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Martin Kane 

Martin Kane, Private Eye (original title)
Private detective Martin Kane works in New York solving crimes. Depending on the year, Kane was either smooth and suave or hard bitten and the cooperation he received from the police ... See full summary »
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1954   1953   1952   1951   … See all »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Walter Kinsella Walter Kinsella ...  Happy McMann 26 episodes, 1949-1954
Nicholas Saunders Nicholas Saunders ...  Sgt. Ross 17 episodes, 1950-1954
King Calder ...  Lt. Grey / ... 15 episodes, 1952-1954
William Gargan ...  Martin Kane 12 episodes, 1949-1951
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Private detective Martin Kane works in New York solving crimes. Depending on the year, Kane was either smooth and suave or hard bitten and the cooperation he received from the police depended on the year. The only constant was Happy McMann's tobacco shop where Kane hung out. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Martin Kane See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During the first four seasons of the show (1949-1953), Martin Kane (1949) was also a weekly radio show. Radio episodes were broadcast Sunday nights on the Mutual (1949-51) and NBC Radio networks (1951-53), while television episodes were broadcast Thursday nights on NBC Television. During their respective seasons in the lead role, William Gargan, Lloyd Nolan, and Lee Tracy played Martin Kane on both the radio and television shows. For the final season, the radio show was canceled, and Mark Stevens played the part on television only. See more »

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Followed by The New Adventures of Martin Kane (1957) See more »

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Old Briar Pipe Tobacco
17 February 2008 | by frontrowkid2002See all my reviews

I recall listening to Martin Kane Private Eye on radio back about 1949. It was on late Sunday afternoons, about 4:30 p.m on Mutual after Nick Carter and before the Shadow. The irony of old time radio was that they had a lot of detective and crime shows on Sunday, when you would have thought people would have objected to the violence. Nevertheless, radio drama being what it was, it did not cross over the boundaries of good taste. I recalled that Martin Kane was sponsored by a pipe tobacco, but could never recall the name. A check in John Dunning's Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio only gave U.S. Tobacco as the sponsor. After some diligent checking, I found it was Old Briar Pipe Tobacco and recalled William Gargan smoking a pipe in magazine ads as well as on television. Apparently, there were other tobacco products that sponsored the show (Sano Cigarettes, etc.) but my recollection of Gargan was that he usually had a pipe in his mouth. Ironically, his tobacco addiction led to his cancer and made him an early spokesman against smoking.


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