Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics

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1. The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu (1956– )
Episode: The Prisoner of Dr. Fu Manchu (1956)

30 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Dr. Fu Manchu has poisoned the renowned Dr. Hu Yan, who is to appear at a conference of the nations of the world, and replaced him with an impostor who will disrupt the conference's goal--a plan for world peace.

Director: Franklin Adreon | Stars: Glen Gordon, Lester Matthews, Clark Howat, Carla Balenda

Votes: 26

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek) on Disc 1 Side A

2. The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu (1956– )
Episode: The Death Ships of Dr. Fu Manchu (1956)

26 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Dr. Fu Manchu has stolen a deadly collection of germ cultures from a laboratory in San Francisco, and plans to smuggle them through the port of Hong Kong.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Glen Gordon, Lester Matthews, Clark Howat, Carla Balenda

Votes: 18

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

3. The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950–1952)
Episode: The Hanging Acrobat (1950)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ellery becomes involved in a murder investigation when he stops at a small, rural carnival.

Director: Don Richardson | Stars: Richard Hart, Sono Osato, Kurt Katch, Frank Tweddell

Votes: 17

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

4. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: The Cheney Vase (1955)

TV-14 | 25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When Lyle Endicott is fired from his job at an art museum, he comes up with a plan to take advantage of a trusting invalid whom he befriended at the museum.

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Patricia Collinge, Darren McGavin, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 677

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

5. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1962)

TV-14 | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A magician takes a simple-minded runaway under his wing. But the magician's wife has a sinister idea for the easily manipulated young man.

Director: Joseph Lejtes | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Diana Dors, Brandon De Wilde, David J. Stewart

Votes: 336

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

6. Rheingold Theatre (1953–1957)
Episode: Bulldog Drummond and 'The Ludlow Affair' (1957)

30 min | Drama

Bulldog Drummond is contacted by a Mrs Harriet Ludlow, wife of an old friend; her husband has invented a new antibiotic formula potentially worth a fortune, but he has been kidnapped and ... See full summary »

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Robert Beatty, Greta Gynt, Michael Ripper

Votes: 13

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

7. Burke's Law (1963–1966)
Episode: Who Killed Jason Shaw? (1964)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An extremely strange girl called Lucy Brewer finds a corpse in the shower. Burke's suspects include an old friend, a cultivator of unusual plants, a wine snob and the dead man's daughter - or is she?

Director: Stanley Z. Cherry | Stars: Gene Barry, Gary Conway, Regis Toomey, Leon Lontoc

Votes: 36

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

8. The Cases of Eddie Drake (1952– )
Episode: Shoot the Works (1952)

25 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A beautiful socialite hires Drake to recover a diamond studded watch that was stolen during a casino robbery.

Director: Paul Garrison | Stars: Lucia Carroll, Sidney Dubin, Shepard Menken, Whit Bissell

Votes: 14

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

9. Code 3 (1957– )
Episode: The Rookie Sheriff (1957)

30 min | Crime, Drama

A gung-ho rookie, recently arrived from Europe, causes trouble in the Academy and on duty due to his difficulty in understanding American laws and ways.

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Richard Travis, Peter van Eyck, Tom Brown, Peter Leeds

Votes: 14

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

10. Code 3 (1957– )
Episode: The Sniper (1957)

26 min | Crime, Drama

A sniper has been targeting and shooting women in the Los Angeles area, and so far has racked up seven victims. When the police investigate the sniper's latest shooting, they begin to ... See full summary »

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Richard Travis, Osa Massen, Ron Randell, Peter Adams

Votes: 11

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

11. Code 3 (1957– )
Episode: The Man with Many Faces (1957)

30 min | Crime, Drama

The dying daughter of a clerk wants to go to Honolulu before she dies. The clerk, knowing he'd never be able to afford it but wanting to give her what is her dying wish, begins forging checks to get the money for the trip.

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Richard Travis, Whit Bissell, Fredd Wayne, John Craven

Votes: 8

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

12. Code 3 (1957– )
Episode: The Benson Case (1957)

26 min | Crime, Drama

A female cop goes undercover in a women's jail, and her life is in danger when a hardened killer finds out that there's an undercover cop among the inmates and sets out to find out who she is.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Richard Travis, Joan Banks, Ann Doran, Carroll McComas

Votes: 13

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

13. The Court of Last Resort (1957–1958)
Episode: The Clarence Redding Case (1957)

Crime, Drama

In order to free Clarence Redding, a drifter accused of killing a teenage girl, the Court of Last resort must track down a man who has been killing a number of girls at another location - ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Lyle Bettger, Carleton G. Young, John Bleifer, Joseph Kearns

Votes: 10

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

15. The Court of Last Resort (1957–1958)
Episode: The John Smith Case (1957)

25 min | Crime, Drama

John Smith, an orphan turned transient, was accused of the murder of a friend who was also a bum and sent to prison for life. He is set free when it is discovered that his arresting officer... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Lyle Bettger, Paul Birch, Carleton G. Young, Charles Meredith

