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Bourbon Street Beat

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Bourbon Street Beat
Greeting bourbon logo.jpg
Created byCharles Hoffman
StarringRichard Long
Andrew Duggan
Arlene Howell
Van Williams
Theme music composerMack David and
Jerry Livingston
ComposersJack Halloran, arranger
Michael Heindorf
Howard Jackson
Frank Perkins
Paul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes39 (list of episodes)
Executive producerWilliam T. Orr
ProducersCharles Hoffman
Harry Tatelman
Jerry Davis
Oren W. Haglund (Production manager)
Gordon Bau (make-up)
Production locationCalifornia
EditorJames C. Moore
Running time60 minutes
Production companyWarner Bros. Television Division
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Division
Original networkABC
Picture format1.33 : 1 monochrome
Audio formatmonaural
Original releaseOctober 5, 1959 (1959-10-05) –
July 4, 1960 (1960-07-04)
Followed bySurfside 6
Related shows77 Sunset Strip
Hawaiian Eye

Bourbon Street Beat is a private detective television series that aired on the ABC network from October 5, 1959, to July 4, 1960, starring Richard Long as Rex Randolph and Andrew Duggan as Cal Calhoun, with Arlene Howell as detective agency secretary Melody Lee Mercer and Van Williams as Kenny Madison.[1]

Randolph and Calhoun — Special Services was based in the Absinthe House, a French Quarter nightclub on the title street. The firm's telephone number was EXpress 7123. The show's theme, "Bourbon Street Beat", was composed by Mack David and Jerry Livingston.[2]


The series was one of several Warner Bros. detective shows which aired on ABC during this era, but Bourbon Street Beat was not as successful as the others. When the series ended, the character of Rex Randolph moved to 77 Sunset Strip for a year, joining the L.A.-based detective firm of Bailey & Spencer for the 1960-61 season. The character of Kenny Madison moved to the spin-off Surfside 6, which aired in the Bourbon Street Beat time slot the following season. Set in Miami, this show lasted through mid-1962. Andrew Duggan's character, Cal Calhoun, was later seen on a 1962 episode of 77 Sunset Strip; it was established that he quit the P.I. business and returned to being a member of the New Orleans police force.


Arlene Howell had appeared several times on 1957's western series Maverick, sometimes as a semi-regular character "Cindy Lou Brown," and was a former Miss USA; she appears to have retired from the screen after a last appearance as an understandably astonished Sergeant Carter's blind date on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.. Richard Long went on to play the lead in the western series The Big Valley (1965–69) and the sitcom Nanny and the Professor (1970–71). Van Williams eventually played The Green Hornet (1966–67) opposite Bruce Lee. Andrew Duggan continued to portray an amazing number of character roles in films and television, including two other stints as series lead, taking over Cary Grant's movie role in the short-lived television version of Room for One More (1962), and as the sullen patriarch in Lancer (1968–70), a western in the vein of Bonanza, albeit darker and more complex.

Main Cast: Andrew Duggan, Arlene Howell, Van Williams and Richard Long in Bourbon Street Beat
Main Cast: Andrew Duggan, Arlene Howell, Van Williams and Richard Long in Bourbon Street Beat


Richard Long as Rex Randolph
Andrew Duggan as Cal Calhoun
Arlene Howell as Melody Lee Mercer
Van Williams as Kenny Madison
Eddie Cole as The Baron (twelve episodes)
Tommy Farrell as Jay O'Hanlon (seven episodes)
Nita Talbot as Lusti Weather (four episodes)

Guest stars

The following are among the many guest stars on the single season of Bourbon Street Beat:


