Richard Diamond, Private Detective: Season 2, Episode 8

Rodeo (20 Feb. 1958)

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Ed Murdock is a hot-headed rodeo star. When someone sabotages his equipment, he attacks who he thinks is responsible. It seems someone is out to get him but Murdock doesn't seem willing to ... See full summary »

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Barbara Baxley ...
Marcy Murdock
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Charles Decker
John Compton ...
Bud Lee
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Ed Murdock is a hot-headed rodeo star. When someone sabotages his equipment, he attacks who he thinks is responsible. It seems someone is out to get him but Murdock doesn't seem willing to think through the problem...he just wants to hit someone. So, Richard Diamond agrees to stick with Murdock and keep him out of trouble and possibly save his life. Written by Martin Hafer

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Very similar to "The Chess Player"
4 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

After some looking, I have been able to find a grand total of five episodes of "Richard Diamond, Private Detective"--and the series went on for four seasons. A few episodes are available on cheap DVDs and several more can be downloaded for free from archive.org--making just five shows. However, and this is odd, the plot to "Rodeo" is very, very similar to another one of the existing Diamond episodes, "The Chess Player". While they seem very different through much of the show, the endings turned out to be nearly identical (though a tad better).

The show begins with a hot-headed rodeo star, Ed Murdock (Lee Van Cleef), getting angry and attacking one of his competitors--accusing him of sabotaging his equipment. Well, the equipment was tampered with--but by whom, no one really knows. So, Richard Diamond is brought in to hang around with Murdock to keep him out of trouble and protect him. However, in a really dumb move, at the end of the evening, Murdock tells Diamond he can go home--he's going to bed. It's a bad move because Murdock and his wife change their minds and soon go out--and then someone shoots and kills Murdock. While this sounds like Diamond did a crappy job, he was being set up. Why? This is a reasonably satisfying show that is hampered by me having just seen "The Chess Player" the night before! Still, it's well made and worth seeing--especially to get a glimpse at Van Cleef as well as Dan Blocker in his pre-"Bonanza" days.


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