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Richard Diamond, Private Detective
  R I C H A R D   D I A M O N D,   P R I V A T E   D E T E C T I V E
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                            1949 - 1953

First Show: Apr 24, 1949                      Last Show: Spe 20, 1953
Number Shows: 159?                          Audition Show: none known


Series Description:

In 1945, Dick Powell portraid 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 and Richard Diamond four years later.  

RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE came to NBC in 1949.  Diamond is a
slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who 
need 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.

Hellen 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 May of 1953, the series moved to CBS but all shows were repeats
from the 1950-51 season.


Log Comments:

Since titles were not given at the start of each show, there's
considerable difference from source to source.  Titles ending in
"Case" were used first, when found, for example "The Barton Case",
followed by the most common title found.  If no "Case" titles were
found, the most common found is used first.  Alternates followed the
main title.  Special mention goes to Jerry Haendiges' log (See
"Other Logs or Books").  His log contained numerous alternate
titles.


Log:

Date    Day  Num  Title                                   Src Key
------  ---  ---  --------------------------------------- ---------
 1949             ... Series starts on NBC ...
Apr 24  Sun    1  ... title not known ...
May 01  Sun    2  The Barton Case                          2
                  Alt: Diamond In The Rough
May 08  Sun    3  ... title not known ...
May 15  Sun    4  The Ralph Chase Case                     23 567
                  Alt: Ralph Chases Stepdaughter
May 22  Sun    5  The Stolen Purse                         23 5678
                  Alt: Stolen Purse - Counterfeit Ring
                  Alt: Old News Vendor & The Stolen Purse
May 29  Sun    6  The Betty Moran Case                    123 5678
                  Alt: Betty Moran Suicide
                  Alt: Betty Moran Blackmail Murder
                  Alt: Betty Moran shoots blackmailer
Jun 05  Sun    7  ... title not known ...
Jun 12  Sun    8  ... title not known ...
Jun 19  Sun    9  The Fred Sears Murder Case              123 5678
                  Alt: Deadline For Murder
                  Alt: Sears Divorse Case
Jun 26  Sun   10  The Tom Waxman Bombing Case             12  5678
                  Alt: Deadly Delivery
                  Alt: Tom Waxman, Union Leader Killed By
                       Bomb
                  Alt: Protest Murder
Jul 02  Sat   11  The Bloody Hat Case                     123 5678
                  Alt: A Hat Without A Body
                  Alt: George Watkins Framed
Jul 09  Sat   12  Charles Walsh, Bob Wells                12  5678
                  Alt: Walsh And Wells Kidnap Helen
                  Alt: Charles Walsh Wants To Kill
                       Diamond
Jul 16  Sat   13  The Man Who Hated Women                 123 5678
                  Alt: Kidnapped For Revenge
                  Alt: Murder Without Motive
                  Alt: The Butcher
                  Alt: Butcher Killed
Jul 23  Sat   14  The Martin Heyer Case                   123 5678
                  Alt: Letter Perfect Murder
                  Alt: June Hires
                  Alt: Martin and June Hyers
                  Alt: Homocide Billings Killing 
Jul 30  Sat   15  ... title not known ... 
Aug 06  Sat   16  The Lynn Knight Case                    123 5678
                  Alt: Pictures Of Killer's Club
                  Alt: Killers' Picture Taken
                  Alt: Picture Perfect Killers
                  Alt: Lynn Knight Wants Protection 
Aug 13  Sat   17  ... title not known ... 
Aug 20  Sat   18  The Jean Cooper Murder Case             123 5678
                  Alt: Central Park Murder
                  Alt: Tom Cook 
Aug 27  Sat   19  The Eddie Garrett Case                  123 5678
                  Alt: Bill Garret, See Diamond
                  Alt: Big Brother
                  Alt: Bill Garret
                  Alt: Eddie Garrett 
Sep 03  Sat   20  The Harry Baker Case                    123 5678
                  Alt: Harry Baker Kills Wife
                  Alt: Kleptomania Means Murder
                  Alt: Mrs. William Baker, Klepto 
Sep 10  Sat   21  The Van Dyke Seance Case                123 567
                  Alt: Professor Leonardo
                  Alt: Seance For Murder
                  Alt: Phony Seance Racket
                  Alt: Mrs. Van Dyke And Prof. Leonardo 
Sep 17  Sat   22  The Jerome J. Jerome Case               123 5678
                  Alt: Jerome J. Jerome, Bodyguard 
Sep 24  Sat   23  The $200,000 Bundle                     123 567
                  Alt: $200,000 In A Safe Deposit Box
                  Alt: $200,000 Loot
                  Alt: Secret Plans
                  Alt: Mrs. Billy Crump and the $200,000
                       Bundle 
Oct 01  Sat   24  ... title not known ...
Oct 08  Sat   25  The Gibson Murder Case                  123 5678
                  Alt: Mr. Gibson Blackmailed
                  Alt: The Corpse On The Hepplewhite
                  Alt: The Leland Gibson Murder
Oct 15  Sat   26  The Bogus Bills Case                    123 5678
