I wanted to recommend another program I sampled during my closed-eye phase. I'd never heard of Rogue's Gallery, starring Dick Powell. The Wikipedia entry calls the show a sort of run-up to Powell's better-known program, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Detective Richard Rogue is a skirt-chasing private investigator who confronts the usual mix of murder, mayhem, and femmes fatales.
Though the Richard Rogue character has a tough edge, the scripts are lighter in tone than those of typical hardboiled detective shows. Dick Powell is perfect in the role, tempering a breezy, jokey delivery with just the right amount of roughness.The supporting cast is also excellent. A full musical score by Leith Stevens lends an extra touch of class. My only complaint with the production is the almost complete absence of sound effects. I suspect the producers figured that Powell's detailed narration tells everything we need to know, so we don't need sound effects. Wrong. The result sounds unfinished.
There is one aspect of Rogue's Gallery that baffles me. This is Eugor (pronounced Yugor), a cackling gremlin who appears in Rogue's head whenever the detective is knocked on the bean--which is constantly. The unconscious Rogue imagines himself transported to "Cloud Eight," where smart-ass Eugor berates him, discusses the plot, and offers advice. Then Rogue is returned to consciousness and goes on with the story. The whole thing is beyond weird. It seems we're supposed to believe Eugor is a product of Rogue's imagination. However the creature seems to be privy to things Rogue couldn't know. In one show both Rogue and a crook are knocked out. Eugor looks over at "Cloud Nine," sees the crook there, and tells Rogue that the man is still unconscious. To me the gimmick is a total misfire.
Still, the rest of Rogue's Gallery is strong enough that even giggling Eugor can't tank it. I recommend it.