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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By stevelacon on 19-08-18
Not what it claims
The programme summary says you'll get 122 episodes but there is only 102 chapters and quite
a few episodes are repeated, but the most annoying thing is the adverts that appear in every
episode although amusing at first ( cigarette adverts from a different time with a different attitude
towards smoking ) they soon become a nuisance a good show spoiled by adverts
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By Niels J. Rasmussen on 04-07-14
Fantastic Old-Time Detective Radio Drama
Any additional comments?
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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By John on 17-10-13
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
4 of 4 people found this review helpful