Created by Jeffrey Bloom
This dick walks the walk and talks the talk, but this dick's a jane.
Stylish, dressed-to-kill private eye VERONICA CLARE, not content to just come off as a female Peter Gunn, does the original clotheshorse P.I. one better, by not just hanging around a swanky jazz club in Los Angeles, but by actually owning it. You've come a long way, baby, indeed.
There are a few other nods to private eye traditions in this short-lived Lifetime series from the early nineties: the 1940s setting, the voice-over narration, a shady past, and having her club in LA's Chinatown district. Not that Veronica is completely stuck in the past -- she's also a thoroughly modern, non-violent kinda girl, with a large network of friends and accomplices and a love/hate thing going with partner/assistant Duke Rado. Hey, it's Showtime. Remember?
Unfortunately, this was the kind of show you watched for its looks. Laura Robinson, as Veronica, was drop dead gorgeous -- right out of the Lauren Bacall mode, with a little Veronica Lake and Kathleen Turner tossed in -- and the sets, the costumes and the period details were to die for.
The writing? Not so much. And certainly not enough to hold an audience, although Lifetime did try recycling the episodes into made-for-TV flicks. Alas, the longer format didn't change people's minds.
Lifetime recycled all but one of the episodes, combining them to make TV movies
Combined episodes #1 and #9.
Combined episodes #3 and #5.
Combined episodes #2 and #8.
Combined episodes #4 and #6.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Corey Bradford for the word to the wise. And the photo of Veronica and Duke is from epguides.com, a web version of paradise for TV trivia nuts like myself.
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