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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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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)
King Calder ...
 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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This live NBC detective series debuted on 1 September 1949 and was last shown 17 June 1954. Title was shortened in August 1953 to "Martin Kane" and coincided with Kane no longer hanging out in the tobacco shop. Revived in 1957 in a syndicated version with William Gargan reprising his role as the original Kane. See more »

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Referenced in Texaco Star Theatre: Episode #6.11 (1954) 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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