City Detective

City Detective is a half-hour syndicated crime drama starring Rod Cameron as 43-year-old Bart Grant, a tough 1950s New York City police lieutenant. The first of three consecutive Rod Cameron series, City Detective aired between September 1953 and May 10, 1955.[1] Late in 1953, Variety noted that the series had been sold to 1,971 television stations, a then syndication record.[2]

City Detective
Directed byRobert S. Finkel
Leslie H. Martinson
StarringRod Cameron
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes64
Running time30 minutes
Original networkSyndication
Picture formatBlack and white (1953-1955)
Original releaseSeptember 1953 
May 10, 1955

Numerous actors who appeared on City Detective later landed roles on established network series, including Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont, who appeared in separate episodes some three years before they were cast as the concerned parents in the sitcom Leave It to Beaver. Madge Blake, a peripheral figure in Leave It to Beaver, as well as the Walter Brennan series The Real McCoys, also guest-starred on City Detective. Andy Clyde, who played Madge Blake's brother on The Real McCoys, appeared as Pop in the 1955 episode "Desert Ice". Doris Packer of Leave It to Beaver and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis appeared as Florence in the episode "Sixteen Vertical". Frances Bavier, later Aunt Bee on CBS's The Andy Griffith Show, appeared three times on City Detective. Lloyd Corrigan, a co-star of the future NBC sitcom Happy, appeared as Shoreham in the 1954 episode "A Safe Combination". Jean Byron, the mother on ABC's The Patty Duke Show appeared twice on City Detective.[3]

Guest stars

Other episodes and guest stars include:

After City Detective, a Revue Studios Production, Cameron launched State Trooper (1956-1959), set in and about Las Vegas, Nevada, and Coronado 9, a detective series set in San Diego, California.


  1. "City Detective: Summary". Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  2. Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 166
  3. "Episode List of City Detective". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  4. "Tom Greenway". Internet Movie Data Base. Archived from the original on January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  5. "The Hypnotic Wife on City Detective". Internet Movie Data Base. March 1, 1955. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  6. "Kim Spalding". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
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