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"Mike Hammer" Overdose of Lead (1958)

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Mickey Spillane (characters)
Fenton Earnshaw (teleplay)
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Original Air Date:
21 March 1958 (Season 1, Episode 10)
A nightclub singer asks Mike to get her out of a contract that's held by a mobster. The man claims the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Darren McGavin ... Mike Hammer

Constance Towers ... Jean Barr (as Connie Towers)

Grant Richards ... Bart Stengler
Eve McVeagh ... Veronica Karnes

Robert Quarry ... Ralph Shields
Theodore Newton ... Doc Karnes
Karl 'Killer' Davis ... Louis

Episode Crew
Directed by
Boris Sagal 
Writing credits
Mickey Spillane (characters)

Fenton Earnshaw (teleplay)

Curtis Cluff (story)

Cinematography by
Jack MacKenzie (director of photography) (as Jack Mackenzie)
Film Editing by
Victor Lewis  (as Victor C. Lewis Jr.)
Art Direction by
Don Ament 
Set Decoration by
George Sawley 
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Hogan .... assistant director (as James Hogan)
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
James V. King .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irving Levitt .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Buddy Small .... supervising film editor (as Budd Small)
Music Department
Maury Leaf .... music supervisor

Series Crew
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Film Editing by
Sam E. Waxman 
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Ed Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Dunlap .... composer: themes
Dave Kahn .... composer: theme music
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Additional Details

USA:30 min | USA:26 min (excluding commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording) | Mono

Did You Know?

Bart Stengler:You know, Hammer, you're all mixed up. You came in here, pushed your way in here, you give me orders - this is my country!
[presses buzzer]
Bart Stengler:You're a tourist.
[a hulking bodyguard enters the room]
Bart Stengler:Meet Louis, Hammer.
Mike Hammer:I don't have to; I can smell him.
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After this you can't miss being a star, 6 November 2014
Author: kapelusznik18 from United States

***SPOILERS*** Private eye Mike Hammer, Darren McGavin, gets involve in a blackmail shakedown that turns to murder with up and coming aspiring stripper and actress Jean Barr, Constance Towers, at the middle of this weird scenario. It's Jean who's being blackmailed to cough up $50,000.00 to keep a very incrimination photo of her and just deceased, by Mike Hammer, hoodlum Rick Glasser from being made public. If the photo makes the morning papers Jean's promising career as a showgirl and stripper as well as actress will end up in the garbage dump before it even starts!

As Hammer starts turning on the screws in the case up pops Doc & Veronica Kerns, Ted Newton & Eve McVeagh, who have the photo who demand from Jean, with Hammer being the middle-man, $5,000.00 to keep it from seeing the light of day. Hammer smelling a rat in all this realizes that it's Jean's crooked promoter Bart Stangler, Grant Richards, who's behind all this using the Karnes as human shields to take the hit if anything goes wrong which it does. Their both murdered before thy have time to collect their 5 G's.

***SPOILERS*** It's soon discovered by Hammer that both Stengler and Jean's manager Ralph shields, Robert Quarry, have been orchestrating this scam since Jean started making big money in show business and the photo by the Kearns was just what they needed to shake her down. But it's a mystery in just who financed Jean's career that's the key to this double-crossing and back-stabbing scam by both Stengler and Shields. And that's something that had even has the "I'v seen it all before" and hard boiled Mike Hammer go into a complete state of shock!

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