The stakes are high when Richard Diamond goes up against a gang of con men who use a fake bookie's office as a set-up to trick wealthy suckers and make thousands of dollars. But what the ... See full summary »

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The stakes are high when Richard Diamond goes up against a gang of con men who use a fake bookie's office as a set-up to trick wealthy suckers and make thousands of dollars. But what the con men don't count on is the fact that they, too, can be played for suckers, and that Richard Diamond is a Private Eye with a few tricks up his sleeve... Written by Jasper P. Morgan

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12 August 1957 (USA)  »

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shades of The Sting
15 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This one was a lot of fun. It was filmed 16 years before The Sting, otherwise I would have said that this was based on that movie. More likely, the plots for both this and the 1973 film were inspired by The Big Con, written by David Maurer and published in 1940.

"Richard Diamond, Private Detective" itself is quite the stylish show. So this story is a great fit. Diamond plays the mark and he's trying to catch the con men, who conned his client out of $25,000. The meeting takes place aboard a train. The actual con takes place inside a New York hotel and involves a phony off-track betting parlor with the race announcer sitting in a different room. Diamond had called the police the night before, telling them to raid the "horse room." But the con men get a tip that Diamond could be a cop, so they move up the betting race and Diamond's left on his own without police protection for an hour.

The Sting is one of my favorite movies of all time and certainly The Sting is better than The Big Score. But the condensed version of this plot fits well into this half hour show. The only misstep is the race announcer – he didn't have a good voice or the cadence for it. Otherwise, this was really enjoyable!


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