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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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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.See more »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Lee Tracy as Martin Kane, 5 April 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

One of the first shows I watched when we got our television in 1953 was "Martin Kane, Private Eye" starring Lee Tracy. I remember being disappointed when Tracy was replaced by Mark Stevens. The show's producers made a big deal about the switch. The new Martin Kane was introduced as Tracy left the series. As it turned out Mark Stevens was almost as good as Tracy in the pivotal lead role.

Recently I watched earlier live Martin Kane programs on DVD starring Lloyd Nolan. While I still prefer Lee Tracy in the part, Nolan was very good, especially considering I was viewing a Kinescope made over 50 years ago. One of the episodes I watched, "Rest Home Murder," was at times creepy and very violent, even by today's TV standards. There was a goon-like muscle man who kept the patients in line by brute force, intimidation, and even murder. Seems the head of the nursing home was a greedy woman who "took care" of the occupants to get a cut of the inheritance money from equally mercenary relatives. One of the tortured souls is able to contact Martin Kane by phone, but not without being overhead on the extension. Kane finds himself in a situation where he may very well be the next victim.

Some viewers may find the tobacco ads which are interwoven with the plot offensive. Yet the same thing goes on today in movies, if not on TV. When you see Ford or Chevy cars used exclusively in a film, then you're looking at a commercial for those companies interwoven into the plot. "Martin Kane, Private Eye" came by the method honestly. It was already a mainstay of old time radio. Most early TV programs were patterned after radio shows of the day, though I did think it quaint that the camera zeroed in on a package of Old Briar Pipe Tobacco for several seconds after Kane filled his pipe and lit it. The benefit of interwoven commercials is obvious: There are no interruptions from the story with one-minute product promotions.

Postscript: There was a real-life Martin Kane. He was an executive with the advertising agency that produced the series.

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