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 (A Christmas Story, Murphy Brown) 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. Now available for the first time ever on DVD, fans can enjoy all 78 episodes of this groundbreaking series, which had aired on CBS and features appearances from TV legends Angie Dickinson (Police Woman), Marion Ross (Happy Days), DeForest Kelly (Star Trek), Barbara Bain (Space: 1999), Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Caddyshack), and Lorne Green (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica).
A&E Home Video has announced a DVD release for Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer - The Complete Series
, the original 1958 show starring Darren McGavin (Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Outsider, Riverboat
, the original Six Million Dollar Man
pilot telefilm). The 12-disc set will cost $89.95 SRP in the USA, and CA$99.95 SRP in Canada. Although Amazon's discounted pre-order listing currently shows a release date of September 6th
, the official studio information we were given instead says the title is scheduled for September 20th
. Here's the front cover art, as taken from Amazon's entry: