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The adventures of Mickey Spillane's tough-talking, brawling, skirt-chasing private detective Mike Hammer, who's always ready to use his fists on a "mug" or his charm on a "skirt" to get the case solved.
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Actor Darren McGavin Dies at 83
 (From WENN. 27 February 2006)

Actor Darren McGavin Dies at 83
 (From WENN. 24 February 2006)

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Darren McGavin ... Mike Hammer (79 episodes, 1958-1959)

Series Directed by
Boris Sagal (25 episodes, 1958-1959)
William Witney (13 episodes, 1959)
Richard Irving (11 episodes, 1958-1959)
John English (5 episodes, 1958)
Ray Nazarro (4 episodes, 1959)
Earl Bellamy (3 episodes, 1959)
Edward Ludlum (3 episodes, 1959)
Sidney Salkow (3 episodes, 1959)
Lawrence Dobkin (2 episodes, 1958)
Sherman Marks (2 episodes, 1958)
Frank Arrigo (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Writing credits
Mickey Spillane (78 episodes, 1958-1959)
Frank Kane (24 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ken Pettus (19 episodes, 1958-1959)
Bill S. Ballinger (11 episodes, 1959)
Fenton Earnshaw (7 episodes, 1958)
Lawrence Kimble (7 episodes, 1958)
Robert Turner (4 episodes, 1959)
Barry Shipman (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Curtis Cluff (2 episodes, 1958)
Richard Ellington (2 episodes, 1958)
Evan Hunter (2 episodes, 1958)

Series Cinematography by
Jack MacKenzie (43 episodes, 1958-1959)
John F. Warren (5 episodes, 1959)
John L. Russell (4 episodes, 1959)
Ray Rennahan (3 episodes, 1959)
William A. Sickner (3 episodes, 1959)
Bud Thackery (3 episodes, 1959)
William Bradford (2 episodes, 1958)
Ray Cory (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Film Editing by
Robert Seiter (16 episodes, 1958-1959)
Buddy Small (10 episodes, 1958-1959)
Dick Connors (6 episodes, 1958)
Victor Lewis (4 episodes, 1958)
William W. Moore (3 episodes, 1959)
Milton Shifman (2 episodes, 1959)

Sam E. Waxman (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Don Ament (32 episodes, 1958)
Frank Arrigo (23 episodes, 1958-1959)
John Meehan (4 episodes, 1959)
Loyd S. Papez (3 episodes, 1959)
Raymond Beal (2 episodes, 1959)
Arthur Lonergan (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Set Decoration by
James M. Walters Sr. (29 episodes, 1958-1959)
George Sawley (22 episodes, 1958)
William Stevens (9 episodes, 1958)
Ralph Sylos (3 episodes, 1958)
Series Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (59 episodes, 1958-1959)
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (35 episodes, 1958-1959)
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Hogan .... assistant director (32 episodes, 1958-1959)
Edward O. Denault .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1958)
Will Sheldon .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1959)
Kenneth Walters .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1958)
Ben Bishop .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959)
Edward K. Dodds .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959)
Frank Fox .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound (24 episodes, 1958)
John C. Grubb .... sound (9 episodes, 1958-1959)
Harold Hanks .... sound (9 episodes, 1958)
William H. Lynch .... sound (5 episodes, 1959)
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Stephen Bass .... sound (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound (3 episodes, 1959)
William Russell .... sound (3 episodes, 1959)
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Hal Needham .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ed Parker .... stunts (unknown episodes)
George Robotham .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James V. King .... camera operator (40 episodes, 1958)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor (36 episodes, 1958-1959)
Irving Levitt .... costume supervisor / costumer (31 episodes, 1958)
Series Editorial Department
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor (36 episodes, 1958-1959)
Buddy Small .... supervising film editor / editorial supervisor / ... (29 episodes, 1958)
Series Music Department
Maury Leaf .... music supervisor / music editor (33 episodes, 1958-1959)
Harold V. Johnson .... music supervisor (14 episodes, 1959)
Frederick Herbert .... music supervisor (8 episodes, 1959)
Joseph E. Romero .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1959)

Paul Dunlap .... composer: themes (unknown episodes)
Dave Kahn .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)

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Also Known As:
"Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" - USA (complete title)
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30 min (78 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

This was one of the programs that Bobby Rupp and murder victims Herbert, Nancy and Kenyon Clutter watched the evening that they were killed by Richard Eugene Hickcok and Perry Edward Smith (November 15th, 1959). Bobby Rupp was Nancy Clutter's boyfriend and went home before the killers arrived.See more »
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Referenced in Disneyland '59 (1959) (TV)See more »
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
He did it "camp" but he did it right., 26 February 2006
Author: revtg001 from United States

A lot of actors have played Mickey Spillane's bad boy. Anthony Quinn, Robert Bray, Biff Elliot, Stacey Keetch and Mickey himself. Nobody did it with the convincing style of Darren McGavin. His Mike Hammer was a laid back, class act. A friend of mine said it best. "This guy's the real thing," he said. "When he gets a bad guy down he doesn't hesitate to put feet on him 'til he knows he won't get up. That's real." They filmed 72 episodes of that show. I'd give big bucks to have them on a DVD. I remember watching the show in Texas. A beer company in San Antonio sponsored the show. Each episode opened with the camera moving onto Hammer's office where he sat behind his desk. He would say, "Come on in. I'm always ready for some company." And he would reach behind him to open a filing cabinet drawer and take out two bottles of Lone Star beer. The first time I saw that I said, This is going to work. I was right. McGavin did not like the character Mike Hammer. He thought the whole thing was a spoof and never took in seriously. That relaxed attitude is what made the show great.

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