Ace Crawford, Private Eye

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Ace Crawford, Private Eye
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Genre Parody
Created by Ron Clark & Tim Conway
Directed by Michael Preece
Starring Tim Conway
Theme music composer Hughie Cannon
Peter Matz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Conway Enterprises
Viacom Productions
Original network CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original release March 15 (1983-03-15) – April 12, 1983 (1983-04-12)

Ace Crawford, Private Eye is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from March to April 1983. The series parodied the “hard-boiled detective” genre.


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[edit]

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.

Each episode was on film (as opposed to videotape), and had a laugh track.


Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 "Murder at Restful Hills" TBA TBA March 15, 1983 (1983-03-15)
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 TBA March 22, 1983 (1983-03-22)
3 "Inch in a Pinch" Michael Preece TBA March 29, 1983 (1983-03-29)
4 "The Microchip Caper" Michael Preece TBA April 5, 1983 (1983-04-05)
An insurance rep hires Ace to test the security system guarding a valuable microchip.
5 "The Gentleman Bandit" Michael Preece TBA April 12, 1983 (1983-04-12)
Ace poses as a secretary to pinch a robber preying on female office workers.


In 1989, a VHS videocassette was released, containing the first three episodes. This videocassette is currently out of print, and this show has not yet been released on DVD.

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