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The world's first television private detective, MARTIN KANE PRIVATE EYE gradually became a big hit as America tuned in to watch the affable yet street-smart detective take on the crooks of New York City. The show ran for five seasons with several different actors playing the role of Kane. Each manifestation of the gumshoe had a different style and attitude, but all, invariably, spent a lot of time in Happy McMann's Tobacco Shop (the show was sponsored by U.S. Tobacco). Like much of early television, the sets, props, plots, and extras left much to be desired, but Kane's wise-cracking mix of cynicism and sentimentality, and the juicy nature of the crimes, kept people coming back for more. Volume one features four vintage Kane cases: Kane finds the clues to man's murder in his will, a burlesque dancer is strangled at a flophouse operated by a disreputable psychic, a killer on trial murders the prosecuter in the courtroom, and Kane find the mutilated body of a solicitor in a trunk owned by three reclusive sisters.