Votes: 7

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

17. Front Page Detective (1951–1953)
Episode: The Little Black Book (1951)

26 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Upon returning from two weeks of investigative reporting in Washington, David Chase discovers his room ransacked and a dead body lying in his closet. Before he can investigate, two thugs ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Wester | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Joe Besser, Jean Willes, James Craven

Votes: 10

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

18. Front Page Detective (1951–1953)
Episode: Murder Rides the Night Train (1951)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a notorious gangster is subpoenaed to testify before a Congressional committee, reporter David Chase takes the same train to get an exclusive interview and discovers that other criminals don't want the crook to appear

Director: Arnold Wester | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Lyle Talbot, John Sebastian, John Harmon

Votes: 10

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

19. Front Page Detective (1951–1953)
Episode: Seven Seas to Danger (1952)

26 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While researching a human interest story on the waterfront, David Chase stumbles upon a smuggling operation and is shot for his troubles.

Director: Arnold Wester | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Paula Drew, Kathryn Card, Lewis L. Russell

Votes: 7

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

20. Dick Tracy (1950–1952)
Episode: The Mole: Part 1 (1950)

30 min | Drama

Tracy and Catchem investigate the murder of a counterfeiter and trace the engraving plates to the lair of a hoodlum known only as 'The Mole'.

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Joe Devlin, Raymond Hatton, Lois Collier

Votes: 7

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

21. Dick Tracy (1950–1952)
Episode: The Mole: Part 2 (1950)

30 min | Drama

While the Mole hires a crook to run his counterfeiter operation, Dick Tracy draws his net around the gangster's operation. The Mole orders two of gunsels to capture and kill the detective.

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Joe Devlin, Raymond Hatton, Lois Collier

Votes: 8

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

22. Dick Tracy (1950–1952)
Episode: Dick Tracy and Flattop (1950)

24 min | Drama

Tracy is kidnapped from his home by Flattop, who in turn tells Namgib he will kill Tracy if he is paid $50,000. Tracy escapes however, and takes Flattop out.

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Joe Devlin, John Cliff, George Pembroke

Votes: 10

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

23. Dick Tracy (1950–1952)
Episode: Hi-Jack (1951)

Not Rated | 25 min | Drama

Tracy and Catchem investigate a series of car thefts and discover a gang who specialize in changing the appearance and serial numbers of the vehicles they've stolen.

Director: Will Sheldon | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Joe Devlin, Mike Ragan, Ward Blackburn

Votes: 12

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

24. Dick Tracy (1950–1952)
Episode: Dick Tracy meets Heels Beals (1951)

24 min | Drama

Two jewel thieves hire out as furniture movers to gain access to the homes of the rich.

Director: Thomas Carr | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Joe Devlin, Isabel Randolph, William 'Billy' Benedict

Votes: 9

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

25. Dick Tracy (1950–1952)
Episode: Shaky's Secret Treasure (1950)

Not Rated | 24 min | Drama

A criminal recently released from prison searches for the loot he hid before being incarcerated with Dick Tracy watching his every step.

Director: Thomas Carr | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Joe Devlin, Dabbs Greer, Lois Hall

Votes: 13

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

26. Man with a Camera (1958–1960)
Episode: Two Strings of Pearls (1958)

26 min | Crime, Drama

Mike agrees to cover a garden party in Rome and meets a woman who is using a different name than when first encountered each other on a trans-Atlantic flight four years earlier. Mike learns... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Charles Bronson, Audrey Dalton, King Calder, Alberto Morin

Votes: 36

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

27. Man with a Camera (1958–1960)
Episode: Missing (1959)

26 min | Crime, Drama

When a police officer's wife goes missing, Mike believes the woman was abducted when she accidentally became involved with smugglers at the Mexican border.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr. | Stars: Charles Bronson, Steve Brodie, Wendell Holmes, Robert Christopher

Votes: 17

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

28. Decoy (1957– )
Episode: To Trap a Thief (1957)

26 min | Drama, Crime

To solve a baffling armed robbery case, Casey assumes the identity of a blackmailer, then acts as an intermediary between the victim and the "perpetrator".

Director: Teddy Sills | Stars: Beverly Garland, Frank Overton, Mary James, George Mitchell

Votes: 30

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

29. Decoy (1957– )
Episode: High Swing (1958)

26 min | Drama, Crime

Casey goes undercover to befriend a seemingly benign elderly couple who are actually plotting a series of muggings and robberies.

