Richard Diamond: Who Shot the Messenger

Dick Powell

Diamond finds a messenger dead on his doorstep.

Original Air Date: April 19, 1950

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EP2158: Inspector Thorne: The Two Fiancées Murder Case

Staats Cotsworth

An arrogant Broadway star holds a party where both women he’s engaged to attend and they find out about each other. Twenty minutes later, the star was murdered.

Original Air Date: September 13, 1951

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EP2157: Night Beat: Marty

Frank Lovejoy

While looking for a story, Randy meets a six-year-old boy looking for his mother with a $100 bill in his hands.

Original Air Date: July 3, 1950

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Video Theater 106: Richard Diamond: Escape from Oak Lane

A man leaving in town hires Diamond to serve as escort for his troubled wife. She runs away from dinner suddenly.

Season 1, Episode 3

Original Air Date: July 15, 1957

Movie Review: My Gun is Quick (1956)


My Gun is Quick stars Robert Bray as Mike Hammer, Mickey Spillane’s hardest of hard boiled private eyes. Hammer comes to the defense of a prostitute being beaten and gives her money to get home on. When he finds out later that she was murdered, Hammer sets out to find the killer.

The film is obviously low budget but competently made, with solid direction and editing. The less expensive production actually helps creates a gritty Noir feel.

Robert Bray was strangely given an “introducing” credit when he’d been appearing in films for fourteen years. However, he is a solid Mike Hammer. I’m not a huge fan of Mike Hammer, but I was pleased with Bray’s portrayal. He portrays Hammer as a rough character, but still makes him feel sympathetic and human as he goes about his journey as he cuts through the underworld to unravel this mystery which he takes on as a personal crusade.

The rest of the cast is mostly unknowns. The biggest name I recognized in this was Patricia Donahue, who played a bar girl in this and would later play Lucy Hamiltion in the Michael Shayne TV series. Despite the lack of star power, the cast turns in mostly solid performances.

Overall, the film is worth watching for fans of Mike Hammer, or those looking for a solid Noir film. It is available either as a DVD or for instant viewing through Amazon.com and can be watched by Amazon prime members for free.

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