A bookie that Lt. Kile has been after stages a picture of Kile in a compromising position. He threatens to send the picture to Kile's wife. Kile needs Diamond's help.





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Episode cast overview:
Nate Muro
Claudia Reed
Buddy Lewis ...
Jeff Stark
Roxane Brooks ...
Sam (as 'Sam')


A bookie that Lt. Kile has been after stages a picture of Kile in a compromising position. He threatens to send the picture to Kile's wife. Kile needs Diamond's help.

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19 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Richard Diamond: A thing like this could happen to anybody. Get a little stoned. Meet a pretty girl.
Lt. Pete Kile: Well, you believe it?
Richard Diamond: Pete, I know enough about photography to know that's not a paste-up. It's not a gimmick.
Lt. Pete Kile: [Gets up to leave] Sorry I got you up, Diamond. Forget I called.
Richard Diamond: Pete. Come on, sit down, will ya?
[Kile sits back down]
Richard Diamond: Let's have a cup of coffee and talk about it.
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Neat 50's Detective show
31 January 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE – "The Bookie"- 1959. This one is from the 1957 to 1960 P.I. series that starred David Janssen as, Private Investigator, Richard Diamond. The series ran for a total of 77 episodes.

Police Detective Russ Conway is in trouble and needs the help of buddy P.I. David Janssen. It seems that Conway, while on a case, had been given a mickey finn. He woke up the next day in the back seat of a car out in the middle of nowhere.

When Conway gets back to the squad room, he finds an envelope with some risqué photos of him and a less than fully clothed woman. Conway figures it is bookie Ross Martin doing the dirty on him. Conway is getting close to closing down Martin's operation and Martin knows it.

Janssen agrees to help and hits a few of his contacts. That is after he calls his message service. Other than a wicked set of legs, we never get to see the babe (Mary Tyler Moore) who gives him his messages.

While talking to contact Buddy Lewis, Janssen is set upon by John Ruskin. Ruskin works for Martin and warns Janssen off or he will be taken down as well. Needless to say this just makes Janssen all the more determined to solve the case.

Janssen manages to track down the woman, Merry Anders, from the blackmail photos. Janssen soon has her singing like a bird about her part in the scam. Janssen heads back to tell Conway the good news.

Bookie Martin however has a back-up plan. While Conway had been knocked out, Martin had lifted Conway's service pistol. This pistol is now used in a killing and left in plain sight. It looks like Conway's goose is getting cooked.

Our man Janssen though, has other thoughts on the matter. He storms into Martin's office and proceeds to beat a confession out of Martin. This, along with Anders coming clean about her part in the deal, clears Conway of any possible charges.

The director was, Thomas Carr. The d of p was Carl E. Guthrie. Guthrie is well known in film noir circles as the cinematographer on such films as, THIS SIDE OF THE LAW, DEATH IN SMALL DOSES, THE TATTERED DRESS, GIRLS IN THE NIGHT, IRON MAN, CAGED, STORM WARNING, BACKFIRE, UNDERCOVER GIRL, FLAXY MARTIN and HIGHWAY 301. (b/w)

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