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Best of TV Detectives - 52 Episodes (2007)

Jack Webb , Charles Bronson  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jack Webb, Charles Bronson, Ralph Byrd, Gene Barry
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 1300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QQJOGE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,970 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Available for the first time, 52 complete episodes from exciting television detective series of the 1950's to the 1960's. You will be delighted and amazed by such thrilling programs as Dragnet, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Burke's Law and Dick Tracy. Featuring popular television stars such as Jack Webb, Gene Barry, Ralph Byrd and Charles Bronson, who came into America's homes each week bringing exciting tales of lawlessness, criminals and the men who fought for justice. You will have hours and hours of enjoyment watching these classic crime fighters in action!

Included:


1. Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu, The
2. Adventures of Ellery Queen, The
3. Alfred Hitchcock Presents
4. Bulldog Drummond
5. Burke's Law
6. Cases of Eddie Drake, The
7. Code 3
8. Court of Last Resort, The
9. Dick Tracy
10. Dragnet
11. Federal Men
12. Front Page Detective
13. Lawless Years, The
14. Man With A Camera


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300 of 301 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding sampling of early TV detective series August 18, 2007
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Mill Creek has put out another great collection of television shows, this time focusing on detective series from the 1950s. Although some of these episodes can be found in other low-priced sets, there are many series sampled here that have never been released on DVD before. Here are the individual episodes you'll find on the disk:

The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu (1956)

Sir Dennis Nayland-Smith (Lester Matthews) attempts to prevent the evil Dr. Fu Manchu (Glen Gordon) from achieving world domination. Episodes included in this package are: "Death Ships of Fu Manchu" and "Prisoner of Fu Manchu"

The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950)

This ill-fated Dumont network series, featuring Richard Hart as the titular detective, is represented by a single episode: "The Hanging Acrobat"

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955):

A curious choice for inclusion in this set, this series' premise had little to do with detective work. The episodes included can be found in many other public domain offerings: "The Cheney Vase" (starring Darren McGavin and Carolyn Jones) and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (starring Brandon de Wilde and Diana Dors).

Burke's Law (1963)

Gene Barry starred as Amos Burke, an independently wealthy Chief of Detectives for the Los Angeles police force. The episode included in this set is "Who Killed Jason Shaw."

The Cases of Eddie Drake (1952)

Originally nine episodes of this series, which starred journeyman actor Dan Haggerty, were filmed for CBS, but were never aired. Dumont purchased the group, filmed four additional episodes and released the series to the unsuspecting public in 1952. The episode presented here, "Shoot the Works" shows why CBS choose to cut their losses.
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151 of 152 people found the following review helpful
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Let's cut to the chase and get the negatives out of the way first . . . . .

1. This collection doesn't include any of the Warner Brothers detective series of the late 1950s/early1960s.

2. The audio/visual quality of the episodes is variable.

This is a rather astounding collection of television detective shows from the 1950s and 1960s, with episodes that have apparently slipped into the public domain. Anyone familiar with DVD releases of public domain material knows that very little of the Warner Brothers catalog is in the public domain (the reason their detective shows are not represented here), and companies releasing public domain material almost never have access to the original film elements (negatives or master prints) and usually have to rely on whatever 16 millimeter prints that are available (or video masters thereof) as the source. So while the audio/visual presentation is not up to the standards typically found on releases from the major studios, most of the episodes in this collection are highly watchable.

There are some very popular and well known shows on this set including the original 1950s version of "Dragnet," "Burke's Law," and "Mannix," but where this set really shines is the inclusion of episodes from a number of obscure and hard-to-find series, several of which are making their commercial DVD debuts on this set. I was even surprised to see a few shows represented from the old DuMont Network which ceased operation in the mid-1950s; much of that network's programming is lost to the ages, so finding even a few episodes is like finding buried treasure.
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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIKE WATCHING TV WHEN I WAS A KID! July 2, 2007
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This is a great, fun collection of old TV shows from the 50's and early 60's that have fallen into the public domain. That means no copyrights-anyone can sell them. I have almost everything this company - Mill Creek Entertainment has put out. They cobble together collections of movies and TV shows- mostly bootlegged from old VHS tapes and sometimes they put a copyrighted logo on the lower right hand of the screen so people will not rip off their bootlegs and sell them too! But it is a good cheap way to get lots of great stuff that no one else is going to bother to put out in a better quality because it can just be copied and sold by anyone. This is a lot of material that is obscure to well known that may have been rerun in the 70's and maybe not, I know I saw some of them when I was a kid. The quality varies from poor to almost perfect but always wonderful to see for a bunch of old TV. If it looks a little cheesy it does not matter because it is all so enjoyable and also what you see is often all that is left of these old TV shows. A lot of what was on TV then was not saved at all so we are lucky we have it. Lots of them were shot live and the only way they had to save them then was to point a 16 MM film camera at a TV screen and film it in the studio when the shows went out live. This was called a Kinescope. Some "look" like old TV shows but others remind me of old black and white movies. Some even have a real "noir" quality that is priceless. You can see some stars before they got "big" in movies and some struggling unknowns that stayed that way as well as some veteran actors from the movies who made a living in TV when they began to fade. Can't wait for Vol. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good ones, Some mediocre
Trying to do such a large collection of a genre in old movies will always present problems. In this collection, there is a lot to choose from, but the inevitable use of double... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dennis Green
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated
I was looking forward to this collection however, I am afraid some shows do not stand the test of time.
Published 9 months ago by caduceus
4.0 out of 5 stars Old style detectives
This is a great sample of classic early TV. The quality of some episodes is far from HD standard but that doesn't take away from the style and storylines peculiar to the time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by alan e.
5.0 out of 5 stars Variety of shoes from past detective series.
Wife loves detective shows especially old shows. Has a good variety of shows from the past on the order of 4-6 shows each. Brought back memories.
Published 13 months ago by bernarte
1.0 out of 5 stars YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME?
YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME? A bunch of garbage! Movie clarity was terrible! Whoever put this junk together needs to be knocked off your list of distributors! Read more
Published on October 28, 2011 by Janette M. Hill
1.0 out of 5 stars Product Did Not Arrive
THIS PROUCT DID NOT ARRIVE...THIS PRODUCT DID NOT ARRIVE....THIS PRODUCT DID NOT ARRIVE...
THIS PRODUCT DID N TO ARRIVE...JERRY LQUIRE
Published on October 13, 2011 by jery luquire
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of TV Detectives DVD (150 episodes from 1950-1962)
Rare find and quaint return for me to the old TV shows of yore. Most of the shows are in good condition, some better than others, of course. Read more
Published on March 26, 2011 by Dr. Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots Of Entertainment For A Low Price
To tell you the truth, I wasn't expecting too much with this DVD collection as I have bought these kinds of sets in other genres and wasn't very impressed. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by Paul Riesebeck
3.0 out of 5 stars what can I say?
There were mostly super-old episodes that I hadn't heard of.
I've heard of a lot in my time
Some were interesting if nothing else
A very few that were good
Less... Read more
Published on October 10, 2010 by bookish
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good quality
I am so amazed that people can get away with selling such poor quality merchandise. You could barely make out some of the movie because the visual quality just wasn't there. Read more
Published on August 11, 2010 by David Stoltz
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