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Man With A Camera: Complete Collection

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Charles Bronson, James Flavin. A freelance New York photographer, who began his career by taking WWII combat pictures, now pursues all the dangerous "once-in-a-lifetime" photo assignments in this fast-paced late-'50s show. Includes 29 episodes on 4 DVDs. 1958-60/b&w/12 hrs., 34 min/NR/fullscreen.

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  • Actors: Charles Bronson
  • Format: NTSC, Black & White, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Infinity Entertainment Group
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VNMMU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man With A Camera: Complete Collection" on IMDb

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By Robert Huggins on December 3, 2007
Throughout the 1950s, Charles Bronson spent the majority of his early acting career in episodic television, appearing in everything from "The Roy Rogers Show" to "Four Star Playhouse," as well as small parts in films. From 1958 to early in 1960, however, he landed the lead in the ABC television network's "Man with a Camera," portraying freelance photographer Mike Kovac. The series' premise has Kovac finding himself in a variety of professional assignments, usually becoming involved in some sinister situation involving criminals of every sort. "Man with a Camera," along with higher profile roles in films like "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Great Escape" in the early 1960s led to starring roles in films by the end of that decade and eventually superstardom. By the end of his career, Bronson returned full-circle to television with a series of three made-for-TV movies titled "Family of Cops."

The guest star list for this series is, perhaps, not as strong as other series from this era, but does include early turns by Harry Dean Stanton, Angie Dickinson, Yvonne Craig, and even a pre-"Billy Jack" Tom Laughlin appears as a boxer in an early episode. Another surprise is seeing noted B-movie horror film icon William Castle credited as director for one of the episodes.

Up until this release, "Man with a Camera" has been a tough find on DVD. There have been just two episodes from the series ("Two Strings of Pearls" and "Missing") that have apparently fallen into the public domain and have appeared on classic television compilations such as Best of TV Detectives 150 Episodes and a few others.
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Did you know that Charles Bronson was a lead in a TV series? Man With A Camera, a half hour, mostly crime related drama, ran on ABC for two seasons from 1958 through 1960. Bronson is Mike Kovac, a street-tough, very freewheeling, freelance photographer, who gets involved in a variety of edgy exploits that include kidnapping, extortion, swindling, smuggling, arson, hostage situations, and murder.

Kovac is sometimes on photographic assignment, but more often he operates similar to a private investigator. Being a photographer adds some unique twists, and Kovac's gear is on the cutting edge for the time. Besides an array of cameras for normal use, for surreptitious work he employs cameras hidden in a radio, cigarette lighter and even his necktie. He has a phone in his car, and a portable darkroom in the trunk.

The series is well-written with good pacing. Things typically move pretty quickly, but there is still usually time to flesh out the stories. Bronson, aged 36 at the start of the series, is quite the physical specimen, pure chiseled muscle, and he brings to Kovac, many of the traits that would be associated with his tough guy movie persona. Looking back, it is interesting to see Bronson's acting range in this recurring role. And while Kovac has a contemplative and sensitive side, there's no shortage of action, fights, and gunplay, involving the rugged Mr. Buchinski. Displaying his boxing skills, he dons gloves for bouts with Johnny Seven, and Tom `Billy Jack' Laughlin.

Though based in New York City, the series also features stories set in various locations, with guest stars that fans of the era will appreciate. In `The Killer', Kovac is ruthlessly gunned down at a Nevada airport.
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The half-hour length crime/drama series MAN WITH A CAMERA appeared for two half-seasons on the ABC-TV network, Friday nights at 9. This program starring Charles Bronson aired from 10/10/58 to 2/8/60.

Mike Kovac is a former WWII combat photographer now based in NYC as a freelancer who assists newspapers, police, private citizens and insurance companies in solving crimes. By often acting as a private eye, Kovac gets himself into plenty of trouble.

Charles Bronson (Mike Kovac)
Ludwig Stössel (Anton Kovac)
James Flavin (Lt. Donovan)

The following sequential-by-airdate list also includes episode title, season and guest stars:

Second Avenue Assassin (S.1, (10/10/58) - Ruta Lee/Leonard Bell/Art Lewis
The Warning (S.1, 10/17/58) - Bill Erwin/Robert Carricart/Robert Ellenstein
Profile of a Killer (S.1, 10/24/58) - James Handler/Tom Pittman
Turntable (S.1, 11/7/58) - Logan Field/Phyllis Avery/Dennis Patrick
Closeup on Violence (S.1, 11/14/58) - Grant Williams
Double Negative (S.1, 11/21/58) - Don Durant/Frank Faylen/Karl Lukas
Another Barrier (S.1, 11/28/58) - Norma Crane/Peter Walker/Ann Morrison
Blind Spot (S.1, 12/5/58) - Chana Eden/Mario Alcalde
Two Strings of Pearls (S.1, 12/12/58) - Audrey Dalton/Bert Remsen/Elaine Edwards
Six Faces of Satan (S.!, 12/19/58) - Linda Lawson/Arthur Batanides/Joe Di Reda
Lady on the Loose (S.1, 12/26/58) - Judith Braun/Ivan Triesault
The Last Portrait (S.1, 1/2/59) - Booth Colman/Virginia Field/Russell Thorson
The Face of Murder (S.1, 1/9/59) - Jay Barney/Phillip Pine/Dick Wessel
Mute Evidence (S.1, 1/16/59) - Rachel Ames/Russ Conway/Sue George
The Big Squeeze (S.1, 1/23/59) - (?)
The Killer (S.
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