Revue Studios was founded in 1943 by MCA to produce live radio shows originally and then re-launched as MCA's television production subsidiary in 1950. MCA bought the Universal Studios back lot in 1958 and was renamed it Revue Studios. In 1966 Revue was officially renamed Universal Television.
You get a mix of Hollywood Studio back lots and sets, combined with actual New York City location and occasional action sequences, and a dash of older late 1930s-40s NYC stock footage. The Hollywood stuff is probably all the interiors, the giveaways for the back lot NYC are the (off for NYC) globe on concrete post streetlights, and the too clean and too bright streets.
|Captain Pat Chambers (Bart Burns) lt. and Mike Hammer (McGavin|
|Mike's heap a 1957 Ford Fairlane Convertible|
|Hollywood set giveaway, too narrow and way too clean streets|
|Bellevue Hospital NYC ambulance|
|Van Patten goes out the window|
- Look at the Old Man Go - An heiress (Bethel Leslie) hires Hammer to break up the relationship between daddy and his gold digger gal pal played by Angie Dickinson, both hammer-tommically correct.
Mike and the heiress, hammer-tomically correct
Tail fins A cute meet Mike and Angie Dickinson
left to right, Angie Dickinson, Bethel Leslie, Darren McGavin
- The Paper Shroud - An Armored car company is robbed, looks like an inside job.
A smoggy 1958 NYC
Noir vet Anthony Caruso left with Darren McGavin right
Four corpses litter a Hollywood alley
- My Son and Heir - A rich man wants Mike to beat some sense into his son Douglas Dick (Rope (1948)) who has run off to the country "shack" to shack up with a lowly commoner. The girl ends up dead, who dunnit? Robert F. Simon (Rogue Cop (1954), 5 Against the House (1955)) plays the big shot. Virginia Gregg (The Amazing Mr. X (1948), Dragnet (1954), ) is the Mater, and Dub Taylor. Directed by Sherman Marks, written by Lawrence Kimble and Stephen Marlowe, DOP Jack Mackenzie. Straight Crime 6.5/10
- Final Curtain - Barrie Chase (Party Girl (1958), Cape Fear (1962)), Herbert Rudley (Decoy (1946)) a riff on Jack The Ripper, someone is killing hammer-tommically correct chorus girls.
a Jack the Ripper type attack
- A Detective Tail - Ric Roman (The Damned Don't Cry (1950), Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950), Scandal Sheet (1952), 99 River Street (1953) The Big Heat (1953), ) is an ex con just got out of a three year stretch in the slammer. He's looking for his show girl girlfriend (Frances Helm) and her roommate (Grace Lee Whitney -Yeoman Rand Star Trek TV series) both have flown the coop. Sounds like Farewell My Lovely.
Ric Roman with Grace Lee Whitney
McGavin and Francis Helm
tail fin taxi
McGavin, Carl Betz, Helm
The late great Pennsylvania Station