The Plaid Overcoat Case (Aired December 28, 1951)
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).
December 28, 1951. ABC network. "Plaid Overcoat Case"
. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert tobacco. Who is the guy in the plaid overcoat, and why does he keep beating up on Diamond? Dick sings, "I Get Ideas" after the story. Alan Reed, Herb Butterfield, Sidney Miller, Richard Carr (writer), Nat Wolff (director), Dick Powell, Sheldon Leonard, Virginia Gregg, Sandra Gould, Frank Worth (music). 34:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.