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A collection of rare episodes and never broadcast pilot episodes of some lost crime dramas. 

Check out the episodes below and discover "the ones that got away". 

Phillo Vance Detective

Philo Vance is a fictional character featured in 12 crime novels written by S. S. Van Dine (the pen name of Willard Huntington Wright), published in the 1920s and 1930s. During that time, Vance was immensely popular in books, movies, and on the radio. He was portrayed as a stylish, even foppish dandy; a New York bon vivant possessing a highly intellectual bent. The novels were chronicled by his friend Van Dine (who appears as a kind of Dr. Watson figure in the books as well as being the author).

Into The Night - Never Broadcast Pilot

This is an odd one for sure, introduced by a british actor,then the opening credits are laid over stock footage of the british houses of parliament (big ben) then the story takes place in a completely unrelated american city, goodness knows what they were thinking but it never go further than this one episode.

Assignment Mexico- Never Broadcast Pilot

When a woman, the wife of a notorious international gangster, cooperates with the Mexican police, her husband takes steps to eliminate her as a potential witness. The police commissioner, knowing that the crook's flight was booked by a local American travel agent, asks the woman to keep discrete tabs on her client and note whom the man meets. The travel agent realises that the man she has been tailing is an impostor and the killer is closing in his quarry unbeknown to the police.

Police Station - Rare Lost TV Episode

The show takes place in an unnamed metropolitan city. As the introductory narration tells us the stories are about "a war that starts with a crime and begins with an arrest." The series focuses on the activities in a police station, Pricinct 11. The main thread of the story is the investigation into two murders that happened during a fight between two rival teen-age gangs. A sub-story is the arrest for a charity scam pulled by an elderly woman. The show ends with a brief segment of the eventual sentences of the gang killer and the old lady. 

Beach Patrol- Never Broadcast Pilot

When a retired gangster is murdered offshore of a popular seaside recreation area, the police department and the beach patrol join forces to bring the man's killer to justice. Their only lead is the dead man's girlfriend, a singer in a third-rate night club, but the woman was on stage when her meal ticket was shot. Using data produced by the beach patrol, the police learn where the man was killed and are surprised when the man's girlfriend is discovered scuba diving in the vicinity the day after the crime was committed.

African Patrol - Never Broadcast Pilot

Inspector Paul Derek is based in Nairobi, Kenya but travels throughout the colonial territory solving crimes. The nature of the bad behavior is often unique to the African locale. The phone number at the office is 1356.

Richard Diamond Detective - Sample Episode

David Janssen, before The Fugitive, starred as Diamond, a former officer of the New York Police Department and a hard-boiled private detective in the film noir tradition. Don Taylor played the title role in a 1956 television pilot, broadcast as an episode of the anthology series Chevron Hall of Stars.

Unsolved- Never Broadcast Pilot

Television series pilot for a proposed series that purported to show the circumstances behind a famous unsolved murder. The victim this time out is Martin `Mugsy` Heidel, a West Coast underworld boss who loses all his Hollywood friends when he is accused of murdering a small-time bookie. He vows to create a fabulous hotel, casino and entertainment hot-spot just across the border of Nevada and make it so lavish that the men and women who snubbed him will crave his affection again. When Mugsy plows all the profits back into the hotel, his criminal bosses are not pleased and Heidel is `retired` in a hail of bullets from an unknown assailant in revenge.

Chicago 2-1-2 - Never Broadcast Pilot

An episode of the United States anthology TV series "Cavalcade of America" called "Chicago 2-1-2". In this episode, the fire department tries to find the person(s) behind a series of arson attacks. Aired on 30 April 1957. This copy runs about 25 minutes. It has been claimed that this is a unsold pilot.

Checkmate - 1950s Crime Drama Episode

Checkmate is an American detective television series created by Eric Ambler, starring Anthony George, Sebastian Cabot, and Doug McClure. The show aired on CBS Television from 1960 to 1962 for a total of 70 episodes. It was produced by Jack Benny's production company, "JaMco Productions" in co-operation with Revue Studios. Guest stars included Charles Laughton, Peter Lorre, Lee Marvin, Mickey Rooney and many other prominent performers.

The Bogus Green - Never Broadcast Pilot

Interesting pilot film this of a never made tv series.

