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Richard Diamond, Private Detective - Single Episodes

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RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE

In 1945, Dick Powell portrayed Phillip Marlowe in the movie "Murder My Sweet" based on Raymond Chandler's novel "Farewell My Lovely". This was a radical departure in character for Mr. Powell from a Hollywood song and dance man to a hard-boiled detective. On June 11,1945, the Lux Radio Theater brought "Murder My Sweet" to radio, again with Dick Powell in the lead. These two performances prompted his selection for the part of Richard Rogue, in Rogue’s Gallery after his role for Lux Radio Theater and Richard Diamond came four years later. Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart. Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama. Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends. The plot theme remained fairly constant throughout the entire run of the show, Diamond getting beat up and solving a tough murder case with the support of the police department. Remarkably, for all the gun fights, Diamond never got shot. And for all his bravado, he had a serious case of vertigo. Helen Asher was portrayed by Virginia Gregg, who also played the part of Brooksie on Let George Do It and Betty Lewis on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. Blake Edwards wrote the early shows and also directed a few. Music was composed by David Baskerville and later by Frank Wirth. In January of 1951, the series moved to ABC under the full sponsorship of Camel cigarettes. Then in May of 1953, the series moved to CBS but all shows were repeats from the 1950-51 Rexall sponsored season on NBC. Richard Diamond was one of the radio shows which successfully moved to television with David Janssen, later of The Fugitive fame, in the title role of Richard Diamond. The opening scene of the television show often featured the long lovely legs of Mary Tyler Moore, who went on to fame in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Mary was replaced on the Richard Diamond show when it became known that she owned the mystery legs.

