CTVA US Crime - "Martin Kane, Private Eye" (NBC) (1949-53) Wm Gargan, Lloyd Nolan, Lee Tracy

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Martin Kane (US)(live)(1949-53) Martin Kane (Europe)(1953-54)  Martin Kane (UK)(1957-58)
Martin Kane
Private Eye (US/live)(1949-53)

Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Robert B.Huggins , Rina Fox,  Jeannette Sloniowski
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Source: Critics Choice  DVD Cat No. 
CCD001131   [RBH]
Source: ALPHA VIDEO  [JS]
Source: CORINTH FILMS

Broadcast Live
NBC Production
NBC ( Thursdays 10:00 pm EST)
Produced by Edward C. Kahan,

US Private Detective series 1949-53       eps x 30 min
Starring:
William Gargan as Martin Kane (1949-51) (live)(seasons 1-2)
Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane (1951-52) (live) (season 3)
Lee Tracy as Martin Kane (1952-53) (live) (season 4)
Supporting Cast:
Walter Kinsella as Happy McMann (1949-1954)
Don Morrow as Don (replaced Happy) (1954)
Fred Hillebrand as Lt. Bender (1949-1950)
Horace McMahon as Capt. Willis (1950-1951)
Nicholas Saunders as Sgt. Ross (1950-1952)
Walter Greaza as Capt. Leonard (1951)
Frank Thomas as Capt. Burke (1951-1952)
King Calder as Lt. Grey (1952-1954)

########## Martin Kane, Private Eye ##########
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Broadcast Live NBC Production
NBC Thursdays 10:00 pm EST
Starring: William Gargan as Martin Kane

########## Martin Kane, Private Eye ##########
############## season 2 1950-51 ##############
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Broadcast Live NBC Production
NBC Thursdays 10:00 pm EST
Starring: William Gargan as Martin Kane

2.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye: (live) MOVIE THEATRE MURDER
15-Feb-1951 NBC Thur (date listed on the DVD box cover)
Source: "1950s TV's Greatest Detectives" DVD  from the Falcon Picture Group[RBH]
(http://www.falconpicturegroup.com).

Produced and Directed by Frank Burns
Written by Henry Kane
Starring:
William Gargan as Martin Kane
With:
Walter Kinsella as Happy McMann,
Walter Greaza as Capt. Leonard
Nicholas Saunders as Sgt. Ross
Guest Cast:
Brook Byron ........... Irene Daly
Joel Ashley ........... Edward Daly
Harold J. Stone ....... Nicholas Carutopolous
Gloria Strook ......... Marianne
Treva Frazee .......... Patricia
Jimmy Sheridan ........ Bank Teller
Bob Shawley ........... Usher
Larry Kerr ............ Philip Stone
*
Clothes from Martini Designed, Inc.
Furs from Bernham-Stein
Music by Charles Paul
Technical Direction by O. Tamburri
Comments:
This was definitely filmed live (at one point, a camera setting up
for a subsequent shot comes into view). The commercials, for the United States
Tobacco Company, are integrated -- not too well -- into the story as we see
three different brands of pipe tobacco, Old Briar, Model, and Tweed's Best.

2.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye: (live) THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY KILLER (1951)
Source: Critics Choice DVD – Catalog # CCD 1131 [RBH]
01-Mar-1951 NBC Thur
Music by Charles Paul
Written by Henry Kane
Technical Direction by O. Tamburri
Produced and Directed by Frank Burns
Presented by United States Tobacco Company
Starring:
William Gargan as Martin Kane
With:
Walter Kinsella as Happy McMann
Walter Greaza as Capt. Leonard
Nicholas Saunders as Sgt. Ross
Guest Cast:
Vinton Hayworth ......... Jeffrey O’Donnell
Will Hare ............... John Blake
Mary Alice Moore ........ Sally Wright
Frank de Kova ........... Thomas Randall
Calvin Thomas ........... Judge Peters
Gene O’Donnell .......... Kennedy
Ronald Dawson ........... Dominick Salvatore
John Boruff ............. Harrison
Rupert LaBelle .......... Dr. Ralph Britt
Milton Frome ............ Bob Murphy
Mason Curry ............. Harry Wright
Synopsis (from DVD):
Lawyers and convicts are investigated for their involvement
in the courtroom murder of a District Attorney.