                  Alt: Jeff The Newsboy
                  Alt: The Counterfit Case
                  Alt: Newspaper Boy And Counterfeiting
                       Ring
Oct 22  Sat   27  The Rene Bennet Protection Case         123 5678
                  Alt: Hat Protection For Rene Bene
                  Alt: Clothes Make The Killer
                  Alt: Renee Benet Story
                  Alt: Renee Benet, Hatmaker
Oct 29  Sat   28  The Bill Kirby Case                     123 5678
                  Alt: Bill Kirby, Package
                  Alt: Death In A Shoebox
Nov 05  Sat   29  The Singing Critic                      123 5678
                  Alt: Pat Kosak, For Hire
                  Alt: Neighbor Tries To Ruin Diamond's
                       Voice
                  Alt: Rival Shamus
                  Alt: Rival Detective or Singing Critic
Nov 12  Sat   30  $50,000 Diamond Heist                   123 5678
                  Alt: Diamonds Are A Detective's Best
                       Frame
                  Alt: Commissioners Diamonds Stolen
                  Alt: $50,000 In Diamonds Stolen
Nov 19  Sat   31  The Leon Jacoby Case                    123 5678
                  Alt: Vendetta
                  Alt: The Return of Jacoby
                  Alt: Jacoby Is Back In Town
Nov 26  Sat   32  William Carter loses Memory             123 5678
                  Alt: Murder In The Mind
                  Alt: Case of Amnesia
                  Alt: William Carter And Helena Fisher
Dec 03  Sat   33  The Ruby Idol Case                      123 5678
                  Alt: The Case Of The Grissly Ghost
                  Alt: The Leland L Leeds Case
                  Alt: Leland L. Leeds And King Tut Idol
Dec 10  Sat   34  The House Of Mystery Case               123 5678
                  Alt: Richard Diamond & The Haunted
                       House
                  Alt: A Case of Spirits
                  Alt: Julia Bates
                  Alt: Haunted House
Dec 17  Sat   35  John Blackwell Case                     12345678
                  Alt: No One Was Murdered
                  Alt: The Yo Yo
                  Alt: Mr. Johns and Big Man
Dec 24  Sat   36  Diamond's Christmas Carol               123 5678
                  Alt: A Contempory Christmas Carol
                  Alt: Adaptation Of "A Christmas Carol"
                  Alt: A Christmas Carol
Dec 31  Sat   37  The Thomas Jason Case                   123 5678
                  Alt: The Adopted Daughter Case
                  Alt: The Committed Stockbroker
                  Alt: Stocks And Blondes
 1950
Jan 08  Sun   38  Butchers Protection Association         1234 678
                  Alt: Protective Racket
                  Alt: Butchers And Protection Racket
Jan 15  Sun   39  Mr. Victor's Daughter                   123 5678
                  Alt: Victors Publishing Co., Blackmail
                  Alt: Mr. Victor Hires Diamond
                  Alt: D. Saxon Case
Jan 22  Sun   40  Martin White Sees Dead Man              12  5678
                  Alt: The Blackwell Jarvis Case
                  Alt: Martin White And Dead Man
                  Alt: Martin White
                  Alt: Paul Jarvis Missing
Jan 29  Sun   41  ... title not known ...
Feb 05  Sun   42  To Guard A Seal                         123 5678
                  Alt: Timothy The Seal
                  Alt: Bodyguard For A Seal
Feb 12  Sun   43  The Elaine Tanner Case                  123 5678
                  Alt: Elaine Tannor Is Missing
Feb 19  Sun   44  The Jewel Thief                         123  678
                  Alt: Wells
Feb 26  Sun   45  The Blind Man And The Cop Killer        123  678
                  Alt: Cop Killer
Mar 05  Sun   46  The Louis Spence Case                   1234 678
                  Alt: Louis Spence Escapes
                  Alt: L. Spence Mad Bomber
                  Alt: Human Bomb
Mar 12  Sun   47  Joyce Wallace                           12345678
                  Alt: Joyce Wallace Loves Her Husband
                  Alt: Actress, Joyce Wallace, Threat
                  Alt: Snake
                  Alt: Red Rose
Mar 19  Sun   48  Private Eye Test                        12345678
                  Alt: Detective Murdered At Police
                       Station
                  Alt: The Private Eye
                  Alt: Patent Leather Kid
                  Alt: Pat Romero
Mar 26  Sun   49  Photographer's Card                     1234 678
                  Alt: Deadly Negative
                  Alt: The Photographer's Club
                  Alt: The Missing Negative
                  Alt: Sidewalk Photographer
                  Alt: Card & The Negative
Apr 05  Wed   50  William Logan & the Ivory Statue        12345678
                  Alt: The Secret Society
                  Alt: Statue Of Kali
                  Alt: Death And The Package
                  Alt: William Logan
Apr 12  Wed   51  The Man Who Hated Women                 123 5678
                  Alt: The Butcher
                  Alt: Butcher Killer
Apr 19  Wed   52  Messenger Service, Patty Clark          123 5678
                  Alt: Delivery Of Death
                  Alt: The Body At The Door
                  Alt: Patty Clark
Apr 26  Wed   53  The Ralph Baxter Case                   123 5678
                  Alt: Baxter Escapes Jail
                  Alt: Man Hunt
                  Alt: Ralph Baxter
                  Alt: Jewel Robber

