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The Big Score 

The stakes are high when Richard Diamond goes up against a gang of con men who use a fake bookie's office as a set-up to trick wealthy suckers and make thousands of dollars. But what the ... See full summary »

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Oscar Rudolph
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
David Janssen ... Richard Diamond
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Carson ... Mr. Farrell
John Eldredge ... Graham
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Edgar
Don Keefer ... Reagan
Doris Singleton ... Mrs. Farrell
Herb Vigran ... Johnson
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The stakes are high when Richard Diamond goes up against a gang of con men who use a fake bookie's office as a set-up to trick wealthy suckers and make thousands of dollars. But what the con men don't count on is the fact that they, too, can be played for suckers, and that Richard Diamond is a Private Eye with a few tricks up his sleeve... Written by Jasper P. Morgan

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Decent but the ending is a bit weak.
7 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Knockout" This episode of "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" looked very familiar to me. In an interesting coincidence, a few weeks earlier I'd been watching episodes of an earlier series, "Racket Squad". And, one of these shows, "The Knockout", has a plot that is almost exactly like "The Big Score"!

The show begins with a woman coming to Richard Diamond asking for his help. Her husband has been cheated and they cannot prove it. Diamond agrees to go under cover and sets the bait--posing as a rich and gullible business man on the same train the husband took when he met up with the con men. And, like clockwork, Diamond meets a new 'friend' who introduces him to the con. It seems that a guy has a system--he learns about the horse racing results just before they are broadcast and using this short delay, he's able to bet and win every time. Diamond and his 'friend' bet small and win--using this man's recommendation. So, the crooks have him hooked and plan on having Diamond bet much, much larger the next time--only the winner they give him won't be the winner after all.

While the episode is interesting, the ending is a magical one--and I hate magical endings. Diamond is discovered to be a phony by the baddies and JUST before they kill him, the police happen to arrive!! Coincidences/acts of the hand of God are not great ways to handle plot problems, though the show is otherwise interesting.


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