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Mike Hammer 

The adventures of Mickey Spillane's tough-talking, brawling, skirt-chasing private detective Mike Hammer, who's always ready to use his fists on a "mug" or his charm on a "skirt" to get the case solved.
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Darren McGavin ...  Mike Hammer 79 episodes, 1958-1959
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The adventures of Mickey Spillane's tough-talking, brawling, skirt-chasing private detective Mike Hammer, who's always ready to use his fists on a "mug" or his charm on a "skirt" to get the case solved.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer See more »

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Revue Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(78 episodes)

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of the programs that Bobby Rupp and murder victims Herbert, Nancy, and Kenyon Clutter watched the evening that they were killed by Richard Eugene Hickcok and Perry Edward Smith (November 15, 1959). Bobby Rupp was Nancy Clutter's boyfriend, and went home before the killers arrived. See more »

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Referenced in The Hebrew Hammer (2003) See more »

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Riff Blues
(uncredited)
Written by Dave Kahn
(series theme)
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He did it "camp" but he did it right.
26 February 2006 | by revtg001See all my reviews

A lot of actors have played Mickey Spillane's bad boy. Anthony Quinn, Robert Bray, Biff Elliot, Stacey Keetch and Mickey himself. Nobody did it with the convincing style of Darren McGavin. His Mike Hammer was a laid back, class act. A friend of mine said it best. "This guy's the real thing," he said. "When he gets a bad guy down he doesn't hesitate to put feet on him 'til he knows he won't get up. That's real." They filmed 72 episodes of that show. I'd give big bucks to have them on a DVD. I remember watching the show in Texas. A beer company in San Antonio sponsored the show. Each episode opened with the camera moving onto Hammer's office where he sat behind his desk. He would say, "Come on in. I'm always ready for some company." And he would reach behind him to open a filing cabinet drawer and take out two bottles of Lone Star beer. The first time I saw that I said, This is going to work. I was right. McGavin did not like the character Mike Hammer. He thought the whole thing was a spoof and never took in seriously. That relaxed attitude is what made the show great.


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