Martin Kane was probably the first private investigator featured in a TV series. U.S. Tobacco sponsored the stories both on TV and radio.

The actor William Gargan was best known for his starring role as New York – based private detective Martin Kane on the 1940/50s television and radio show. There were approximately 175 radio shows and 120 30-minute TV episodes.

Actor William Gargan was later replaced by Lloyd Nolan, Lee Tracy and Mark Stevens. The show was directed by Edgar C. Kahn.

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