Ace Crawford, Private Eye
|Ace Crawford, Private Eye|
|Directed by||Michael Preece|
|Theme music composer||Hughie Cannon
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Running time||24 min.|
|Production company(s)||Conway Enterprises
|Original run||March 15, 1983– April 12, 1983|
Tim Conway stars as a trench-coated private detective who always solves the case and catches the bad guy, despite his constant bumbling. The show was broadcast on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. Only five episodes were aired.
Cast and characters
In addition to Tim Conway as Ace Crawford, the cast included:
- Joe Regalbuto as Toomey, a CPA and Conway’s assistant; he always saw Crawford as a hero, and thought that his bumbling was simply some kind of cunning strategy.
- Billy Barty as Inch, owner and bartender of The Shanty, a wharfside bar where Crawford hangs out.
- Shera Danese as Luana, a singer at The Shanty who lusted after Crawford.
- Bill Henderson as Mello, a blind jazz musician at The Shanty.
- Dick Christie as Detective Lieutenant Fanning, who was always mystified as to how Crawford solved every case.
In each half-hour episode, Crawford would be hired for, or otherwise find himself involved in, a case in which criminals were taking advantage of innocent citizens. He would then approach the case using Conway’s trademark comedy style; in one episode he was disguised as a feeble old man, in another he was using a children's toy microphone as a “wire,” et cetera. In spite of the slapstick results of his actions, Crawford would always emerge triumphant.
Every episode ended the same way: Crawford would leave The Shanty at night and walk along the wharf, vanishing into the fog... and then audibly fall into the water.
Episode titles and airdates
|Nº||Title||Directed by:||Air date|
|1||"Murder at Restful Hills"||(Unknown)||March 15, 1983|
|Ace investigates the claim of Luana's grandmother that deaths at a nursing home weren't the result of natural causes.|
|2||"Bull Bates"||Michael Preece||March 22, 1983|
|3||"Inch in a Pinch"||Michael Preece||March 29, 1983|
|4||"The Microchip Caper"||Michael Preece||April 5, 1983|
|An insurance rep hires Ace to test the security system guarding a valuable microchip.|
|5||"The Gentleman Bandit"||Michael Preece||April 12, 1983|
|Ace poses as a secretary to pinch a robber preying on female office workers.|
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