E CASES OF EDDIE DRAKE
March 6, 1952 thru May 29, 1952
The Cases Of Eddie Drake is a filmed half-hour detective series, that ran for 13 episodes in 1952. Nine of those episodes were originally produced in 1949 by CBS but never aired on that network. The DuMont Network bought the nine filmed episodes and produced four more episodes in 1952.
Eddie Drake was your typical hardboiled PI of the time, from his attitude to his roving eye for anything in a skirt. Eddie shared the details of his cases with beautiful Dr. Karen Gayle, perhaps television’s first psychologist. She was writing a book about criminal behavior and wanted the point of view of a hardboiled PI. After nine episodes, Dr. Joan Wright replaced Dr. Gayle.
The series stars Don Haggerty as Eddie Drake, a private eye from New York, and (in the DuMont episodes) Patricia Morison as Karen, his assistant.
BECAUSE MOST OF THE ORIGINAL DUMONT NETWORK FILMS WERE DESTROYED IN THE 1970's - ONLY TWO EPISODES OF THIS SHOW ARE KNOWN TO STILL EXIST. THOSE EPISODE ARE BEING OFFERED IN THIS LISTING:
THE BRASS KEY
Drake finds his life in danger when a confessed murderer gives him a key
and envelope to hold.
SHOOT THE WORKS
Drake is hired to recover a diamond brooch taken from her during a holdup at a gambling house
These episodes are in the PUBLIC DOMAIN and were originally transferred from the original films. This does not mean the episodes are pristine, just that they are complete and as originally shown in the 1950’s. The quality varies episode to episode due to the age and condition of the original films and the transfer process from film to video tape to DVD. Most of the original DuMont Network films and kinescopes were destroyed in the 1970's. Those that remain are rare and highly sought be collectors. This collection is offered to collectors who know the rarity of this series and can appreciate the quality as the best available, although not 2012 quality.
These are custom made DVDs not available commercially.
All DVDs come with menus with episode titles for easy episode access.