Bourbon Street Beat: Season 1, Episode 1

The Taste of Ashes (5 Oct. 1959)

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Rex Randolph discovers his partner has died, the police dismiss the case as a simple suicide, but Randolph is convinced far more is at stake. Working his way through the social elite of ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Arlene Howell ...
Melody Lee Mercer
Karen Delastone
Fredd Wayne ...
Lt. Fontaine
Karl Weber ...
Ira Groat
Eddie Cole ...
The Baron
Isobel Elsom ...
Serena Delastone
Martha Delastone
Linda Jelkins
David Leland ...
Kelton Garwood ...
Beauregarde O'Hanlon
Danielle Aubry ...


Rex Randolph discovers his partner has died, the police dismiss the case as a simple suicide, but Randolph is convinced far more is at stake. Working his way through the social elite of Pelican Bay he does uncover a truth no one expected and picks up a new partner for his business along the way. Written by

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5 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Great start to a great series
11 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode opens in a hotel room in Pelican Point, a town near New Orleans. A man, identified by the police as a private investigator, is dead from a gun shot wound. Lt. Fontaine who comes across as either dumb or lazy determines that the man committed suicide even when the other investigator, Cal Calhoun, points out that the gun is several feet away from the body. Fontaine casually kicks the gun next to the body. Back in New Orleans, Rex Randolph's partner's wife tells Rex that her husband, Sam Jelkins, is missing and the last she heard was that he was going to Pelican Point. Rex then goes in search of his partner and finds that he was the murdered man. It becomes apparent that the corrupt Lt. Fontaine is trying to cover up the murder of Jelkins at the behest of the local bigwig matriarch Mrs. Delastone. Mrs. Delastone is an arrogant and willful woman with two daughters who she doesn't care much for; it seems all of her motherly love was for her son, now deceased. It also comes out that Mrs. Delastone was being blackmailed. In a low key way, Calhoun assists Rex with the investigation and at episode's end becomes Rex's new partner. The cast is stellar especially Richard Long as Rex Randolph and Andrew Duggan as Cal Calhoun. But what makes the show standout is that it wonderfully conveys that the setting is in New Orleans - from the characters' Southern accents (albeit in some cases very slight), the characters' mannerisms, the music, the food. Absolutely great. The bad news is that the series lasted only one season but at least back then there were 39 episodes in a season.

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