Mike Hammer: Season 1, Episode 19

Music to Die By (23 May 1958)

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Joan Banks ...
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Wally Vernon ...
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Robert Nichols ...
Mel Sands
George Keymas ...
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Mike is asked to help a popular disk jockey who's been threatened by a powerful music producer to play her performers' songs or else. While Mike is trying to persuade the producer to back off, the disk jockey is brutally beaten, and Mike is fired as a result. When the DJ collapses from the injuries he's sustained, Mike decides he's been rehired and takes after the producer and her goons with a vengeance. Written by David Bassler

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Mark Michaels: Where is it?
Mike Hammer: So you get the statement - he can always sign another one.
Mark Michaels: Not unless he can operate a ouija board.
Mike Hammer: He's dead?
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3 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

MIKE HAMMER – Music to Die By – 1958

This is episode is number 19 of the 1958 to 1959 Private Eye series, MIKE HAMMER. The series starred Darren McGavin as the hard-boiled detective who takes no guff. The series was based on the top selling novels by Mikey Spillane. Every episode had the mandatory round of fly fists, chairs etc with some gun-play normally involved.

In this one, McGavin is hired to help out a buddy, Wally Vernon. Vernon is a disc jockey who is getting leaned on by big time producer, Joan Banks. Banks is not above using violence to get air time for her acts. Vernon does not want to play ball, and would like McGavin to look into the matter.

Banks is not happy with Vernon's plan. She sends over several gents with a definite anti-social attitude to have words with Vernon. Vernon now "decides" he really does not need McGavin's help after all, and fires him. Vernon however collapses shortly afterwards. It seems the beating Bank's men had given Vernon was more severe than needed.

McGavin of course is less than amused with this and goes after Banks, hired or not. The ever handy with a fist and a boot, McGavin, soon works over Bank's crew and gets the goods on the witch, Banks. It will be a vacation on the State's dime for them all.

This one is neat, fast, violent and to the point. What more can a guy ask for.


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