Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997–1998)
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Songbird: Part 1 

Lila B is a singer who is romantically involved with a mobster, Johnny Dive. When she becomes a murder suspect, Mike tries to help.


Jonathan Winfrey


Peter McGovern (teleplay), Michael O'Connell (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Mike Hammer
Shane Conrad ... Nick Farrell
Shannon Whirry ... Velda
Kent Williams ... Dept. Mayor Barry Lawrence
Peter Jason ... Capt. Skip Gleason
Malgosia Tomassi Malgosia Tomassi ... Maya Ricci
Jack Sheldon ... Des Long
Moira Walley-Beckett ... Lila B. (as Moira Walley)
David Coburn ... Junior di Dominico
Ric Mancini Ric Mancini ... Don Vito Di Dominico
David Anderson David Anderson ... Fred Beal
Michael O'Connell ... Jackie, Skip's Son
Charles Emmett ... Cal Eden
Mo Gallini ... Robo Baroni (as Matt Gallini)
Frank Stallone ... Johnny Dive


Lila B is a singer who is romantically involved with a mobster, Johnny Dive. When she becomes a murder suspect, Mike tries to help.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, drug content and brief sexuality






Release Date:

10 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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Mike Hammer: Song Bird See more »

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Moira Walley-Beckett, who plays chanteuse Lila B., went on to produce "Breaking Bad." See more »


Follows Murder Me, Murder You (1983) See more »

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Hammer always comes through
20 November 2004 | by headhunter46See all my reviews

The bluesy, jazzy music in this episode sets the mood and the sultry voice over projects the viewer right into the action. I have always liked Stacy Keach as Hammer, he has a smooth easy going style that grows on you before the first viewing is over. You will either be hooked by Hammer or swear to never watch another one.

In this one, Hammer is his usual, cool as a cucumber self, even under fire and he cruises through the events piecing together what really happened. Thankfully he clues us in near the end.

There is a lot of great music (if you like jazz) and several gorgeous ladies for the guys and some hunky fellas for the gals to ogle. There is enough intrigue to keep you interested, but not so much as to bog down the plot.

There are no super duper special effects or superhuman feats here, just good old fashioned, private eye, chasing down the clues stuff.

I give this one 7/10

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