Created by Blake Edwards, RichardDiamond, Private Detective came to NBC Radio in 1949, starring film actorand crooner Dick Powell. Powell had recently played Philip Marlowe in thepopular RKO film Murder, My Sweet andjumped at the chance to play a suave detective on the radio. Diamond was a lighthearted,New York–based private eye who enjoyed ribbing the cops and singing songs tohis millionaire girlfriend, Helen Asher. Its theme, “Leave It to Love,” waswhistled by Powell at the beginning of each episode.
Powell’s production company, Four Star Television,produced a version of RichardDiamond, Private Detective for CBS in 1957. The lead role went to David Janssen, who would later gain fame as Dr.Richard Kimble on The Fugitive. Sam, Diamond’s beautiful secretary, was onlyever shown from the waist down. Those beautiful legs belonged to Mary TylerMoore, as well as other actresses.
Episodes include “The Ralph Chase Case,” “The StolenPurse and Counterfeit Ring,” “The Betty Moran Case,” “The Rene Benay ProtectionCase,” “The John Blackwell Case,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Doug Saxon Case,” “Timothythe Seal,” “The Elaine Tanner Case,” “The Jewel Thief,” “The Cop Killer,” and“The Louis Spence Case.”