Richard Diamond, Private Detective
|Richard Diamond, Private Detective|
David Janssen as Richard Diamond (1959)
|Also known as||Call Mr. D|
|Written by||Blake Edwards|
|Directed by||Thomas Carr
Tom Gries et al
(season one & two)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||77|
|Producer(s)||Mark Sandrich Jr.
Vincent M. Fennelly
Chandler House et al
|Location(s)||New York City
|Cinematography||George E. Diskant|
|Running time||30 minutes per episode|
|Production company(s)||Four Star Television|
|Distributor||Fox Television Studios|
|Original channel||CBS Television (1957-1959)
|Audio format||Mono RCA Sound System|
|Original run||July 1, 1957– September 6, 1960|
Dick Powell starred in the Richard Diamond, Private Detective radio series as a light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen (Virginia Gregg). Other regular cast members included Ed Begley as Rick's friend and former partner on the police force, Lt. Walter Levinson, and Wilms Herbert as Walt's bumbling sergeant, Otis. It began airing on NBC Radio on April 24, 1949, picked up Rexall as a sponsor on April 5, 1950, and continued until December 6, 1950. Many of the shows were either written or directed by Blake Edwards. Its theme, "Leave It to Love", was whistled by Powell at the beginning of each episode.
Dick Powell's company, Four Star Television, produced the television version of Richard Diamond, Private Detective, which premiered in the summer of 1957 on CBS. It returned to CBS in January 1958 for the second season and in February 1959 for the third season, again on CBS. In the fall of 1959, the fourth and final season aired on NBC.
David Janssen, prior to The Fugitive, starred as Diamond, a former officer of the New York Police Department and 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 for seven episodes, but later the legs of other actresses were seen. Don Taylor played the title role in a 1956 television pilot, broadcast as an episode of the anthology series Chevron Hall of Stars.
In the series opening, Diamond in hat, suit and tie, walks down a dimly-lit street toward the camera and lights up a cigarette, the light from which shows his face. In syndicated rebroadcasts of the series, the revised title, Call Mr. D., flashes on the screen. Regis Toomey was cast in eight episodes in 1957-1958 as Lt. McGough. Russ Conway appeared in six episodes from 1958 to 1960 as Lieutenant Pete Kile. Early in 1959, the setting of the series was switched from New York City to Los Angeles, California, where Diamond drives a convertible with a car phone. In Los Angeles, he acquires a girlfriend, Karen Wells, played in five episodes in 1959 by Barbara Bain, later a mainstay of CBS's Mission Impossible.
- David Janssen as Richard Diamond
- Regis Toomey as Lt. Dennis "Mac" McGough (seasons 1-2)
- Russ Conway as Lt. Pete Kile (seasons 3-4)
- Barbara Bain as Karen Wells (season 3)
- Mary Tyler Moore as Sam (season 3)
- Roxane Brooks as Sam (seasons 3- 4)
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