Richard Diamond, Private Detective: Old Time Radio - 122 Shows

  • by Blake Edwards
  • Narrated by Dick Powell, Virginia Gregg
  • 49 hrs and 43 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

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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Fantastic Old-Time Detective Radio Drama

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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

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- Niels J. Rasmussen "Dr. Nils Rasmussen"

Good Old-Time Detective Show

Where does Richard Diamond, Private Detective: Old Time Radio - 122 Shows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The show itself is great. The first episode was so fuzzy as to be almost unlistenable. But the remaining chapters seem okay so far.


What other book might you compare Richard Diamond, Private Detective: Old Time Radio - 122 Shows to and why?

Phillip Marlowe, Sam Spade


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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2013
  • Publisher: BN Publishing