- Episodes originally aired in 1949-1950
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 58 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: April 4, 2006
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Alpha Video
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Debuting in 1949, Martin Kane was the first private eye on TV. A tough, no nonsense detective who's always in over his head, Kane's street smarts help him triumph in the end. The show was sponsored by the United States Tobacco Company and filled with vintage tobacco advertisements that were worked into its plot lines. Kane and his pals are regulars at the tobacco shop run by Happy McMann, played by Walter Kinsella, the only cast member to appear in all five seasons.
DOCTORED WILL: John Bixby is killed, and Kane has a hunch that the dead man's last will and testament can help solve the murder.
HOTEL CON GAME: A burlesque queen is strangled at a flophouse operated by a crooked psychic.
MURDER IN THE COURT: A killer on trial shoots the prosecutor in the courtroom with a gun belonging to his defense lawyer.
RECLUSIVE SISTERS: When a solicitor disappears after visiting the home of three shut-in sisters, Kane investigates and finds his mutilated body in a storage trunk.
The world's first television private detective, MARTIN KANE PRIVATE EYE gradually became a big hit as America tuned in to watch the affable yet street-smart detective take on the crooks of New York City. The show ran for five seasons with several different actors playing the role of Kane. Each manifestation of the gumshoe had a different style and attitude, but all, invariably, spent a lot of time in Happy McMann's Tobacco Shop (the show was sponsored by U.S. Tobacco). Like much of early television, the sets, props, plots, and extras left much to be desired, but Kane's wise-cracking mix of cynicism and sentimentality, and the juicy nature of the crimes, kept people coming back for more. Volume one features four vintage Kane cases: Kane finds the clues to man's murder in his will, a burlesque dancer is strangled at a flophouse operated by a disreputable psychic, a killer on trial murders the prosecuter in the courtroom, and Kane find the mutilated body of a solicitor in a trunk owned by three reclusive sisters.
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