This is the first episode of the Lone Ranger. The Lone Ranger was a big hit on radio under the direction of George W. Trendel, but knew he didn’t have what it took to direct a TV series so he hired Jack Chertov. The series went on for years and probably was influential in making Westerns the most popular genre of a generation of Americans.
A man hires Diamond to watch over his frightened wife while he is out of town, but then Diamond is approached by a pair of doctors from a mental institution who claim she is an escaped patient.
A rich tycoon is threatened and it’s up to Richard Diamond Private Detective to protect him. This episode is from the 1954 series Richard Diamond which was a continuation of the very popular radio show.
Here John Wayne plays Singin’ Sandy Saunders, the screen’s first singing cowboy. Singin’ Sandy’s ten-gallon hat was black instead of white. This movie is a little more intense than your normal musical cowbody movie of the time. Sandy says “the streets soon running with blood” and “you’ll be drinking your drinks with the dead”, which in not the tamest John Wayne of the 1930′s.