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Rocky King, Detective 

Inside Detective (original title)
At the end of each show, Rocky King (Roscoe Karns) calls his wife, Mable, and says, "Case is closed Mable, I'm coming home".




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Series cast summary:
 Police Inspector Rocky King / ... (10 episodes, 1950-1954)
Grace Carney ...
 Mabel King / ... (8 episodes, 1951-1954)
Earl Hammond ...
 Sergeant Lane / ... (6 episodes, 1951-1953)


One of DuMont's most popular and lasting programs, this live crime series was set in New York. It not only kept Roscoe Karns from retirement but cast him opposite his son Todd. The DuMont offices and corridors were used as sets. At the end of each program, Rocky King would exchange telephone small talk with his unseen wife Mabel and, after hanging up, say to no one in particular, "Great girl, that Mabel." Written by Hup234!

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Action | Drama | Crime | Mystery





Release Date:

14 January 1950 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Actress Grace Carney provided the voice of Rocky's wife, Mabel, who was never seen on camera. This practice originated on an early episode when Carney, who was hired for another role, was asked to double as Rocky's wife. Since there was no time for wardrobe or makeup changes, she acted the part in voice only, with Roscoe Karns ad-libbing to his off-screen wife. Viewers liked the idea, and Carney continued unseen for the rest of the series' five-year run. They also had a son - also heard, but never seen - called "Junior." See more »

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Long term memories
4 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I used to watch this as a kid and I mean kid: I was five when it went on the air and I don't believe I ever missed an episode. Maybe because my father was a detective, but I would beg to be allowed to stay up and and watch Rocky King. Roscoe Karns was as real as any detective I knew and I knew all of them at the local police department. They all looked just like average men and Karns fit in perfectly. I am sure by today's standards this show looked hokey but back then it was as real as walking in the detective offices where my dad worked. Interesting how some shows just stick in the memory. Recently I found an old episode on the Internet and as I watched it I waited for that trademark ending wherein Karns would be on the phone with his wife and after hanging up would say, "Wonderful girl that Mabel." Wonderful show that Rocky King.

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