Bourbon Street Beat

ABC (ended 1960)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 39


    Aired 7/4/60

  • S 1 : Ep 38


    Aired 6/27/60

  • S 1 : Ep 37

    Interrupted Wedding

    Aired 6/20/60

  • S 1 : Ep 36

    Wagon Show

    Aired 6/13/60

  • S 1 : Ep 35

    Ferry to Algiers

    Aired 6/6/60

  • Cast & Crew
  • Andrew Duggan

    Cal Calhoun

  • Richard Long

    Rex Randolph

  • Van Williams

    Kenny Madison

  • Arlene Howell

    Melody Lee Mercer

  • Nita Talbot

    Lusti Weather

  • show Description
  • Bourbon Street Beat was a crime drama very much in the same vein as 77 Sunset Strip, produced by Warner Brothers, running on ABC for 39 episodes during the 1959-60 television season. Chronicling the adventures of three private eyes solving crimes in the Big Easy, Bourbon Street Beat featured Richard Long as Rex Randolph, Andrew Duggan as Cal Calhoun, and Van Williams as Kenny Madison. Despite the show lasting only one season a couple of its characters would live on in other shows. Rex Randolph went to 77 Sunset Strip while Kenny Madison ended up on Surfside 6.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (381)

    • Rex: What do you mean suicide? Fontaine: Well, I'm sure you've heard the term before, Mr. Randolph. The Japanese have a nicer term for it--Happy Dispatch.

    • Cal: You disappoint me. I thought you were a judge of character. Rex: Or lack of it.

    • Serena: I admire cleverness, Mr. Randolph. Sit down.

    • Rex (to Serena): My partner was murdered. I intend to prove it with or without the help of your personal Gestapo.

    • Karen: I was hopin' to find a drink. Rex: At 8:00 in the morning? Karen: It's still night to me. I haven't been to sleep yet.

    • Cal: I may not look like it but I'm still a police lieutenant, Mr. Randolph. Get in.

    • Rex: Am I safe with you? Karen: I never impose my company of my affections on anybody, Mr. Randolph.

    • Fontaine (to Rex): Hurry back, huh. I mean back to New Orleans.

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    Notes (57)

    • Arlene Howell does not appear in this episode.

    • Sadly, this episode marked the final acting role of Wayne Morris who died on September 14, 1959 of a heart attack two and a half months before it aired.

    • Al Freeman, Jr. would later play Ed Hall for many years on the daytime drama One Life to Live.

    • Alternate episode title: Sing a Song to the Axeman.

    • Spencer Williams had previously starred as Andy Brown on Amos 'n' Andy.

    • In this episode, Rex Randolph mentions that he is old friends with Stu Bailey from 77 Sunset Strip.

    • Future Batman Adam West has an unbilled bit part as a deputy in this episode.

    • Mary Tyler Moore is billed as Mary Moore in the ending credits.

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    Trivia (14)

    • The impression that Andrew Duggan does is of actor Charles Laughton.

    • Mary Tyler Moore plays the missing woman in this episode but received no screen credit for her appearance, one of her first in television.

    • The impression that Andrew Duggan does in this episode is of classic actor Charles Boyer.

    • Rex's parent's names, Helen and Willard, are spoken for the only time in the series.

    • By paying close attention to the complexions of the male guest stars in this episode, the viewer can figure out who the culprit is prior to the end of the show.

    • The Axeman of New Orleans was a real life serial killer who attacked at least 12 victims with an axelike object in the New Orleans area during 1918 and 1919. Not all of his victims died but he was never identified conclusively or apprehended.

    • James Coburn's character mentions that he'll probably have to hide out in Cuba until the heat's off. Evidently, the writers weren't paying much attention to the political events in 1960 Cuba because the Communist Fidel Castro had just seized power there.

    • Goof: the character of Jimmy Joe Barteri is also referred to as Jimmy Joe Bartelli in the dialogue.

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    Allusions (1)

    • This episode borrows elements from the classic 1957 film The Three Faces of Eve.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • 77 Sunset Strip Clone

    By Mad_Buck, Dec 28, 2007