2.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye: (live) FACE OF THE INVENTOR
22-Mar-1951 NBC Thur
Starring: William Gargan as Martin Kane

2.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live):
ALTERED WILL (1951) (Critics Choice title)
a.k.a THE DOCTORED WILL (1951) (Corinth Films & Alpha Video title)
Source: Critics Choice DVD – Catalog # CCD 1131 [RBH]
Source: Corinth Films DVD #103
Source: Alpha Video DVD

Music by Charles Paul
Written by Henry Kane
Technical Direction by O. Tamburri
Produced and Directed by Frank Burns
Presented by United States Tobacco Company
Starring:
William Gargan as Martin Kane
With:
Walter Kinsella as Happy McMann
Loring Smith as Capt. Evans
Nicholas Saunders as Sgt. Ross
Guest Cast:
Lawrence Fletcher ....... Henry Hackett
Sylvia Stone ............ Shirley West
Mary LaRoche ............ Rhonda Noble
Jim Nolan ............... Steve Jensen
Stewart Bradley ......... Kharl Bixby
Farrell Pelly ........... Scientist
Thomas M. Heaphy ........ John Bixby
Synopsis 1 :
A number of people named in a will are investigated as
suspects in a murder that was made to look like a burglary. [from Critics Choice DVD]
Synopsis 2:
A wealthy inventor is murdered in an apparent burglary attempt.
However, nothing was stolen and the only thing he had in his safe
was his will and diary. Something has b... [Corinth Films DVD]
Synopsis 3:
John Bixby is killed, and Kane has a hunch that the dead man's
last will and testament can help solve the murders. [JS]

2.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): OLD MAJOR'S MURDER (1951)
Corinth Films DVD #101
Starring: William Gargan as Martin Kane
Synopsis:
The cantankerous Major Ashley, who has bored many a guest with his
adventure stories, and evoked their envy with his collection of
emeralds, is found shot to death. Moll... [Corinth Films]

2.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): MURDER IN THE COURT (1951)
Corinth Films DVD #102
Alpha Video DVD

Starring: William Gargan as Martin Kane
Synopsis 1:
While on the stand as a witness in an unrelated case, a death row
convict guns down the D.A. whom he has always sworn to kill. Who
helped him get the gun... and why? Kane... [Corinth Films]
Synopsis 2:
A Killer on trial shoots the prosecutor in the courtroom
with a gun belonging to his defence lawyer. [JS]

2.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): HOTEL CON-GAME (1951)
Corinth Films DVD #104
Alpha Video DVD
Starring: William Gargan as Martin Kane
Synopsis 1:
Mme. Zwinek and her pickpocket pal have conned Warren Smith, a
permanent guest in her hotel, out of his life savings. Warren's
girlfriend, burlesque dancer Mildred Lowe, ... [Corinth Films]
Synopsis 2:
A burlesque queen is strangled at a flophouse operated by
a crooked psychic [JS]

2.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live):  THE RECLUSIVE SISTERS (1951)
Corinth Films DVD #105
Alpha Video DVD

Starring: William Gargan as Martin Kane
Synopsis 1:
Three odd sisters are living in their long-dead father's mansion.
Their money has all run out and their financial manger, John Marks,
has come to tell them of their evict... [Corinth Films]
Synopsis 2:
When a solicitor disappears after visiting the home of three
shut-in sisters, Kane investigates and finds his mutilated body
in a storage trunk. [JS]

########## Martin Kane, Private Eye ##########
############## season 3 1951-52 ##############
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Broadcast Live NBC Production
NBC Thursdays 10:00 pm EST
Starring: Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane
season 3 premiered 31Aug1951

 

3.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): (see above)
6-Sep-1951 NBC Thur 10:00pm
Starring: Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane

3.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): PEANUT DOPEY
20-Dec-1951 NBC Thur
Starring: Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane

3.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): JOHNNY SILVER/ NIGHTCLUB MURDER
31-Jan-1952 NBC Thur
Starring: Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane

3.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): A JOCKEY IS MURDERED (1951)
Corinth Films DVD #106
Starring: Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane
Synopsis:
Eddie Stevens, a jockey heavily in debt to loan sharks, is killed
right after his horse loses a race that he was a shoe-in to win.
When it becomes obvious that the loan s... [Corinth Films]

3.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): REST HOME MURDER (1951)
Corinth Films DVD #107
Alpha Video DVD

