Dick Powell Show

Season 1 Episode 1

Who Killed Julie Greer?

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 26, 1961 on NBC

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  • Dick Powell makes a dandy Amos Burke in the pilot for Burke's Law.

    Dick Powell originated the role of police detective captain Amos Burke in this episode.

    Amos Burke, of course, was a millionaire who drove a Rolls Royce and lived in Beverly Hills. (Burke had inherited his wealth.) Regis Toomey and Dean Jones played Amos Burke's fellow detectives.

    Carolyn Jones was murdered at the beginnng of the episode and Amos Burke's suspects included Ronald Reagan, Lloyd Bridges, and Nick Adams. The killer finally turned out to be Dean Jones, the young detective on the case who it turned out was seeing Jones.

    The episode was written by Frank D. Gilroy, who would later win awards for the Broadway play "The Subject was Roses" starring Jack Albertson, Irene Daily, and Martin Sheen.

    "Burke's Law" didn't sell right away. It didn't start till the season after next (1963-64) and not on "The Dick Powell Show" network (NBC) but on ABC.

    Dick Powell made a dandy Amos Burke. Jackie Cooper was orignally annouced to replace him as Amos Burke. Cooper would have been terrific, but it didn't happen. My guess is Cooper wanted to co-produce the series through his own company (as he did with "Hennessy") but that Four Star balked. Gene Barry was a superb Amos Burke, but I don't think he was quite as good as Dick Powell. I think Cooper would have been very good, more like Powell.

    The problem with "Burke's Law" was that it just didn't seem to matter who the murderer was. Maybe Jackie Cooper would have been a slightly more serious Amos Burke and made the sophisticated humor more of a background to the show rather than the center.