Ace Crawford, Private Eye
|Ace Crawford, Private Eye|
|Created by||Ron Clark & Tim Conway|
|Directed by||Michael Preece|
Charles S. Dubin
|Theme music composer||Hughie Cannon|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Conway Enterprises|
|Original release||March 15 –|
April 12, 1983
Tim Conway stars as a trench-coated private detective who always solves the case and catches the bad guy, despite his constant bumbling. The show was broadcast on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. Only five episodes were aired.
Cast and charactersEdit
In addition to Tim Conway as Ace Crawford, the cast included:
- Joe Regalbuto as Toomey, a CPA and Crawford's assistant; he always saw Crawford as a hero, and thought that his bumbling was simply some kind of cunning strategy.
- Billy Barty as Inch, owner and bartender of The Shanty, a wharfside bar where Crawford hangs out.
- Shera Danese as Luana, a singer at The Shanty who lusted after Crawford.
- Bill Henderson as Mello, a blind jazz musician at The Shanty.
- Dick Christie as Detective Lieutenant Fanning, who was always mystified as to how Crawford solved every case.
In each half-hour episode, Crawford would be hired for, or otherwise find himself involved in, a case in which criminals were taking advantage of innocent citizens. He would then approach the case using Conway’s trademark comedy style; in one episode he was disguised as a feeble old man, in another he was using a children's toy microphone as a “wire,” et cetera. In spite of the slapstick results of his actions, Crawford would always emerge triumphant.
Every episode ended the same way: Crawford would leave The Shanty at night and walk along the wharf, vanishing into the fog... and then audibly fall into the water.
US TV RatingsEdit
|Season||Episodes||Start Date||End Date||Nielsen Rank||Nielsen Rating||Tied With|
|1982–83||5||March 15, 1983||April 12, 1983||75||N/A||N/A|
|Nº||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Air date|
|1||"Murder at Restful Hills"||Michael Preece||Ron Friedman||March 15, 1983|
|Ace investigates the claim of Luana's grandmother that deaths at a nursing home weren't the result of natural causes.|
|2||"Bull Bates"||Charles S. Dubin||Ron Clark,|
|March 22, 1983|
|Deedee, the girlfriend of gangster of Bull Bates, gives to Ace a book detailing everyone that Bates has rubbed out.|
|3||"Inch in a Pinch"||Michael Preece||Arnie Kogen||March 29, 1983|
|Ace sets a trap for a merciless mobster when his bartender friend Inch is beaten up by thugs.|
|4||"The Microchip Caper"||Michael Preece||Rudy De Luca||April 5, 1983|
|Ace finds himself in the middle of a multi-million dollar con when he is hired to test a computer company's plant security.|
|5||"The Gentleman Bandit"||Michael Preece||Mickey Rose||April 12, 1983|
|Ace goes undercover as a secretary to nab a thief who is preying on a magazine's female employees.|