In 1947, George Raft, his glory days as a movie tough guy slipping away, starred as EDDIE ACE, a hard-boiled New York City private eye on the short-lived syndicated radio series, The Cases of Mr. Ace.
Each week Eddie would drop by the office of beautiful "lady psychoanalyst" Dr. Karen Gayle, who was writing a book on criminal behavior -- as she would remind us every episode -- and wanted to hear the experiences of a real live private detective. Every week, Eddie would oblige, doing his best to give her the lowdown on his latest case, and hit on her a few times.
Not that he was turning soft, mind you, palling around with a fancy pants shrink or anything. Ace maintained a snarky, cynical tone, as befits a hard man in a hard racket, running the one-man Ace Investigations on 6th Avenue. By most accounts Raft was at best okay as Mr Ace; perhaps a little less wooden than some of his cinematic adventures. He later starred in the remake of Rocky Jordan, another radio private eye.
The series was apparently spun off from Mr. Ace, a 1946 B flick from United Artists which had starred Raft as Eddie Ace, although this Eddie was not a private eye but a shady local political fixer who's hired by an ambitious congresswoman who wants to be the first governor of her (unnamed) state.
But the character of Eddie wasn't through with his metamorphisis. Eddie Ace morphed intio Eddie Drake when the show was bought for television by CBS, but New York and Raft were left behind, replaced by studly newcomer Don Haggerty, and relocated to Los Angeles.
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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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