Bourbon Street Beat

Bourbon Street Beat was a private eye series that ran on ABC from 1959 to 1960. It 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 their New Orleans detective agency.

See the Bourbon Street TV Show Intro

The series was one of several Warner Brothers detective shows running on ABC at the time, but Bourbon Street Beat had less success than the others (even though everyone remembers the title). When the show ended, the Rex Randolph character moved to 77 Sunset Strip, and the Kenny Madison character moved to Surfside 6, which was put in Bourbon Street's old time slot. Andrew Duggan's character, Cal Calhoun, promptly disappeared from the screen upon the show's cancellation, although viewers may not have noticed much, since the then-ubiquitous Duggan was by then making guest appearances on a slew of other television shows.

In the interest of authenticity, ABC bought a half-interest in the New Orleans French Quarter restaurant The Old Absinthe House, placing the Randolph and Calhoun office directly above the eatery, although the series was nonetheless shot on the Warner Brothers studio lot in Los Angeles.

  • Richard Long... Rex Randolph
  • Andrew Duggan... Cal Calhoun
  • Arlene Howell... Melody Lee Mercer
  • Van Williams... Kenny Madison
  • Eddie Cole... The Baron (twelve episodes)
  • Tommy Farrell... Jay O'Hanlon (seven episodes)
  • Nita Talbot... Lusti Weather (four episodes)

Guest Stars

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

  • Charles Aidman
  • Roscoe Ates
  • Tol Avery
  • Raymond Bailey
  • Don "Red" Barry
  • Jeanne Bates
  • Whit Bissell
  • Lane Bradford
  • Henry Brandon
  • Victor Buono
  • Walter Burke
  • Jean Byron
  • James T. Callahan
  • Richard Chamberlain
  • James Coburn
  • Robert Colbert
  • Tris Coffin
  • Gary Conway
  • Russ Conway
  • Kathleen Crowley
  • Michael Dante
  • Ray Danton
  • Richard Deacon
  • Cyril Delevanti
  • Brad Dexter
  • Ann Doran
  • James Drury
  • James Flavin
  • Kathleen Freeman
  • Lisa Gaye
  • Virginia Gregg
  • Myron Healey
  • John Hoyt
  • Brad Johnson
  • Shirley Knight
  • Ted Knight
  • Gail Kobe
  • Sandy Koufax
  • Nancy Kulp
  • Sue Anne Langdon
  • Suzanne Lloyd
  • John Marley
  • Diane McBain
  • Patrick McVey
  • Tyler McVey
  • Joanna Moore
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Rita Moreno
  • Jeanette Nolan
  • Jay Novello
  • Cynthia Pepper
  • Paul Picerni
  • Mala Powers
  • Judson Pratt
  • Denver Pyle
  • Rex Reason
  • Rhodes Reason
  • Madlyn Rhue
  • Carlos Romero
  • Richard Rust
  • Karen Steele
  • Randy Stuart
  • Vaughn Taylor
  • Mary Treen
  • Lurene Tuttle
  • Adam West
  • Peter Whitney
  • Robert J. Wilke
  • Marie Windsor
  • Donald Woods
  • Carleton G. Young
  • Tony Young
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