Rocky King, Detective (1950–1954)
"Inside Detective" (original title)

TV Series  |   |  Action, Drama, Crime
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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 (9 episodes, 1951-1954)
Grace Carney ...
 Mabel King / ... (8 episodes, 1951-1954)
Earl Hammond ...
 Sergeant Lane / ... (6 episodes, 1951-1953)
Ken Roberts ...
 Announcer (4 episodes, 1952-1953)


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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In a 1954 magazine interview, Roscoe Karns explained that he wrote or ad-libbed his discussions with wife "Mabel." He was later given on-screen credit for "additional dialogue" at the end of the show. See more »

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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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