Advance man Brass McGannon is nearly arrested for passing counterfeit money while promoting his circus' next stop. Returning to the circus, he learns that the Treasury Department suspects someone in the circus is responsible for the bogus dough appearing wherever the circus visits and suspicion falls on the show's newest employees. Meanwhile the alcoholic sideshow barker falls off the wagon when his beautiful daughter returns unexpectedly.

The Shadow - First Never Broadcast Pilot

Two attempts were made to adapt the character to television. The first, in 1954, was titled The Shadow, and starred Tom Helmore as Lamont Cranston.

The second attempt in 1958 was titled The Invisible Avenger; it never aired. The two episodes produced were compiled into a theatrical film and released with the same title. It was re-released with additional footage in 1962 as Bourbon Street Shadows. Starring Richard Derr as The Shadow, the film depicts Lamont Cranston investigating the murder of a New Orleans bandleader. The film is notable as the second directorial effort of James Wong Howe, who directed only one of the two unaired episodes.

The Shadow - Second Never Broadcast Pilot

Two attempts were made to adapt the character to television. The first, in 1954, was titled The Shadow, and starred Tom Helmore as Lamont Cranston.

The second attempt in 1958 was titled The Invisible Avenger; it never aired. The two episodes produced were compiled into a theatrical film and released with the same title. It was re-released with additional footage in 1962 as Bourbon Street Shadows. Starring Richard Derr as The Shadow, the film depicts Lamont Cranston investigating the murder of a New Orleans bandleader. The film is notable as the second directorial effort of James Wong Howe, who directed only one of the two unaired episodes.

John Nesbit Presents  The Golden Junkman

Rare Crime Drama Episode

A Greek immigrant to the US goes to work at a junkyard owned by his friend. As he becomes more successful, he brings his wife and sons over from Greece, but his wife dies in a flu epidemic, leaving him to raise his sons alone. The sons eventually win a scholarship to a prestigious military school, and when they return home they find that their father now has his own "empire" of more than 20 junkyards and is known as "The Golden Junkman". But his success is tempered by the scorn and ridicule heaped on his sons because their "junkman" father's lack of education. He resolves to solve that problem and make his sons as proud of him as he is of them.

Mr District Attourney

Rare Crime Drama Episode

Near the end of the radio run, the series was transferred to television. The first incarnation ran on ABC from October 1, 1951 through June 23, 1952, airing on alternate Mondays, first with The Amazing Mr. Malone and then Out of the Fog. The current radio cast reprised their roles: Jay Jostyn as Mr. District Attorney, Vicki Vola as Miss Miller, and Len Doyle as Harrington. In 1954, the show was revived in syndication by Ziv Television Programs, who had also handled the 1952–1953 radio syndication. David Brian reprised his role from that series, only now the D. A. had a name, Paul Garrett. Jackie Loughery was Miss Miller.

Rocky King Detective in Dies at Midnight

Rare Crime Drama Episode

Rocky King Detective (also known as Inside Detective) is an American action/crime drama series that was broadcast live on the DuMont Television Network on Sundays at 9pm ET. The series ran for six seasons, from January 15, 1950, to December 26, 1954.

Pete Kelly's Blues

Rare Crime Drama Pilot

Pete Kelly's Blues was a television series starring William Reynolds which aired in 1959. It was created by Jack Webb, based on his 1951 radio series of the same name.

Armchair Detective

Rare Crime Drama Pilot

A kind of do-it-yourself mystery series, in which a pair of short, one-act plays was presented. In each, a crime was committed, investigated, and eventually solved, after which H. Allen Smith of the California State Legislation would explain each step of the investigation, ending with how the authorities arrived at the solution.

Burke's Law

Rare Crime Drama Pilot

Burke's Law is an American detective series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1966. The show starred Gene Barry as Amos Burke, millionaire captain of Los Angeles police homicide division, who was chauffeured around to solve crimes in his 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. The original series was converted from a detective show to a spy drama, Amos Burke Secret Agent, in its third and final season. The series was revived in 1994–95 on CBS with Barry again playing Burke having returned to detective work.

Crime Club

Rare Crime Drama Pilot Movie

An attorney, an investigative reporter and the head of a crime prevention organisation set out to find out who is behind a series of ice-pick murders.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc

Writer: Gene R. Kearney

Stars: Scott Thomas, Eugene Roche, Robert Lansing

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