46 28:15 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-03-19_0048_PrivateEyeTest   8.28 28:57 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-03-26_0049_TheMissingNegative   8.41 29:23 CBR 40 22050 Mono
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..RichardDiamond_1950-04-12_0051_ButcherKiller   8.04 28:06 CBR 40 22050 Joint Stereo
..RichardDiamond_1950-04-19_0052_PattyClark   9.93 28:55 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-04-26_0053_RalphBaxterJewelRobber   10.04 29:14 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-06-14_0054_MrsXCan'tFindHerHusband   6.66 29:05 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-06-28_0056_MaryBellmanMurder   9.79 28:32 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-07-05_0057_MikeBurtonCase   10.02 29:12 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-07-26_0059_MarthaCampbellKidnapped   6.75 29:30 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-08-02_0060_MaxFarmerBoxer   8.36 29:13 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-08-09_0061_EdnaWolfeCase   8.53 29:49 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-08-16_0062_TheCircusCase   8.64 30:12 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-08-23_0063_InsuranceMatter   8.52 29:46 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-08-30_0064_BigfootGrafton   8.46 29:35 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-09-06_0065_WrongLaundryNumber   10.27 29:56 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-09-13_0066_GeorgeLexingtonMurder   8.35 29:12 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-09-20_0067_TheBaldHeadCase   8.37 29:16 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-09-27_0068_MurderedCowboy-HatPinCase   8.74 30:32 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-10-04_0069_MissingHusband   8.58 29:59 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-10-11_0070_RichardReynard   10.02 29:12 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-10-18_0071_Lt.levinsonKidnapped   8.19 28:38 CBR 40 22050 Joint Stereo
..RichardDiamond_1950-10-25_0072_RifleCase-GermanGunmaker   8.85 30:56 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-11-08_0074_DeathAndTheLetter   8.08 28:15 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-11-15_0075_MonaLisaMurder   6.61 23:06 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-11-15_0076_CoverUpMurders   7.32 25:35 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1950-12-06_0078_MissingNightWatchman   7.66 26:47 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-01-12_0080_DupilcateKey   8.45 29:33 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-01-19_0081_BuriedTreasure   7.95 27:47 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-01-26_0082_RollinsCase   8.44 29:30 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-02-02_0083_CasparyCase   8.58 29:59 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-02-09_0084_DarkBlueSergeSuit   8.59 30:02 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-02-16_0085_TheGrayMan   8.38 29:18 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-02-23_0086_LadyInDistress   9.27 26:59 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-03-02_0087_RedRose   8.61 30:06 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-03-09_0088_TheButcherShop   8.26 28:53 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-03-16_0089_MonsuerBeauchand   8.56 29:55 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-03-23_0090_LittleCheeve   8.49 29:40 CBR 40 22050 Mono
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..RichardDiamond_1951-03-30_0091_Carnival   6.89 24:04 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-10-05_0105_PeteRoccoCase   7.61 26:35 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-11-02_0109_TheBoweryCase   8.10 28:19 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-11-09_0110_BuriedTreasure   6.23 27:13 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-11-16_0111_HollywoodStory-G.l.HarveyCase   8.70 30:25 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-12-07_0114_BrownEnvelope   5.12 29:50 CBR 24 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-12-21_0116_AChristmasCarol   6.74 29:26 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1951-12-28_0117_PlaidOvercoatCase   10.07 29:20 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1952-01-04_0118_MerryGoRoundMurder   7.48 26:08 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1952-01-11_0119_WhiteCowCase   7.52 26:18 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1952-01-18_0120_TheSimpsonCase   8.19 28:37 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1952-01-25_0121_TheAlBrennerCase   7.21 25:13 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1952-02-01_0122_GarabaldiCase   8.44 29:30 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1952-02-08_0123_EddieBurkeCase   7.00 24:27 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1952-03-14_0128_TheDixonCase   8.11 28:20 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1952-03-21_0129_HankBurtonCase   6.66 23:17 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1952-03-28_0130_DrWalkersAndTheProblem   6.61 23:05 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1952-04-04_0131_EnigmaOfBigEd   8.42 29:26 CBR 40 22050 Joint Stereo
..RichardDiamond_1952-05-16_0137_EddieGarretCase   7.34 25:39 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-05-31_0144_TwoTicketsToBolivia-WilliamHollandCase   6.89 30:07 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-06-07_0145_CoverUpMurders   9.07 31:41 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-06-21_0146_AntiqueBhuda   8.95 31:16 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-06-28_0147_RifleCase   8.85 30:56 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-07-12_0149_PeteRoccoCase   5.36 23:25 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-07-19_0150_PoliceOfficerSymposium   6.95 24:17 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-07-26_0151_MonaLisaMurder   8.73 25:25 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-08-02_0152_Lt.levinsonKidnapped   8.74 30:34 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-08-09_0153_IcePickMurder   8.70 30:24 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-08-16_0154_HatPinCase   8.74 30:32 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-08-23_0155_HollywoodStory   8.70 30:25 CBR 40 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-08-30_0156_BaseballMatter   8.16 23:45 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-09-20_0159_EdnaWolfeWantsToGetNancyFowler   6.85 29:56 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..RichardDiamond_1953-09-27_0160_DiamondBeatenAndKidnapped   7.07 24:42 CBR 40 22050 Mono
113 Object(s) 111 896.71 52:56:02 ~ 39    
 

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