Director: David Alexander | Stars: Beverly Garland, Albert Dekker, Edith Atwater, Len Wayland

Votes: 22

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

30. Decoy (1957– )
Episode: The Sound of Tears (1958)

26 min | Drama, Crime

After a man is shot to death in the park, it is determined the bullets came from a gun he had given to his fiancée. Her pet Daschund was also seen at the crime scene. An employee of the ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: Beverly Garland, Suzanne Pleshette, Molly McCarthy, Muriel Kirkland

Votes: 15

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

31. Decoy (1957– )
Episode: Night Light (1958)

26 min | Drama, Crime

Casey goes undercover to recover a stolen ruby necklace before it can be fenced. Her investigation leads to an ex-convict who is inadvertently leading his teenage son into a life of crime because of the youngster's love for his father.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Beverly Garland, Martin Balsam, Martin Wolfson, Pug Flanagan

Votes: 18

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

32. Decoy (1957– )
Episode: Fiesta at Midnight (1958)

26 min | Drama, Crime

Newly arrived in New York, a young Puerto Rican man is arrested for robbery and assault. He claims to have been with two women at the time of the theft, but one won't identify him and the other can't be found.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Beverly Garland, Gloria Marlowe, Tomas Milian, Dario Barrie

Votes: 18

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

33. Decoy (1957– )
Episode: The Come Back (1958)

26 min | Drama, Crime

When a roll of blank parimutuel tickets are stolen from a race track, Casey attempts to convince the gang responsible that she's a cop on the take who can help them pass the counterfeit ducats through crooks she's blackmailing.

Director: David Alexander | Stars: Beverly Garland, Harold Huber, Peter Falk, Ed Bryce

Votes: 17

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

34. The Shadow (1954 TV Short)

Not Rated | 25 min | Short, Adventure

Lamont Cranston, a psychiatrist on retainer to the police department, is asked to assist in the Case of the Cotton Kimono murder investigation. Lamont and his girlfriend Margot Lane are not... See full summary »

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Tom Helmore, Paula Raymond, Frank M. Thomas, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 26

The Shadow: The Case of the Cotton Kimono Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek) on Disc 3 Side A

35. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Cast (1952)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Friday begins to question Henry Ross, a suspect in a man's disappearance, which Friday believes is actually a murder. Ross coolly and calmly denies any involvement in the disappearance, but... See full summary »

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Barney Phillips, Lee Marvin, George Fenneman

Votes: 62

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

36. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big September Man (1952)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Someone murdered a secretary late at night in her office. She was beaten to death with a metal pipe wrapped in newspaper. Could it be the drunk found three blocks away beating his head against a wall?

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Barney Phillips, Stacy Harris, George Sawaya

Votes: 50

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

37. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Phone Call (1952)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Friday and Jacobs question a jeweler regarding the robbery of a colleague. The man takes offense at being questioned about the incident, but as the detectives begin to amass evidence, the ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Barney Phillips, Vic Perrin, George Fenneman

Votes: 42

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

38. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Casing (1952)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Friday and Jacobs are called to the apartment of a man who phoned in the fatal shooting of his wife. He claims it was suicide, but upon looking at the crime scene and talking to neighbors they begin to wonder if it was murder.

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Barney Phillips, Harry Bartell, Herbert Butterfield

Votes: 28

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

39. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Seventeen (1952)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Upper middle-class teenagers in Los Angeles are going crazy. They trash a movie theater, beating up the manager and pushing a young man through a plate glass window. Sergeant Friday must get to the bottom of what is causing this to happen.

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Herbert Ellis, Allene Roberts, Willis Bouchey

Votes: 53

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

40. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas (1952)

Not Rated | 26 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Friday and Smith search for a missing boy. The first sign that the case is serious is when blood is found. Further probing reveals the boy's parents had purchased him a .22-caliber rifle ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Herbert Ellis, William Johnstone, June Whitley Taylor

Votes: 45

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

41. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Grandma (1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Friday and Jacobs look for an elderly woman who has been passing bad checks just three different months a year for nearly 10 years.

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Gwen Delano, Bert Holland

Votes: 24

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

42. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Show (1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A lady reports an abandoned baby at a bus depot. Officers Friday and Smith investigate, and realize her story doesn't quite hold water.

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Virginia Gregg, Clarence Cassell

Votes: 38

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

43. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Break (1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Friday leads a team in a raid on the house of a very dangerous armed robber, which results in a bloody shootout.

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Clarence Cassell, Eddie Firestone

Votes: 38

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

44. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Betty (1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A gang of con artists checks the obituary section of the daily newspaper, then uses the information they gather to prey on the grief-stricken families of those who have recently died.

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Gloria Saunders, Allene Roberts

Votes: 46

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

45. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Little Jesus (1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

It's Christmas Eve when Father Rojas at the Old Mission Plaza Church in Los Angeles discovers that the statue of the Infant Jesus is stolen from the crib. The statue's worth is only a few ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Harry Bartell, Joe Carioca Jr.

Votes: 48

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

46. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Boys (1954)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Friday and Smith receive a bulletin about an armed four-man gang, two of whom are army deserters, who have committed a series of robberies and auto thefts in San Francisco and are on their way to Los Angeles.

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Harry Bartell, Peter Leeds

Votes: 41

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

47. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Shoplift (1954)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

There seems to be a lot of recent theft at retail stores in the city, and Jack Webb and his partner are on the case. The detectives question a salesperson from a big department store ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Peggy Webber, Allene Roberts

Votes: 36

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

48. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Hit-Run Killer (1954)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A truck kills an old lady and her little grandson at a crossing and drives away. The owner of the truck asserts that he let a man called Paul lend the truck for one hour, but he doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, James Anderson, Walter Reed

Votes: 39

Included on Best of TV Detectives 150 Television Classics (Mill Creek)

49. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Girl (1954)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery