1 9 5 8 – 1 9 5 9 (UK)
39 x 30 minute episodes
Aimed at the American market, Dial 999 was billed as the British equivalent of Highway Patrol and starred Canadian actor Robert Beatty (pictured below left) as Detective Inspector Michael McGuire.
McGuire was a ‘Mountie’ from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on temporary assignment to Scotland Yard to study advanced crime detection techniques.
He was assisted by Detective Inspector Winter (Duncan Lamont) and Detective Sergeant West (John Witty).
A number of scenes were shot at Elstree Studios, but the shows large budget ($1¼ million) allowed for extensive location scenes in the streets of London and other provincial British cities.
The series was made with the cooperation of the real Scotland Yard and utilised real police methods of the time.
Police advisor to the series was an ex-Superintendent by the name of Tom Fallon.
DI Michael McGuire
The Killing Job | Special Mission | Illegal Entry | The Great Gold Robbery | Thames Division | Missing Person | Honeymoon | Commando Crook | 77 Bus | Night Mail | Escape | The Big Fish | Special Branch | The Mechanical Watchman | Ghost Squad | 50,000 Hands | Fashions in Crime | Rolling Racketeers | 24 Hours a Day | Hunter, Hunted | A Mined Area | The Barge Burglars | Old Soldiers Sometimes Die | Extradition | Gun Rule | Key Witness | Down to the Sea | The Exception to the Rule | Deadly Blackmail | Payroll Job | The Motorbike Bandits | Living Loot | An Inside Job | Picture Puzzle | Rat Trap | Heads or Tails | Radio Active | Robbery with Violence | Death Ride