                  ... no shows until 06-14 ...
 1950
Jun 14  Wed   54  Mrs. X Can't Find Her Husband            2
Jun 21  Wed   55  ... title not known ...
Jun 28  Wed   56  Mary Billman Killed                     123 5678
                  Alt: The Long Simmering Hate
                  Alt: The Mary Bellman Murder
                  Alt: Raymond R. Waldrun Case
Jul 05  Wed   57  The Mike Burton Murder Case             123 5678
                  Alt: Hit And Run
                  Alt: Cross State Trucking
Jul 12  Wed   58  ... title not known ...
Jul 19  Wed       ... pre-empted ...
Jul 26  Wed   59  The Martha Campbell Kidnap Case         123 5678
                  Alt: Diane And Martha Campbell
                  Alt: Ransom For Murder
                  Alt: Martha Campbell Kidnapped
Aug 02  Wed   60  The Fixed Fight Case                    123 5678
                  Alt: Fight Manager Commits Suicide
                  Alt: The Case Of The Double Dive
                  Alt: Max Farmer, Boxer
Aug 09  Wed   61  The Edna Wolfe Case                     123 5678
                  Alt: The Woman Who Cried Wolf
                  Alt: Female Wolfe Case
                  Alt: Edna Wolf Wants To Get Nancy
                       Fowler
Aug 16  Wed   62  The Carnival Case                       123 5678  
                  Alt: The Carnival Killer
                  Alt: The Circus Case
Aug 23  Wed   63  The Eveans Farmer Case                  123 5678
                  Alt: Story Of George Farmer
                  Alt: Murder Times Three
                  Alt: Insurance Matter
                  Alt: Dr. Evans
                  Alt: Geo Farm
Aug 30  Wed   64  The Big Foot Grafton Case               123 5678
                  Alt: Girl's Softball Team
                  Alt: Murder After Death
                  Alt: Baseball Matter
                  Alt: Big Foot Grafton's Funeral
Sep 06  Wed   65  The Misplaced Laundry Case              123 5678
                  Alt: Wrong Laundry/Narcotics
                  Alt: A Clean Scheme
                  Alt: Wrong Laundry Number
Sep 13  Wed   66  The George Lexington Murder Case        12  5678
                  Alt: George Lexington Fears For His
                       Life
                  Alt: Steak Knife Case
Sep 20  Wed   67  The Bald Head Case                      12  56 8
                  Alt: The John Wylie Murder
                  Alt: Pat Stence, Death In The Hair
                       Salon
Sep 27  Wed   68  The Oklahoma Cowboy Murder Case         12  5678
                  Alt: Will Baxter, Oklahoma Cowboy
                  Alt: The Oklahoma Case
                  Alt: Hat Pin Case
                  Alt: Clay Baxter
                  Alt: Stickpin Case
Oct 04  Wed   69  Mrs. X, Pete Rocco Breaks Jail          12345678
                  Alt: Missing Husband
Oct 11  Wed   70  The Homing Pigeon Case                  12  5678
                  Alt: Blackmail By Carrier Pigeon
                  Alt: Richard Reynard
Oct 18  Wed   71  Lt. Levinson Kidnapped                  12 4 678
                  Alt: Kidnapped Policeman
                  Alt: Lt. Levenson Has Been Kidnapped
Oct 25  Wed   72  The Rifle Case
                  Alt: German Gun Maker
                  Alt: German Gunmaker, Gustoph Heydon
                  Alt: Mr. Heiden, Gun Maker
Nov 01  Wed   73  The Traffic Ticket Case
Nov 08  Wed   74  Dead Man's Letter                        234 678
                  Alt: The Gold
                  Alt: Nancy Lang
                  Alt: Senor Guillardo
Nov 15  Wed   75  Mona Lisa Murder                               8
                  Alt: Arnold Drice
Nov 22  Wed   76  Cover-Up Murders
                  Alt: The 8 O'Clock Killer
Nov 29  Wed   77  The Calypso
Dec 06  Wed   78  Missing Night Watchman
                  Alt: Antique Buddha