NEW: Updated with Version 2 Files on 30-May-2007

From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

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Chapters

The Barton Case

27:11

Ralph Chase Case

29:32

The Stolen Purse

29:30

The Betty Moran Case

29:32

Fred Sears Murder Case

29:30

The Tom Waxman Bombing Case

29:12

The Bloody Hat Case

29:30

Charles Walsh, Bob Wells

29:32

The Man Who Hated Women

29:13

The Martin Hyer Case

29:15

The Lynn Knight Case

29:30

The Jean Cooper Murder Case

29:11

The Eddie Garrett Case

29:13

The Harry Baker Case

29:32

The Van Dyke Seance Case

29:30

The Jerome J Jerome Case

29:32

The 200,000 Dollar Bundle

29:30

Gibson Murder Case

29:32

The Bogus Bills Case

29:30

Rene Bennet Protection Case

29:32

Bill Kirby Murder Case

29:30

The Singing Critic

29:32

50,000 Dollar Diamond Heist

29:30

The Jacoby Case

29:32

William Carter Loses Memory

29:30

The Ruby Idol Case

29:32

The House Of Mystery Case

29:30

The John Blackwell Case

29:32

A Christmas Carol

29:30

Thomas Jason Case

29:32

Butchers and Protection Racket

29:30

Mr Victor's Daughter

29:32

Martin White Sees Dead Men

29:30

To Guard A Seal

29:32

Elaine Tanner Case

29:30

The Jewel Thief

29:32

The Blind Man And The Cop Killer

29:30

Louis Spence Case

29:32

Joyce Wallace

29:30

Private Eye Test

29:32

Photographer's Card

29:30

William Logan And The Ivory Statue

29:32

The Man Who Hated Women

29:30

Messenger Service, Patty Clark

29:33

The Ralph Baxter Case

29:30

Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars In Jewels

29:44

RDPD 501004 ep69 Mrs X Missing Husband

29:32

Mary Billman Killed

29:32

Mike Burton Murder Case

29:30

Ice Pick Murder

30:22

The Martha Campbell Kidnap Case

29:32

The Fixed Fight Case

29:30

Edna Wolfe Case

29:32

The Carnival Case

29:30

The Evans Farmer Case

29:32

The Big Foot Grafton Case

29:30

The Misplaced Laundry Case

29:32

The George Lexington Murder Case

29:30

The Bald Head Case

29:32

The Oklahoma Cowboy Murder Case

29:30

The Pete Rocco Case

28:17

The Homing Pigeon Case

29:30

Lt, Levinson Kidnapped

29:32

Dead Man's Letter

27:02

Mona Lisa Murder

24:13

The Cover-Up Murders

23:57

Marilyn Conners Case

29:30

The Man With The Scar

29:32

The Rawlins Case

29:30

The Caspary Case

29:32

Blue Serge Suit

29:30

The Grey Man

29:32

The Lady In Distress

29:30

The Red Rose

29:32

The Butcher Shop

29:30

Monsieur Bouchon

29:32

Little Chiva

29:30

The Carnival

29:32

The Brown Envelope Case

30:12

Christmas Show

29:30

The Plaid Overcoat Case

29:32

Merry Go Round Case

29:39

White Cow Case

29:25

Simpson Case

28:38

The Al Brenners Case

29:29

The Garribaldi Case

29:30

The Eddie Burke Case

29:32

The Dixon Case

29:30

The Hank Burton Case

29:32

Mr. Walker's Problem

29:30

The Enigma Of Big Ed

29:30

The William Holland Case

29:30

The Eight O'Clock Killer(Repeat of 50-11-22)

29:25

Missing Night Watchman (repeat 50-12-06)

29:32

Rifle Case (repeat 50-10-25)

29:23

Chapel Hill Police Officer Symposium Speech

25:16

Lt Levinson Kidnapped (repeat 50-10-18)

30:01

The Ice Pick Murder Case (repeat 50-07-12)

29:32

The Oklahoma Cowboy Murder Case (repeat 50-09-27)

29:21

The Hollywood Story (repeat 51-11-16)

29:30

Big Foot Grafton Case (50-08-30)

24:25

The Wolfe Murder Case (repeat 50-08-09)

25:00

Bewertungen

(5 Sterne)

This is a GREAT series! As I discover more of these wonderful radio shows, I become more grateful to Librivox and app developers for this ever-expanding library of entertainment! The writing in this series is fun, with some real laugh out loud moments, good story and dialog, and I have become such a fan of Dick Powell, too.

Richard Diamond Radio Program Production

(5 Sterne)

Can anyone tell me was there a live orchestra on the show or just library cues? I surely loved this show. Dick Powell was absolutely perfect for the part. Where were the shows done? Were they edited on tape. I think tape came in 1948. So these showed had the capability to be edited on tape. Thanks it for now. Maxy.

HILARIOUS.

(5 Sterne)

i am a huge dick powell fan- was there anything he COULDN'T do? great dancer, great singer, great actor. this is the audio equivalent of "murder my sweet"- lots of wisecracking that stands up to the test of time. listen to these and you WILL laugh out loud. probably the best gumshoe show i have heard apart from "night beat".

Ahead of its time...

(5 Sterne)

Where to begin? Voiceover work by the amazing actors breathes life into the imaginative, innovative, quick-witted and entertaining writing that was second to none in the era the show was broadcast. Personal favorites for newbies - 'The Gray Man' and 'Blue Serge Suit' among too many others to mention. Enjoy!

Richard Diamond

(5 Sterne)

The crazy 1 liners do it for me. He spouts off to the wrong people and usually gets his clock cleaned. It all works out in the end.. LOVE IT !!!!!!

Richard Diamond

(4 Sterne)

This program is one of the better Private Detective radio series. It is well worth downloading and listening too.

Hello, one of the best hard boiled P.I series with a softner.

(5 Sterne)

I love these shows!

(5 Sterne)

These shows have everything you could want in a show. They are great detective stories with music and comdey mixed in. My favorites are the Van Dyke Seance Case, Oklahoma Cowboy Murder Case, and Jerome J. Jerome. They are funny with a great detective story!