Several attempts have been made to kill industrialist Julian Tyler. But the attempts have failed, and Tyler merely sees them as unfortunate accidents. His wife, however, hired Richard ... See full summary »

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Several attempts have been made to kill industrialist Julian Tyler. But the attempts have failed, and Tyler merely sees them as unfortunate accidents. His wife, however, hired Richard Diamond as bodyguard when Julian plans to attend an important board meeting. Diamond has to use every trick in the book to not only outwit Tyler, who is a passionate chess player, but to cross a devious murder plot... Written by Jasper P. Morgan

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19 August 1957 (USA)  »

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Enjoyable but the ending was a bit unsatisfying.
3 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Chess Player" and "Picture of Fear" are two episodes of "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" that I found on Netflix. However, few other shows from this series are currently available and I have no idea if they ever will be. It's a shame, as I did enjoy the two I just saw. I did, however, find two more episodes for free download at archive.org. But considering that the show aired for four seasons, this is a tiny fraction of what SHOULD be available.

This episode begins with a man nearly getting killed. He insists it's only an accident--his wife insists someone is trying to kill him. So, on the sly, she hired Diamond to be a shadow body guard. In other words, hang out with her stubborn husband and don't let him know he's being protected! But, the stubborn old guy is a bit of a misanthrope--and getting to know him will be impossible unless Diamond engages the man in a chess game--something the guy adores but a game about which Diamond knows little. I guess it's time for him to learn and learn fast! I enjoyed this episode and it had an interesting sense of humor. However, I only gave it a 7 because the ending was pretty poor. Who the killer was and why made little sense to me. See it and let me know what you think.


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