Dick Powell is Richard Diamond, private detective, the quick-witted, lighthearted detective. Quite possibly radio's first singing detective, Diamond was always quick with a quip or a sarcastic response. He sang his way through over 150 fast-paced adventures, most of which were written by Blake Edwards before the start of his successful career as a film director.
Everyone, from cutthroat business execs to sparring spouses, from real estate men to showgirls, from lawyers to ex-cons, and from fighters to fortune tellers, come seeking help with cases of kidnapping, blackmail, mysterious packages, and murder.
In these 16 digitally remastered episodes, Diamond takes the case - along with his sweetheart and sidekick, Helen Asher (Frances Robinson). Generally complicating matters, and occasionally passing work along his way, were homicide detectives Lieutenant Walt Levinson (Ed Begley Sr.) and Otis Ludlum (Wilms Herbert).
Episodes include: "The Elaine Tanner Case" 02-12-50, "Photographer's Card" 03-26-50, "The Statue of Kali" 04-05-50, "The Butcher Killer" 04-12-50, "The Mary Bellman Murder Case" 06-28-50, "The Mike Burton Case" 07-05-50, "Boxer Max Farmer" 08-02-50, "The Carnival Case" 08-16-50, "The Big Foot Grafton Case" 08-30-50, "The Misplaced Laundry Case" 09-06-50, "The George Lexington Case" 09-13-50, "The Oklahoma Cowboy Murder Case" 09-27-50, "The Pete Rocco Case" 10-04-50, "The Homing Pigeon Case" 10-11-50, "The Marilyn Connors Case" 01-12-51, "Monsieur Beauchand" 03-16-51.
What listeners say about Richard Diamond, Private Detective: Dead Men
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- Chris Coyne
The Singing detective.
For a singer Dick Powell, does a good job as a detective.He also gets plenty of chances to sing on this program. My only complaint is that have to listen to a lot commercials about cigarettes and tobacco. Reminds you of how evil cigarette companies are.