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Taste of Ashes"Leslie H. MartinsonStory by: Howard Browne, Teleplay by: Charles Hoffman & Al C. WardOctober 5, 1959 (1959-10-05)
2"Mourning Cloak"James V. KernSig HerzigOctober 12, 1959 (1959-10-12)
3"Torch Song for Trumpet"Leslie H. MartinsonJim Barnett & Leo TownsendOctober 19, 1959 (1959-10-19)
4"Woman in the River"Leslie H. MartinsonLuther DavisOctober 26, 1959 (1959-10-26)
Guest star: Mary Tyler Moore.
5"Girl in Trouble"Reginald Le BorgJohn Hawkins & Ward HawkinsNovember 2, 1959 (1959-11-02)
With Russ Conway.
6"Tiger Moth"James V. KernMarie BaumerNovember 9, 1959 (1959-11-09)
7"Secret of Hyacinth Bayou"Andre DeTothStory by: Kenneth Perkins, Teleplay by: William SpierNovember 16, 1959 (1959-11-16)
8"Invitation to a Murder"Richard LeBorgStephen LordNovember 23, 1959 (1959-11-23)
9"Mrs. Viner Vanishes"Paul HenreidIrving ElmanNovember 30, 1959 (1959-11-30)
10"Light Touch of Terror"William J. Hole Jr.A.J. CarothersDecember 7, 1959 (1959-12-07)
11"The Golden Beetle"Reginald LeBorgWilliam SpierDecember 14, 1959 (1959-12-14)
12"The Black Magnolia"Reginald LeBorgEarl BaldwinDecember 21, 1959 (1959-12-21)
Guest star: Mary Tyler Moore.
13"Portrait of Lenore"Robert GordonStory by: Milton Geiger, Teleplay by: Milton Geiger & Charles HoffmanDecember 28, 1959 (1959-12-28)
14"Kill With Kindness"William J. Hole Jr.Marie BaumerJanuary 4, 1960 (1960-01-04)
15"Inside Man"Leslie H. MartinsonStory by: Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts, Teleplay by: Howard BrowneJanuary 11, 1960 (1960-01-11)
16"Find My Face"Paul HenreidMichael PlantJanuary 18, 1960 (1960-01-18)
17"Knock on Any Tombstone"William J. Hole Jr.Story by: Sig Herzig, Teleplay by: Sig Herzig & Charles HoffmanJanuary 25, 1960 (1960-01-25)
18"Key to the City"James V. KernStory by: Jim Barnett, Teleplay by: Robert C. DennisFebruary 1, 1960 (1960-02-01)
19"The 10% Blues"William J. Hole Jr.Story by: Hugh Benson & Dick Nelson, Teleplay by: Stephen LordFebruary 8, 1960 (1960-02-08)
Guest star: Bill Erwin
20"Melody in Diamonds"James V. KernDoris GilbertFebruary 15, 1960 (1960-02-15)
21"The House of Ledezan"William J. Hole Jr.Story by: David Evans, Teleplay by: Michael Cramoy & David EvansFebruary 22, 1960 (1960-02-22)
22"Target for Hate"Leslie H. MartinsonStory by: Richard Matheson, Teleplay by: Richard Matheson & William L. StuartMarch 7, 1960 (1960-03-07)
23"The Missing Queen"Paul HenreidDorothy B. Hughes, Doris Gilbert and James Patrick O'NeillMarch 14, 1960 (1960-03-14)
24"Neon Nightmare"William J. Hole Jr.Dean RiesnerMarch 21, 1960 (1960-03-21)
Guest star: Randy Stuart as Beejay.
25"Wall of Silence"Charles R. RondeauSam RossMarch 28, 1960 (1960-03-28)
26"Twice Betrayed"William J. Hole Jr.Story by: Howard Browne, Teleplay by: William BrucknerApril 4, 1960 (1960-04-04)
Guest stars: Tyler McVey and Judson Pratt.
27"Swamp Fire"Robert B. SinclairStory by: Edward Wellen, Teleplay by: Sig Herzig & Dean RiesnerApril 11, 1960 (1960-04-11)
Guest star: Tony Young as Prosper Gamillon.
28"If a Body"Leslie H. MartinsonStory by: Irving Elman, Teleplay by: Charles Hoffman & Irving ElmanApril 18, 1960 (1960-04-18)
29"Six Hours to Midnight"Charles R. RondeauStory by: Richard Bluel, Teleplay by: Lee LoebApril 25, 1960 (1960-04-25)
30"Last Exit"Leslie H. MartinsonStory by: Douglas Heyes, Teleplay by: W. HermanosMay 2, 1960 (1960-05-02)
31"Deadly Persuasion"Charles R. RondeauBerne Giler & W. HermanosMay 9, 1960 (1960-05-09)
32"Suitable for Framing"Leslie H. MartinsonStory by: Gerald Drayson Adams, Teleplay by: W. Hermanos & Charles HoffmanMay 16, 1960 (1960-05-16)
33"False Identity"William J. Hole Jr.Story by: David Goodis, Teleplay by: W. HermanosMay 23, 1960 (1960-05-23)
34"Green Hell"Charles R. RondeauStory by: Tom Gries & Al C. Ward, Teleplay by: W. Hermanos & Al C. WardMay 30, 1960 (1960-05-30)
35"Ferry to Algiers"William J. Hole Jr.W. HermanosJune 6, 1960 (1960-06-06)
36"Wagon Show"Robert B. SinclairStory by: Hugh Benson, Teleplay by: W. HermanosJune 13, 1960 (1960-06-13)
Guest star: Brad Johnson as Michael Reynard.
37"Interrupted Wedding"William J. Hole Jr.Story by: Laszlo Gorog, Teleplay by: Laszlo Gorog & W. HermanosJune 20, 1960 (1960-06-20)
Guest stars: Patrick McVey as John Crane and Randy Stuart as Betty Jane Robinson.
38"Reunion"William J. Hole Jr.Story by: Nelson Gidding, Teleplay by: W. HermanosJune 27, 1960 (1960-06-27)
39"Teresa"William J. Hole Jr.Story by: Whitman Chambers, Teleplay by: W. HermanosJuly 4, 1960 (1960-07-04)


  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (2015). Short-Lived Television Series, 1948-1978: Thirty Years of More Than 1,000 Flops. McFarland. pp. 101–102. ISBN 978-1-4766-0515-9. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2015). The Television Crime Fighters Factbook: Over 9,800 Details from 301 Programs, 1937-2003. McFarland. pp. 11–12. ISBN 978-1-4766-1143-3. Retrieved June 27, 2020.

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