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Martin Kane 

Martin Kane, Private Eye (original title)
Private detective Martin Kane works in New York solving crimes. Depending on the year, Kane was either smooth and suave or hard bitten and the cooperation he received from the police ... See full summary »
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1954   1953   1952   1951   … See all »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
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Walter Kinsella ...
 Happy McMann (26 episodes, 1949-1954)
Nicholas Saunders ...
 Sgt. Ross (17 episodes, 1950-1954)
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 Lt. Grey / ... (15 episodes, 1952-1954)
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 Martin Kane (12 episodes, 1949-1951)
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Private detective Martin Kane works in New York solving crimes. Depending on the year, Kane was either smooth and suave or hard bitten and the cooperation he received from the police depended on the year. The only constant was Happy McMann's tobacco shop where Kane hung out. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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1 September 1949 (USA)  »

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The show was sponsored by the United States Tobacco Company. In every episode, Martin Kane would stop by the tobacco shop owned by Happy McMann (Walter Kinsella), who would slip in a plug for the sponsor's tobacco products, such as Sano and Encore Cigarettes, and Old Briar pipe tobacco. In the final season, Kane no longer stopped by the tobacco shop, but it was still used as the setting for the show's commercials. See more »

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Featured in Married Life (2007) See more »

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Old Briar Pipe Tobacco
17 February 2008 | by (Hamilton OHIO) – See all my reviews

I recall listening to Martin Kane Private Eye on radio back about 1949. It was on late Sunday afternoons, about 4:30 p.m on Mutual after Nick Carter and before the Shadow. The irony of old time radio was that they had a lot of detective and crime shows on Sunday, when you would have thought people would have objected to the violence. Nevertheless, radio drama being what it was, it did not cross over the boundaries of good taste. I recalled that Martin Kane was sponsored by a pipe tobacco, but could never recall the name. A check in John Dunning's Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio only gave U.S. Tobacco as the sponsor. After some diligent checking, I found it was Old Briar Pipe Tobacco and recalled William Gargan smoking a pipe in magazine ads as well as on television. Apparently, there were other tobacco products that sponsored the show (Sano Cigarettes, etc.) but my recollection of Gargan was that he usually had a pipe in his mouth. Ironically, his tobacco addiction led to his cancer and made him an early spokesman against smoking.


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