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George Harmon Coxe's character Casey (aka "Flash" Casey) first appeared in the dime pulp Black Mask in the spring of 1934. The character proved extremely popular and stories would continue there until 1943 and continue on into 21 novels. See more »
'Crime Photographer' had an interesting pedigree. The character began as
'Flashgun Casey' in a series of crime stories in the pulp magazine 'Black
Mask' (the same magazine that originally published 'The Maltese Falcon').
Casey was a two-fisted photographer for the Boston Express newspaper:
talkative, pugnacious, with an unlimited capacity for alcohol. The character
was cleaned up somewhat for radio as 'Casey, Crime Photographer', which
itself became the basis of this tv series.
For television, Casey's beat was transferred from Boston to Manhattan ...
probably because that's where US television production was centred at the
time. This change had no payoff, as there was never any attempt to play
Casey against actual New York locations. Every episode took place in a
generic 'big city', vaguely noir. Like Peter Gunn (a similar character in a
much better series), Casey was a jazz aficionado who spent his time propping
up a bar. Casey's favoured watering hole was the Blue Note Cafe, ostensibly
The episodes were told in flashback format, with Casey wearily narrating his
latest exploit to the bartender, a standard tough-guy type with the unlikely
name Ethelbert. The flashback format had its disadvantages, as we start off
every episode knowing that Casey has come out alive. But this was a useful
budget-saving device, as Casey's voice-over narration easily bridged gaps in
Casey worked solo in the early episodes; his newsbeat was now for the New
York 'Morning Express'. Eventually, the scriptwriters added Express reporter
Ann Williams as his girlfriend, followed by cub reporter Jack Lipman as
Casey's sidekick. Naturally, Casey's exploits frequently found him at cross
purposes to the police, in the form of Captain Logan. Since Casey solves
every crime in town single-handed, it's no wonder the cops don't like
'Crime Reporter' was a bog-standard tough-guy crime drama: the bartender's
name 'Ethelbert' was the most unusual and imaginative aspect of this show.
All of Casey's traits (his jaded attitude, his capacity for booze and
cigarettes, his fondness for jazz, his antipathy for the police) were shared
by several other fictional detectives. Expert actress Jan Miner, not
especially good-looking, brought a welcome cynicism to her role as the 'news
Matters were not helped by the producers' decision (two months into the
show's run) to recast the two main roles of Casey and Ethelbert, although
Darren McGavin (as Casey for most of this show's run) was a distinct
improvement over the short-lived Richard Carlyle. The single most
interesting thing about this series is that it was an early assignment for
the young Sidney Lumet, just beginning to demonstrate his versatility and
style as a director. 'Crime Photographer' is not worth re-releasing on
video. Casey was simply too similar to several other thick-ear
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