Starring: Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane (to be verified)
Synopsis 1:
Kane gets a call from an old client who has been drugged and taken to
the Seaton Rest Home for "treatment." His sister has had him committed
for "squand... [Corinth Films]
Synopsis 2:
When an affluent patient dies in an asylum, Kane suspects foul play. [JS]

3.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): A CROONER IS MURDERED (1952)
Corinth Films DVD #108
Alpha Video DVD

Starring: Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane
Synopsis 1:
Kane unravels a tale of secret marriages, secret loves, stolen songs,
and broken dreams as he investigates the killing of a night-club crooner....
[Corinth Films]
Synopsis 2:
Everyone in a nightclub has a grudge against a singer who has just
been shot to death. [JS]
 
3.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): BLACK PEARLS (1952) (verified -JS)
Corinth Films DVD #109
Alpha Video DVD

27-Mar-1952 NBC Thur (live)
Produced and Directed by: Frank Burns
Written by Don Sanford
Sponsor: United States Tobacco Company
(Old Brian Pipe Tobacco, Sano Cigarettes, Encore Cigarettes, Dill's Best Tobacco)
Starring:
Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane
With:
Walter Kinsella as Happy McMann (recurring)
King Calder as Lt. Grey (recurring)
Guest Cast:
Mary Alice Moore
Edith King
Eugene Baxter
Richard Purdy
Jack MacGreggor
*
Clothes: Gunther Jaeckel
Music: Charles Paul
Settings: Robert C. MacKichan
Technical Director: O. Tamburri
Synopsis 1:
Martin Kane receives an anonymous letter asking him to pose as a
reporter on the yacht of Angus Redfield, millionaire pearl collector.
Angus is found dead, but the cause... [Corinth Films]
Synopsis 2:
Police name Kane as the primary suspect when his wealthy client is killed. [JS]

3.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): THE DOPE PUSHERS (1952)
Corinth Films DVD #110
Starring: Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane (to be verified)
Synopsis:
Teenagers are getting hooked on drugs and Martin Kane is determined
to break up the dope ring. Staking out a candy store whose owner was
killed by a juvenile addict, Kan... [Corinth Films]

3.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye (live): A JOCKEY IS MURDERED
Alpha Video DVD
Starring: Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane
Synopsis:
A jockey favoured to win throws
the race and is fatally stabbed. Kane must figure out who is
behind the double cross. [JS]

########## Martin Kane, Private Eye ##########
############## season 4 1952-53 ##############
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Broadcast Live NBC Production
NBC Thursdays 10:00 pm EST
Starring Lee Tracy as Martin Kane

4.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye: (live) (verified - JS)
(episode title not known - possibly TROUBLE ON BOARD)
(verified -JS)
Source: Foothill Video. V. poor picture quality, taken from a Kinescope.
1953 - Original airdate not known
Starring: Lee Tracy as Martin Kane
With:
Walter Kinsella as Happy McMann (recurring)
King Calder as Lt. Grey (recurring)
Guest Cast:
Majorie Steele
Henry Lascoe
Harold J. Stone
Humphrey Davey
*
Music: Charles Paul
Written by Paul Dudley
Directed by Edgar C. Kahn
Produced by Frank Burns
sets by Robert C. MacKichan
Technical Director: O. Tamburri
Synopsis:
Masquerading as a sailor, Kane investigates the disappearance of a young crew
member and discovers the activities of a drug ring. [JS]

4.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye: (live) TROUBLE ON BOARD
1953
Starring Lee Tracy as Martin Kane

4.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye: (live) COMIC STRIP KILLER
23-Apr-1953 NBC Thur
Starring Lee Tracy as Martin Kane

4.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye: (live) EYEWITNESS RESURFACES
28-May-1953 NBC Thur
Starring Lee Tracy as Martin Kane

4.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye: (live) SUBWAY SWITCH/ PAPER BAG ROBBERY
11-Jun-1953 NBC Thur
Starring Lee Tracy as Martin Kane

4.xx [--] Martin Kane, Private Eye: (live) BEAUTY QUEEN/ TRIP TO BERMUDA
25-Jun-1953 NBC Thur
Starring Lee Tracy as Martin Kane
Guest Cast: Eva Marie Saint.

(final episode of season 4 - 20Aug53)

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