Martin Kane, Private Eye - 1949-1954

Martin Kane, Private Eye

Martin Kane, Private Eye was the very first television detective series that began in the fall of 1949. It was first a radio show airing from 1949-1952 on the Mutual Broadcasting System with actors Lloyd Nolan and Lee Tracy playing the part of a New York City private eye. About a month after the radio show launched NBC television network produced a television version of the private eye, and each venue aired totally different episodes, written just for radio and television. The television version ran from 1949-1954, beginning with William Gargan as the intrepid detective for the first two years, and for season three in 1951 the radio actor Lloyd Nolan took over as the television Martin Kane, and the next season Lee Tracy became the privete eye. It was broadcast live each week, and you will see many line flubs and other errors as you watch television history in the making. Many authorities believe that only 5 episodes of the show exist from kinescope copies, but I have found 14 of the shows and present them here.

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1950, Martin Kane, Private Eye - Murder on Ice
Starring William Gargan, Roland Winters, Marcia Henderson and William Free

May 31, 1951, Martin Kane, Private Eye - The Fortune Teller
Starring William Gargan, Mercer McLeod, Bertha Belmore and Jem Benet

1951, Martin Kane, Private Eye - The Altered Will
Starring William Gargan, Loring Smith, Sylvia Stone and Mary LaRoche

1951, Martin Kane, Private Eye - Murder in the Court
Starring William Gargan, Frank DeKova, Ronald Dawson and Will Hare

1951, Martin Kane, Private Eye - Reclusive Sisters
Starring William Gargan, Una O'Connor, Nydia Westman and Florence Robinson

January 31, 1952, Martin Kane, Private Eye - A Crooner is Murdered
Starring Lloyd Nolan, Rita Lynn, Harry Worth and Joann Dolan

March 27, 1952, Martin Kane, Private Eye - Black Pearls
Starring Lloyd Nolan, Mary Alice Moore, Edith King and Richard Purdy

1952, Martin Kane, Private Eye - Rest Home Murder
Starring Lloyd Nolan, Judith Evelyn, Robert Emhardt and Eddie Hyans

1952, Martin Kane, Private Eye - Trouble On Board
Starring Lee Tracy, Marjorie Steele, Harold J. Stone and Dennis Harrison

April 23, 1953, Martin Kane, Private Eye - The Comic Strip Killer
Starring Lee Tracy, Beverly Whitney, Dehl Berti and Michael Higgins

June 25, 1953, Martin Kane, Private Eye - Trip to Bermuda
Starring Lee Tracy, Eva Marie Saint, J. Pat O'Malley and Stephen Elliott

1953, Martin Kane, Private Eye - The Nevans Murder Trial
Starring Lee Tracy, Harry Townes, Jimmy Little and Faith Brook

April 8, 1954, Martin Kane, Private Eye - The Shoeshine Murder
Starring Mark Stevens, Davy Corbin, King Calder and Mary Johnson

May 20, 1954, Martin Kane, Private Eye - The Milk Bottle Burgler
Starring Mark Stevens, Elaine Joyce, Raymond Bramley and Donald Briggs