The Cases of Eddie Drake

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The Cases of Eddie Drake
Created by Harlan Thompson
Herbert L. Strock
Starring Don Haggerty
Patricia Morison (ep. 1-9)
Lynne Roberts (ep. 10-13)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Running time 30 minutes
Original network DuMont (filmed at CBS)
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release March 6 (1952-03-06) – May 29, 1952 (1952-05-29)

The Cases of Eddie Drake is an American crime drama series which aired on the DuMont Television Network. The series ran during 1952, and was a crime drama originally filmed by CBS Television in 1949. The TV series was adapted from the radio series The Cases of Mr. Ace (1945-1947) starring George Raft, with both series written by Jason James.

However, the nine TV episodes were never broadcast on CBS. In 1952, these episodes were purchased by DuMont and aired on that network instead. (For an example of a DuMont-filmed series which aired on CBS, see The Honeymooners.) DuMont also filmed four additional episodes to round out the series to the standard 13-episode season.[1]


The series stars Don Haggerty as Eddie Drake, a private eye from New York, and (in the original nine episodes) Patricia Morison as psychiatrist Dr. Karen Gayle. Actress Lynne Roberts portrayed criminologist Dr. Joan Wright in the final four episodes. In the series, Drake drives a 3-wheeled 1948 Davis D-2 Divan car. The final episode aired on May 29, 1952.[1]

Episode status[edit]

The episode "Shoot the Works" (aired April 10, 1952) is available online. The episode "Sleep Well, Angel" (May 1, 1952) is in the collection of the Paley Center for Media.[2]

Films released in the UK[edit]

Between February 1954 and February 1956, four feature films edited from the Eddie Drake series were released by Butchers Film Service and Jack Phillips Film Distribution to smaller cinemas in the UK:

  • The Brass Key
  • Eddie Drake Investigates
  • Pattern for Murder
  • Murder Ad Lib

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b McNeil, Alex (1980). Total Television (4th ed.). New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  2. ^ Mystery File article by Michael Shonk

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