When you think of the tough two fisted gumshoe of the film noir era Philip Marlow comes to mind. You can imagine someone like Edward G. Robinson giving a working over to some tough egg to get the information to break the case wide open. In 1949 NBC radio brought to the air Richard Diamond Private Detective played by Dick Powell. Diamond would not disappoint those looking for two fisted action. This ex OSS officer and former cop brought the heat to the bad guys while ribbing the cops and his clients doing the job with a good deal of sarcasm. His wealthy girlfriend Helen Asher had to bankroll more then one meal as she tryed (unsuccessfully) to woo him to the alter. The carefree diamond was having none of that so the romance goes on. The show usually featured a song at the end sung by Powell, a movie star known for light songs in the 1930's before his tough guy image was developed. It's 30 minutes of guns, fun & music. Listen to Richard Diamond Private Detective Monday through Friday on the Radio Theater Channel.
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