CTVA US Crime - "Mike Hammer" (Revue/Syndicated)(1958-59) starring Darren McGavin

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Darren McGavin Series:
Crime Photographer (1951-52) -  Mike Hammer (1958-59) -  Riverboat (1959-61)
The Outsider (1968-69)  -  Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-75)

"Darren McGavin and Kathie Browne's Authorized Internet Web Page" 
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1958-59)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: John King, Sal Crisanti, Tom Alger, James Beer
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
Visit:-
"Darren McGavin and Kathie Browne's Authorized Internet Web Page"
<www.darrenmcgavin.net>

S.L. Kotar (Captain) <S.L.Kotar@tenetstl.com>

Mike Hammer (season 1) (Revue/Syndicated) (1958)
Mike Hammer (season 2) (Revue/Syndicated) (1959)

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Mickey Spillane's MIKE HAMMER
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Revue Productions, Inc. / MCA tv Exclusive Distributors
for
First-Run Syndication
Lou Wasserman, Head of MCA
Produced by Richard Irving

US Detective series 1958-59   78 episodes x 30 min bw
Starring:
Darren McGavin as Mike Hammer
recurring support cast:
Bart Burns as Capt. Pat Chambers, N.Y.P.D
Vito Scotti as Geta/ various characters
Joan Tabor as various characters (1959)

Premise:
Exploits of Mike Hammer, a rugged private detective based in New York.

Background:
Detective Mike Hammer returned to television in 1984-87 when Stacy Keach played the role.

Other Credits:
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DIRECTORS INCLUDED:
BORIS SAGAL, RICHARD IRVING, SIDNEY SALKOW, VIRGIL W. VOGEL,
SHERMAN MARKS
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ASSISTANT DIRECTORS INCLUDED:
JAMES HOGAN AND MILTON CARTER
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WRITERS INCLUDED:
FRANK KANE, STEVEN THORNLEY, LAWRENCE KIMBLE, FENTON EARNSHAW,
B.X. SANBORN
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EDITORIAL SUPERVISORS:
RICHARD G. WRAY AND BUD SMALL
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CINEMATOGRAPHERS INCLUDED:
JACK MACKENZIE, JOHN F. WARREN, RAY CORY
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MUSIC SUPERVISORS INCLUDED:
MAURY LEAF, HAROLD V. JOHNSON, FREDERICK HERBERT
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THEME MUSIC "Riff Blues" BY DAVID KAHN (& Melvyn Lennard?)
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STUNTS:
PAUL BAXLEY, DICK CROCKETT, DALE VAN SICKLE, KEN TERRELL,
RONNIE RONDELL, GEORGE ROBOTHAM, JOE YRIGOYAN, HAL NEEDHAM
ALAN PINSON and CHARLES HORVATH.
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FILMING LOCATIONS INCLUDED:
NEW YORK CITY (USING STAND-IN'S FOR THE REGULAR ACTORS), REPUBLIC STUDIOS BACK LOT [Sal Crisanti]
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Filming locations: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS BACKLOT.
Production of this series moved to Universal for about 13 or more episodes in the latter part of
season two, because of a change in the graphics for the episode title cards and end credits and
the switch from RCA to Westrex sound recording systems. [James Beer]

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############# Writer - Frank Kane ############
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The following is a profile about writer FRANK KANE who wrote some of the
better scripts for the MIKE HAMMER series.
Noted pulp fiction writer Frank Kane was a regular contributor to the popular
television series,"Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" (1958-1959). Frank was wrote
numerous books and short stories that were featured in detective magazines. He
also wrote a series of books about the adventures of a detective that he created
named 'Johnny Liddell'. Kane wrote scripts for popular radio and television shows
during the 40's and 50's. The series that brought him recognition was Mike Hammer.
His scripts were featured regularly during the series first season. Frank kane
was a master of mystery and suspence and loved to write about crime and related
tough guy characters. [Sal Crisanti]

The Internet Movie Database -  FRANK KANE  

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########### Writer - Lawrence Kimble ########
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You may have noticed that quite a few of the writing credits for
this series were written by Lawrence Kimble.
Kimble was one of the most prolific writers during the early days in
Hollywood. His career began in 1936. He wrote screenplays for many low budget
productions at different studios. From time to time he also scripted with
other writers on the same film. He was very active writing films until the
early 50's, when he began writing scripts for television. He was hired
by MCA tv/Revue Studios as a contract writer and began turning out original
stories and teleplays for tv series like:-
"City Detective" (1953-55),  "Soldiers of Fortune" (1955-57),
"State Trooper", (1957-59), "Mike Hammer" (1958-59),
"Coronado 9" (1959-60), and many more.
Lawrence Kimble was also part of a writing team, consisting of two other
very prolific writers. They were Barry Shipman and Fenton Earnshaw. It took
a very disciplined and creative individual to turn out script after script
during very short shooting schedules.
Lawrence Kimble was born in Bakerfield, California in 1904 and
left us on September 3, 1977. He was a gifted writer. [Sal Crisanti]

Lawrence Kimble  - Internet Movie Database

Mike Hammer (season 1) (Revue/Syndicated) (1958)
Mike Hammer (season 2) (Revue/Syndicated) (1959)

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