- Number of Discs: 2
- Run Time: 8 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: May 1, 2012
- Label: Timeless Media Group
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Description by OLDIES.com:
In the Golden Age of Television, almost every night offered one of the early staples of television entertainment, shows featuring cops and private detectives. Portrayed as diligent and aggressive they were also suave and worldly as they faced off against a variety of criminals, domestic and international.
This collection of those groundbreaking shows brings you a wide range od styles and mood from the jazz detective Peter Gunn to the gritty drama of Highway Patrol; from the streets of LA to a world of intrigue behind the Iron Curtain. Stirred together with a tantalizing hint of sex and violence, these tales of good combating evil have a timeless appeal.
The stars of these action-packed series include Broderick Crawford, Charles Bronson, David Janssen, Craig Stevens, Alan Hale Jr., Cesar Romero, Jack Webb and many more of the fifty's most popular actors.
Brenner (1959-1961) A hardened NYPD cop (Edward Binns) and his idealistic rookie son (James Broderick) fight crime in the city.
Peter Gunn (1958-1961) Peter Gunn (Craig Stevens) was one of the first suave, aggressive lady-killer detectives on television.
Highway Patrol (1955-1959) One of the most popular syndicated cop shows, Highway Patrol featured Broderick Crawford as the archetypical Chief of Patrol, Dan Matthews.
Man Behind the Badge (1953-1955) Narrated by Charles Bickford, an anthology of re-enactments of actual cases from law enforcement agencies.
Richard Diamond (1957-1960) Richard Diamond (David Janssen) features the exploits of an ex-NYPD officer who turns in his badge to become a private eye.
Boston Blackie (1951-1953) A dapper, reformed crook living in Los Angeles, Boston Blackie (Kent Taylor) solved crimes ahead of the police in his own unique style.
Lawless Years (1959-1961) Set in New York City during the Roaring Twenties, this series covers the exploits of Detective Ruditsky (James Gregory).
Dangerous Assignment (1952) Undercover agent Steve Mitchell (Brian Donlevy) travels to exotic places to find danger and intrigue.
Man with a Camera (1958-1960) Photographer Mike Kovak (Charles Bronson) roams the world on dangerous assignments, often helping to solve crimes along the way.
Dateline Europe/Foreign Intrigue (1951-1955) American reporters tangle with escaping war criminals and black marketers in post-war Europe.
Dragnet (1951-1959) Probably the most iconic and successful police drama ever, starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday.
Racket Squad (1951-1953) Reed Hadley plays Capt. John Braddock, who specializes in busting con men.
Decoy (1975-1959) Casey Jones (Beverly Garland) is a beautiful and daring NYPD undercover cop.
The Third Man (1959-1965) Michael Rennie stars as Harry Lime, who travels the world acquiring art and solving mysteries.
Gangbusters (1952) Action-packed stories of major crime busts, taken from police and FBI files.
Passport to Danger (1954-1958) Cesar Romero stars as a debonair U.S. diplomat plying foreign intrigue around the world.
Dick Tracy (1950-1953) Ralph Byrd stars in this gritty police drama based on the popular comic book character.
Federal Men (1950-1955) U.S. Treasury agents go after counterfeiters and other criminals breaking federal laws.
Biff Baker U.S.A. (1952-1954) Alan Hale Jr. and Randy Stuart star as husband and wife spies behind the curtain.
BONUS: Charlie Paradise (1959) Originally an episode of Brenner, Charlie Paradise was also a pilot for an unsold show, featuring Paradise (Ron Randall) as the unofficial mayor of Greenwich Village.