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New York City. 1958. In these concrete canyons, everybody's got an angle: The beauty with the sob story who killed her old man. The harmless geezer who's in bed with the mob. The kidnapped broad who's really a fraud. When a case gets too twisted for the cops, only one man can straighten it out: two-fisted gumshoe Mike Hammer.
Created by legendary crime novelist Mickey Spillane, Mike Hammer was brought to television for the first time in 1958, with Darren McGavin (Kolchak: The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story) as the hardboiled private eye. Pummeled for its "excessive and gratuitous violence" (by 1950's standards), the show was, nevertheless, instantly successful - thanks, in part, to McGavin's tongue-in-cheek charm.
Here for the first time on DVD is the complete 78-episode run of the groundbreaking series MICKEY SPILLANE'S MIKE HAMMER, featuring the original jazz theme, Riff Blues and an unforgettable cast of conmen, crooks, killers and femmes fatale played by such notables as Angie Dickinson, Ted Knight, Barbara Bain, Marion Ross, Dick Van Patten and Robert Vaughn.
ALL 78 EPISODES ON 12 DISCS
Crime novelist Mickey Spillane's hard-boiled alter ego, private eye Mike Hammer, made his television debut in this syndicated action series, which ran from 1957 to 1959 and featured TV favorite Darren McGavin (Kolchak: The Night Stalker) as Hammer. The format is strictly by the books: Hammer takes a case that is sorted out by the 24-minute mark by a combination of fast talk and fists, with a liberal application of .38-caliber punctuation. Bart Burns is on hand as police lieutenant Pat Chambers, who provides Hammer with sage advice and admonishments against going too far in his pursuit of justice, and the guest cast of good guys, heels, and dames is filled out by familiar TV faces, including Angie Dickinson, Robert Vaughn, Mike Connors, Lorne Greene, and DeForest Kelly. McGavin's turn as Hammer is appropriately tough when the chips are down, but for the most part, he's an amiable sort, sweet with the ladies and balancing a tone that falls somewhere between world-weary and tongue-in-cheek (which was reportedly McGavin's idea, and ran contrary to the producers' wishes). He hews a lot closer to Stacy Keach's TV interpretation, or even McGavin's later, iconic turn as Kolchak (who also had a way with a voice-over), than the brutal avenger of Spillane's novels. If you're looking for that version, stick with Ralph Meeker, the best screen Hammer, in Robert Aldrich's harrowing Kiss Me Deadly (1955), but if it's a nostalgic dose of '50s TV detective fare you're after, McGavin's Mike Hammer has the goods. The A&E set features all 78 episodes of the series' two-season run, with no extras; image quality, as an onscreen disclaimer notes, is decent but not crystal clear, and there are no extras. --Paul Gaita
this is the best Mike Hammer to date.
Daren is Wonderful! must also see his Kolchak the night stalker.
I enjoy all the old TV shows. There by far more enjoyable then the crap that's on TV these days.Published 1 month ago by lashlarue
Great clothes and cars!! Story line's kinda corny but for a half hour show okay.Published 2 months ago by Denise T.
Very well done. I'd been a fan of this series since one of the local b-side broadcast channels carried it a couple Summers back. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thom Rayne
Darren McGavin is just a darn good actor. Wish I had seen this series when I was younger, but somehow it didn't wind up in the re-run schedules. Get this ! Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. J. Bennett
Excellent imaging and audio quality. I'm a huge fan of ANYTHING Darren McGavin so this was a no brainer for me. The plots are fairly simple but still enjoyable. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James T Robinson
Great show with Darren McGavin, if u like Kolchak,, you're sure to like this.Published 6 months ago by Mark H. Stevens
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|Is Mike Hammer CC or subtitled?||
Dec 15, 2011 by Mayte | See all 2 posts
|Found at Costco this week for $24.99||
Does it have closed captioning or subtitles?
Apr 28, 2012 by Mocha's Mom | See all 9 posts
|Help bring the 80's show to DVD !!!||
Must have CC
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