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Release Date:
1 September 1949 (USA) See more »
Private detective Martin Kane works in New York solving crimes. Depending on the year, Kane was either... See more »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 43)
Walter Kinsella ... Happy McMann (26 episodes, 1949-1954)
Nicholas Saunders ... Sgt. Ross (17 episodes, 1950-1954)

King Calder ... Lt. Grey / ... (15 episodes, 1952-1954)

William Gargan ... Martin Kane (12 episodes, 1949-1951)

Series Directed by
Frank Burns (12 episodes, 1950-1952)
Edgar C. Kahn (7 episodes, 1952-1954)
A. Edward Sutherland (2 episodes, 1949-1950)

Peter Maxwell (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Alvin Boretz (28 episodes, 1950-1954)
Donald S. Sanford (17 episodes, 1950-1952)
Henry Kane (7 episodes, 1951-1952)
Lawrence Young (3 episodes, 1953)
Paul Dudley (2 episodes, 1952-1953)

Series Produced by
Frank Burns .... producer (13 episodes, 1950-1952)
Edgar C. Kahn .... producer (6 episodes, 1953-1954)

William Gargan .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Charles Paul (20 episodes, 1950-1954)
Series Set Decoration by
Robert MacKichan (1 episode, 1952)
Series Costume Design by
Sano & Pruzan Monte (1 episode)
Series Art Department
Robert MacKichan .... settings / set designer (11 episodes, 1951-1954)
Bob Krouskoff .... graphic artist (2 episodes, 1954)
Series Music Department
Charles Paul .... music / composer: theme music / ... (4 episodes, 1951-1952)
Series Other crew
O. Tamburri .... technical director (17 episodes, 1951-1954)
Dan Zampino .... technical director (2 episodes, 1953)

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Also Known As:
"Martin Kane, Private Eye" - USA (original title)
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30 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Main character Martin Kane was played by four actors during the run of this program.See more »
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Old Briar Pipe Tobacco, 17 February 2008
Author: Mike Newton ( from Hamilton OHIO

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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