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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Edmund Lowe is the Reason to Watch!!

6/10
Author: kidboots from Australia
26 March 2013

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Based on stories from the popular "Front Page Detective" magazine which featured lurid covers often involving scantily clad girls, this early TV show premiered in 1951. Edmund Lowe, always a much sought after actor due to his breezy charm and debonair ways was offered the part of David Chase, an amateur detective who also writes a syndicated newspaper column, at an age when most actors were retiring.

Unfortunately Lowe is the only reason to watch this pretty cheaply made series. His suaveness and professionalism often show up the amateurish over acting of the others on the show. "The Little Black Book", which delves into gambling secrets and "Murder Rides the Night Train" seems to be awash with thick and phoney accents although the latter episode does have Lyle Talbot as a gangster and Angelo Rossito as the vengeance crazed brother of one the body guards.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Nothing Special, but not bad

7/10
Author: Lame-Username-1234 from Australia
10 January 2010

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I recently viewed an episode of this series called "Alibi for suicide". Production values are fair but a bit lacking, the script is fun and most of the cast acted well. In the episode, a man's wife commits suicide and tries to make it seem that he and his girlfriend killed her. It seems the man had wanted a divorce but the wife wouldn't let him do it. The episode runs about 25 minutes. The method in which the detective proves their innocence is among the strangest I've ever seen in a crime-drama. Unrealistic, maybe, but that hardly hurts the show. I hope to see more episodes of this series. Who knew bad manners could prove someone innocent?

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