                  ... Moves to ABC ...
 1951            
Jan 05  Fri   79  ... title not known ...
Jan 12  Fri   80  The Marilyn Connors Case                12345678
                  Alt: Dupilcate Key
Jan 19  Fri   81  The Man With A Scar                      234 678
                  Alt: Florida Buried Treasure
                  Alt: Man With The Scar
                  Alt: Envelope
Jan 26  Fri   82  The Rollins Case                        123 5678
Feb 02  Fri   83  The Caspery Case                         2345678
Feb 09  Fri   84  Blue Serge Suit                          2345678
Feb 16  Fri   85  The Gray Man                             23 5678
Feb 23  Fri   86  Lady in Distress                         23 5678
Mar 02  Fri   87  The Red Rose                             23 5678
                  Alt: John Allyson Assassination
                  Alt: The Red Horse
Mar 09  Fri   88  The Butcher Shop                         23 5678
Mar 16  Fri   89  Monsieur Beauchand                       23 5678
                  Alt: Face Cream Sample
Mar 23  Fri   90  Little Cheeva                            23 5678
                  Alt: Voodoo
Mar 30  Fri   91  The Carnival                             23  678
Apr 06  Fri   92  ... title not known ...
Apr 13  Fri   93  ... title not known ...
Apr 20  Fri   94  Belle of Pine Top Crossing
Apr 27  Fri   95  ... title not known ...
May 04  Fri   96  Boy Who Made Bad
May 11  Fri   97  ... title not known ...
May 18  Fri   98  ... title not known ...
May 25  Fri   99  ... title not known ...
Jun 01  Fri  100  ... title not known ...
Jun 08  Fri  101  ... title not known ...
Jun 15  Fri  102  ... title not known ...
Jun 22  Fri  103  ... title not known ...
Jun 29  Fri  104  ... title not known ...

                  ... off for the Summer ...
 1951
Oct 05  Fri  105  The Pete Rocco Case
Oct 12  Fri  106  ... title not known ...
Oct 19  Fri  107  ... title not known ...
Oct 26  Fri  108  ... title not known ...
Nov 02  Fri  109  The Bowery Case
Nov 09  Fri  110  Buried Treasure
Nov 16  Fri  111  The California Murder Case                     8
                  Alt: G.L. Harvey Case
                  Alt: Hollywood Story
                  Alt: G. L. Harvey Blackmailed
                  Alt: George L. Harvey
                  Alt: Harvey, Hollywood Producer,
                       Blackmailed
Nov 23  Fri  112  The Mickey Farmer Case
Nov 30  Fri  113  ... title not known ...
Dec 07  Fri  114  The Brown Envelope Case                  2    78
                  Alt: Diamond Becomes A Target
                  Alt: Diamond's Pants Stolen
Dec 14  Fri  115  The Night Club Case
Dec 21  Fri  116  A Christmas Carol                        23  678
                  Alt: Adaptation Of "A Christmas Carol"
Dec 28  Fri  117  The Plaid Overcoat                       23  67

 1952
Jan 04  Fri  118  The Merry-Go-Round Murder Case           23  67
Jan 11  Fri  119  The White Cow Case                       23  67
Jan 18  Fri  120  The Simpson Case                         23  67
Jan 25  Fri  121  The Al Brenners Case                    1234567
Feb 01  Fri  122  The Garibaldi Case                      12345678
Feb 08  Fri  123  The Eddie Burke Case                    12345678
Feb 15  Fri  124  The Jerry Wilson Case
Feb 22  Fri  125  ... title not known ...
Feb 29  Fri  126  ... title not known ...
Mar 07  Fri  127  Winthrop and Company                     2
Mar 14  Fri  128  The Dixon Case                          12345678
Mar 21  Fri  129  The Hank Burton Case                    12345678
Mar 28  Fri  130  Mr. Walker's Problem                    1234 67
                  Alt: Dr. Walker And The Problem
Apr 04  Fri  131  The Enigma Of Big Ed                    1234567
Apr 11  Fri  132  ... title not known ...
Apr 18  Fri  133  ... title not known ...
Apr 25  Fri  134  ... title not known ...
May 02  Fri  135  ... title not known ...
May 09  Fri  136  ... title not known ...
May 16  Fri  137  The Eddie Garret Case
May 23  Fri  138  The George Dale Case
May 30  Fri  139  The Carpenter Case
Jun 06  Fri  140  The Black Doll Case
Jun 13  Fri  141  The F. Taylor Case
Jun 20  Fri  142  ... title not known ...
Jun 27  Fri  143  The Danny Revere Case

                  ... Series moves to CBS for  ...
                  ... Summer Series replaceing ...
                  ... Amos & Andy.  All shows  ...
                  ... are repeats from 1950-51 ...
                  ... season. (Show numbers in ...
                  ... parenthesis where known) ...
 1953
May 31  Sun  144  The William Holland Case                1234567
                  Alt: Two Tickets To Bolivia
Jun 07  Sun  145  Eight O'Clock Killer              (#76) 1234567
Jun 14  Sun       ... pre-empted ...
Jun 21  Sun  146  Missing Night Watchman            (#78) 1234567
Jun 28  Sun  147  The Rifle Case                    (#72) 1234567
Jul 05  Sun  148  The Man With A Scar               (#81)  2
Jul 12  Sun  149  The Pete Rocco Case              (#105)  2
Jul 19  Sun  150  Chapel Hill Case Policeman's Symposium
                  Alt: Peace Officer Symposium Speech
Jul 26  Sun  151  Mona Lisa Murder                  (#75)  2
Aug 02  Sun  152  Lt. Levison Kidnapped             (#71) 1234567
Aug 09  Sun  153  Juice Bar Caper                         123 5678
                  Alt: The Icepick Murders
                  Alt: Wheat Germ Case
                  Alt: Ice Pick Murder
                  Alt: Juice Bar/Ice Pick Murder
Aug 16  Sun  154  The Oklahoma Cowboy Murder Case   (#68) 123 567
Aug 23  Sun  155  The California Murder Case       (#111) 123 567
Aug 30  Sun  156  The Big Foot Grafton Case         (#64)  2
Sep 06  Sun  157  The George Lexington Murder Case  (#66)  2
Sep 13  Sun  158  Charles Johnson Matter
Sep 20  Sun  159  The Edna Wolfe Case               (#61)  2


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References:

* "The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide To
  All Circulating Shows", third edition, by Jay Hickerson, Box 4321,
  Hamden, CT 06514


Other Logs or Books:

* RICHARD DIAMOND log, Jay Hickerson, Box 4321, Hamden, CT 06514
* RICHARD DIAMOND log, Jerry Haendiges Productions, 13808 Sunset Dr.,
  Whittier, CA 90602 (available from the Internet at The Vintage
  Radio Place, http://www.otrsite.com)


Reader Feedback:

* Bill Nevart posted an amendment to my note on LUX RADIO THEATER:
  "Murder My Sweet", bits of which are now included in the
  description.
* John Henley mentioned that, prior to playing Richard Diamond,
  Powell played another detective, Richard Rogue, in ROGUE'S GALLERY.
* Ken McDaniel sent a correction for the broadcast date of LUX 
  "Murder My Sweet".


Last Update: Feb 22, 2001


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