The Juice Bar Murder Case (08-09-53
Dick Powell starred in the Richard Diamond, Private Detective radio series as a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen (Virginia Gregg). It began airing on NBC on April 24, 1949, picked up Rexall as a sponsor on April 5, 1950, and continued until December 6, 1950. The shows were written by Blake Edwards. Its theme, "Leave It to Love", was whistled by Powell at the beginning of each episode. With Camel cigarettes as a sponsor, it moved to ABC from January 5, 1951, to June 29, 1951, with Rexall returning for a run from October 5, 1951, until June 27, 1952. Substituting for Amos 'n' Andy, it aired Sunday evenings on CBS from May 31, 1953 until September 20, 1953. Because Dick Powell was known for musical comedies prior to his appearance as Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler's Murder, My Sweet (1944) and because he was a detective who sang in Richard Diamond, Private Eye, some regard this radio series as an influence on the character of Philip E. Marlow (Michael Gambon) in Dennis Potter's Chandleresque The Singing Detective (1986).
August 9, 1953. CBS network. "The Juice Bar Murder Case"
. Sponsored by: Rexall. A guy dies in Diamond's office with an ice pick in his back. He moans "Juice Bar" as he expires. Dick sings, "La Vie En Rose" after the story. This is a network, sponsored version. This is a rebroadcast of the program of July 12, 1950. Dick Powell, Bill Forman (announcer), Harvey Easton (writer), Frank Worth (composer, conductor), Virginia Gregg, William Conrad, Jay Novello, Dan O'Herlihy, Arthur Q. Bryan, Wilms Herbert, Jaime del Valle (transcriber). 30:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.