The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)
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Who Killed Julie Greer? 

Amos Burke is an L.A. cop who's inherited millions and usually arrives at crime scenes in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce. Investigating the death of actress Julie Greer, he finds lots of suspects - but the killer's identity surprises him.

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Frank D. Gilroy (as Frank Gilroy)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Self - Host / Inspector Amos Burke
Nick Adams ... George Townsend
Ralph Bellamy ... Judge Hansen
Edgar Bergen ... Dr. Coombs
Lloyd Bridges ... Joe Montana
Jack Carson ... Fairchild
Carolyn Jones ... Julie Greer
Ronald Reagan ... Rex Kent
Mickey Rooney ... Mike Zampini
Kay Thompson ... Mrs. Pierce
Dean Jones ... 'Phil Winslow'
Edward Platt ... Joe Nolan
Will J. White ... Langsner
John Damler ... Lester Hart
Elaine Devry ... Miss Lawrence
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Amos Burke is an L.A. cop who's inherited millions and usually arrives at crime scenes in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce. Investigating the death of actress Julie Greer, he finds lots of suspects - but the killer's identity surprises him.

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When this first episode was turned into the popular "Burke's Law (1963)" series two years later, there were a few changes made, although Leon Lontoc retained his role as Henry, the chauffeur. Amos Burke, an inspector in this story, was promoted to captain for the series (making it unlikely that he would be involved in hands-on murder investigations, rather than administration), whilst Detective Les Hart, a very minor figure here, became a regular sidekick as well as a much older man. Most noticeable as a difference is that, in this original Amos Burke story, Burke has no philosophical apothegms to utter, and never uses the phrase, "Burke's Law!". See more »

Crazy Credits

Although listed as 'The Dick Powell Theatre', the actual TV movie title is shown as 'The Dick Powell Show'. See more »

Connections

Version of Burke's Law (1963) See more »

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Pilot for Burke's Law
28 April 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It might have been interesting had Dick Powell lived another decade and actually starred in Burke's Law on a weekly basis. He's still the millionaire cop that we grew to know in the mid 60s where I think Gene Barry was a far more elegant figure than Powell was in the pilot. Even though Powell was dead his Four Star Television production company produced Burke's Law.

Only Leon Lontoc repeated his role as Henry the chauffeur in the television series. The two cop sidekicks here instead of Gary Conway and Regis Toomey are Dean Jones and Edward Platt.

The format is the same as Amos Burke millionaire homicide detective catches the case and then gets driven to interview the various persons of interest that come up in the investigation. Those are the guest stars in every show and the show did have some name people. In this pilot Carolyn Jones, model and dancer, who was involved with several men is the victim of strangulation.

In the introduction Powell says that in this show several old and new Hollywood friends appear. A new friend might be Dean Jones who would get his own series with Four Star, Ensign O'Toole shortly. An old friend would be Ronald Reagan who plays an old time western star now with a new lease on life via television. Reagan was quoted that as a young contract player with Warner Brothers the best friends he made on that lot were Pat O'Brien and Dick Powell. Others in the show are Kay Thompson, Nick Adams, Edgar Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, and Jack Carson.

As for the mystery it's a good one. You won't figure this one out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1961 (USA) See more »

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Four Star Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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