Combining Dick Powell's tough-guy film noir image with his impressive way with a song, "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" starred him as a hard-boiled gumshoe who rarely took himself too seriously; he was, simply, an ex-cop who had decided to hang out his own shingle in the investigation business. He demonstrated a breezy insouciance to authority, generally concluded each case with a song sung to his sweetheart, and indulged himself with in-jokes - many referencing other radio detectives. The series ran from 1949-1952 and later made its way to television, but radio fans know that their fix of Mr. Diamond can only be satisfied by tuning in the one-and-only Dick Powell...and there's no better way to start than with these twenty fully restored broadcasts, courtesy of Radio Archives, in this ten-hour collection of lighthearted action and adventure. Programs include: The Ralph Chase Case - May 15, 1949 / Stolen Purse and Counterfeit Ring - May 22, 1949 / The Betty Moran Case - May 29, 1949 / The Rene Benay Protection Case - October 22, 1949 / The John Blackwell Case - December 17, 1949 / A Christmas Carol - December 24, 1949 / The Doug Saxon Case - January 15, 1950 / Timothy the Seal - February 5, 1950 / The Elaine Tanner Case - February 12, 1950 / The Jewel Thief - February 19, 1950 / The Cop Killer - February 26, 1950 / The Louis Spence Case - March 5, 1950 / The Joyce Wallace Case - March 12, 1950 / The George Phipps Case - March 26, 1950 / Death and the Package - April 5, 1950 / Pete Rocco Breaks Jail - October 4, 1950 / The Nancy Lang Case - November 8, 1950 / The Marilyn Connors Case - January 12, 1951 / A Man with a Scar - January 19, 1951 / The Rollins Case - January 26, 1951
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