- Episodes originally aired 1952-1953
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: April 29, 2008
- Originally Released: 1952
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
Lee Tracy, the fastest talker in Hollywood movies, stars as Martin Kane, a no-nonsense private detective whose forceful personality and fierce determination can be counted on to crack any murder case. Inheriting the role from Lloyd Nolan, Tracy headlined these suspenseful mysteries live on NBC in 1952 and 1953. The Emmy-nominated show, sponsored by the United States Tobacco Company, was 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.
Nevans Murder Trial: At a murder trial, the tough defendant vows revenge against the bookkeeper that testified against him. Meanwhile, a mystery woman targets other witnesses for killing.
Missing Seaman: After two narcotics smugglers fatally stab a witness aboard a freighter, Martin Kane goes undercover as a seaman. Harold J. Stone guest stars as the ship's sadistic first mate.
The Beauty Queen Murder: The lovely Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront and North by Northwest) plays beauty queen / barfly Sheila Dixon, whose fatal visit to Bermuda has Kane working overtime to snare her killer.
The Comic Strip Killer: A cartoonist bases his latest crime comic strip on a real unsolved homicide. He intends to publish the actual killer's true identity, but is murdered before he can reveal it.
The world's first television detective, MARTIN KANE PRIVATE EYE gradually became a big hit as America tuned in to watch the affable yet streetsmart 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 wisecracking mix of cynicism and sentimentality, as well as the juicy nature of the crimes, kept people coming back for more. This collection presents four episodes: "Nevans Murder Trial," "Missing Seaman," "The Beauty Queen Murder," and "The Comic Strip Killer."