Bourbon Street Beat

Bourbon Street Beat is a private detective television series which aired on the ABC network from 1959-1960 and featured Richard Long as Rex Randolph, Andrew Duggan as Cal Calhoun, Van Williams as Kenny Madison, and Arlene Howell as Melody Lee Mercer, the secretary at the New Orleans detective agency in which they worked.

Bourbon Street Beat
Created byCharles Hoffman
StarringRichard Long
Andrew Duggan
Arlene Howell
Van Williams
Theme music composerMack David and
Jerry Livingston
Composer(s)Jack Halloran, arranger
Michael Heindorf
Howard Jackson
Frank Perkins
Paul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes39 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)William T. Orr
Producer(s)Charles Hoffman
Harry Tatelman
Jerry Davis
Oren W. Haglund (Production manager)
Gordon Bau (make-up)
Production location(s)California
Editor(s)James C. Moore
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Warner Bros. Television Division
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Division
Original networkABC
Picture format1.33 : 1 monochrome
Audio formatmonaural
Original releaseOctober 5, 1959 
July 4, 1960
Followed bySurfside 6
Related shows77 Sunset Strip
Hawaiian Eye


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 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.


Guest stars

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


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Taste of Ashes"Leslie H. MartinsonCharles 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"TBAJim Barnett & Leo TownsendOctober 19, 1959 (1959-10-19)
4"Woman in the River"TBALuthar DavisOctober 26, 1959 (1959-10-26)
With Mary Tyler Moore.
5"Girl in Trouble"Reginald LeBorgJohn Hawkins & Ward HawkinsNovember 2, 1959 (1959-11-02)
With Russ Conway.
6"Tiger Moth"TBATBANovember 9, 1959 (1959-11-09)
7"Secret of Hyacinth Bayou"TBATBANovember 16, 1959 (1959-11-16)
8"Invitation to a Murder"Richard LeBorgStephen LordNovember 23, 1959 (1959-11-23)
9"Mrs. Viner Vanishes"TBATBANovember 30, 1959 (1959-11-30)
10"Light Touch of Terror"William J. Hole Jr.TBADecember 7, 1959 (1959-12-07)
11"The Golden Beetle"TBATBADecember 14, 1959 (1959-12-14)
12"The Black Magnolia"Reginald LeBorgEarl BaldwinDecember 21, 1959 (1959-12-21)
With Mary Tyler Moore.
13"Portrait of Lenore"TBATBADecember 28, 1959 (1959-12-28)
14"Kill With Kindness"William J. Hole Jr.TBAJanuary 4, 1960 (1960-01-04)
15"Inside Man"TBATBAJanuary 11, 1960 (1960-01-11)
16"Find My Face"TBATBAJanuary 18, 1960 (1960-01-18)
17"Knock on Any Tombstone"William J. Hole Jr.TBAJanuary 25, 1960 (1960-01-25)
18"Key to the City"James V. KernRobert C. DennisFebruary 1, 1960 (1960-02-01)
19"The 10% Blues"William J. Hole Jr.Hugh Benson & Dick NelsonFebruary 8, 1960 (1960-02-08)
20"Melody in Diamonds"TBATBAFebruary 15, 1960 (1960-02-15)
21"The House of Ledezan"William J. Hole Jr.David EvansFebruary 22, 1960 (1960-02-22)
22"Target for Hate"TBARichard Matheson & William L. StuartMarch 7, 1960 (1960-03-07)
23"The Missing Queen"TBADorothy B. Hughes & Doris GilbertMarch 14, 1960 (1960-03-14)
24"Neon Nightmare"William J. Hole Jr.Dean RiesnerMarch 21, 1960 (1960-03-21)
With Randy Stuart as Beejay.
25"Wall of Silence"TBASam RossMarch 28, 1960 (1960-03-28)
26"Twice Betrayed"TBAWilliam BrucknerApril 4, 1960 (1960-04-04)
With Tyler McVey and Judson Pratt.
27"Swamp Fire"Robert B. SinclairSig Herzig & Dean RiesnerApril 11, 1960 (1960-04-11)
With Tony Young as Prosper Gamillon.
28"If a Body"TBACharles Hoffman & Irving ElmanApril 18, 1960 (1960-04-18)
29"Six Hours to Midnight"TBALee Loeb & Richard BluelApril 25, 1960 (1960-04-25)
30"Last Exit"Leslie H. MartinsonW. HermanosMay 2, 1960 (1960-05-02)
31"Deadly Persuasion"TBABerne Giler & W. HermanosMay 9, 1960 (1960-05-09)
32"Suitable for Framing"Leslie H. MartinsonCharles Hoffman & Gerald Drayson AdamsMay 16, 1960 (1960-05-16)
33"False Identity"William J. Hole Jr.W. Hermanos & David GoodisMay 23, 1960 (1960-05-23)
34"Green Hell"Charles R. RondeauAl 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"TBATBAJune 13, 1960 (1960-06-13)
With Brad Johnson as Michael Reynard.
37"Interrupted Wedding"William J. Hole Jr.TBAJune 20, 1960 (1960-06-20)
With Patrick McVey as John Crane and Randy Stuart as Betty Jane Robinson.
38"Reunion"William J. Hole Jr.TBAJune 27, 1960 (1960-06-27)
39"Teresa"William J. Hole Jr.TBAJuly 4, 1960 (1960-07-04)


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