EP1925: Richard Diamond: The Betty Moran Case

Dick Powell

A wealthy woman kills a man who blackmails her and then is shot herself. The police believe it was a murder-suicide, but her husband thinks otherwise and hires Diamond to find her Blackmailer’s partner.

Original Air Date: May 29, 1949

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  1 comment for “EP1925: Richard Diamond: The Betty Moran Case”

  1. Timbabwe
    June 29, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Google uncovered half of the ‘half-safe’ joke.
    It was the slogan for Arrid Deodorant in the 40s & 50s.
    Some products include a deororant OR an anti-perspirant; Arrid had both.

    From Wikipedia:
    During the 1940s and ’50s, its famous slogan was “Don’t be half-safe—use Arrid to be sure”, which gave rise to Half-Safe, the name of the amphibious vehicle which Ben Carlin used to circumnavigate the world in the mid 20th century.

    The story of the Half-Safe’s journey began shortly after this episode aired, so there is no connection (but it does look like an interesting story in itself).

    So, “…homicide’s answer to the missing link” “What was that last word?” “You’re half-safe … I said link.”
    Diamond (or more correctly, Blake Edwards) used the ‘half-safe’ catchphrase, as had Jack Benny and others.
    But why “Missing Link” as the set-up? Is there yet another common phrase of the form
    “Missing ____” that sounds like “link” that is also insulting? I don’t know. Missing Fink? Missing Stink?

    This remains the missing link to deconstructing this joke.

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