Richard Diamond, Private Detective is a detective drama which was on radio from 1949 to 1953 and on television from 1957 to 1960. Dick Powell starred in the Richard Diamond, Private Detective radio series as a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen (played by Virginia Gregg). It began airing on NBC on April 24, 1949, picked up Rexall as a sponsor on April 5, 1950, and continued until December 6, 1950. The shows were written by Blake Edwards. Its theme, "Leave It to Love", was whistled by Powell at the beginning of each episode.
With Camel cigarettes as a sponsor, it moved to ABC from January 5, 1951, to June 29, 1951, with Rexall returning for a run from October 5, 1951, until June 27, 1952. Substituting for Amos 'n' Andy, it aired Sunday evenings on CBS from May 31, 1953 until September 20, 1953.
Because Dick Powell was known for musical comedies prior to his appearance as Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler's Murder, My Sweet (1944) and because he was a detective who sang in Richard Diamond, Private Detective, some regard this radio series as an influence on the character of Philip E. Marlow (Michael Gambon) in Dennis Potter's chandleresque The Singing Detective (1986).
Powell's company, Four Star Television, produced the TV series, which premiered on CBS but was later telecast for its last year on NBC. David Janssen starred as Diamond, a hard-boiled private detective in the film noir tradition. His secretary, Sam, was shown only from the waist down to display her beautiful legs. Initially, these were the legs of Mary Tyler Moore, but later, the legs of other actresses were seen. Russ Conway appeared occasionally as Lieutenant Pete Kile during the final season. At one point during the three-year run, the show's setting was moved from New York City to Los Angeles.
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I really enjoyed listening to these stories, it was a wonderful mix of humour and violence, filled with wit, romance and action. it really offered something for everyone. not to say it was without problems, some of the episodes had poor sound quality and some were repeated, sometimes rather close together. it also seemed to be missing 20 of the promised episodes. overall very entertaining, with a great cast, but let down in a few key areas, still I'd recommend it.
Blah Audible! You have the cover from the TV show and not the cover from the radio show which starred Dick Powell.
Found a few episodes on YT and thankfully Audible had the rest. Wish the audio was better, but for the cost of one credit it is still worth it.
"Fantastic Old-Time Detective Radio Drama"
Richard Diamond is just great.
It is probably the ONLY detective radio drama of its time to have a sense of humor.
The series is somewhat similar to the style of story penned by Raymond Chandler in his Philip Marlowe mysteries but with a few laughs thrown in here or there.
These stories have definitely withstood the test of time. I doubt it would be possible to make a radio drama as good as Richard Diamond even using today's technology. It just has a certain charm to it that can never be recreated.
9.5 / 10.0
"Good Old-Time Detective Show"
The show itself is great. The first episode was so fuzzy as to be almost unlistenable. But the remaining chapters seem okay so far.
Phillip Marlowe, Sam Spade
"My favorite film noir detective"
Fun film noir
The sense of humor and fun throughout every story
I could do without the singing at the end of every show, although he is a good singer.
I enjoyed Dick Powell in "Murder, My Sweet.' He brings that character's sense of fun to this show as well.
"If you can hear the story you will enjoy it"
The recording is horrible... The stories are great, the material is impecable....
But Before they sold the product they should work refining the audio quality... There is no excuse on these days to get a clean audio recording...
Well done from front to back and from episode one to the end. Lite hearted and fun.
"replayed the same episode several times"
that said I love the series and that they kept the Comercial it really keeps the time Era in focus and I loved that.
"Love old radio!"
Fantastic mini-mysteries. They are predictable but fun. Serious with a comedic undertone. Enjoyable listening anytime.
"Oozing good looks that you can hear!"
Hard knocks of a day in the life of one of the best private eyes in town. Dick Powell smart talks his way through all kinds of trouble, with a wham to the jaw of the bad guy and a soft spot for fairer sex, not to mention his serenades at the end of each episode. Love it!
Could do without the Camel cigarette commercials. Otherwise, very entertaining. Good old fashioned fun entertainment.
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