ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EARLY TELEVISION CRIME FIGHTERS: All Regular Cast
Members in American Crime and Mystery Series, 1948-1959.
NEW copy, hardcover, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2006 ).
671 photographs, appendices, bibliography, index,
Any episode of a crime or mystery series involves some or all of the following: the
perpetration of a crime; its investigation; the analytical process which involves the
determination of the villain; the arrest and trial of the culprit; and the handing out
of the appropriate punishment. Such series involving the exploits of a wide variety
of courageous heroes and heroines were very popular during the 1950s, and they
featured a host of actors and actresses, including famous television detectives
(e.g., Raymond Burr), those famous in other genres (e.g., Boris Karloff, Charles
Bronson), and over 250 other players with recurring roles.
This reference work lists every player who had a regular role in a crime or mystery
series during the early era of television. All covered series offered live or filmed
episodes of a crime or mystery nature, and all were shown on American television.
All series had either regular stars or a recognizable host. Entries cover the player’s
real name, family information and education; how the player originally broke into show
business; the player’s career preceding the series; and his or her marriage, children,
death date, and film and television credits. Appendices provide a catalog of
American mystery series and a list of regular mystery series players whose roles began after December 31, 1959.
THE TELEVISION CRIME FIGHTERS FACTBOOK:
Over 9,800 Details from 301 Programs, 1937-2003
NEW copy, trade paperback, 6x9.
(Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2003).
Did you know that detective Adrian Mont (Monk) is afraid of milk? That
Pinky’s real first name on The Roaring ’20s is Delaware? That on
Charlie’s Angels, Sabrina was the only Angel who was never seen in
a bikini or swimsuit?
These are only a few of the more than 9,800 facts readers will find in
this work, which presents detailed information on 134 syndicated and cable
series broadcast from 1948 to 2003, plus six experimental programs broadcast
from 1937 to 1946 and 204 unsold pilots broadcast from 1948 to 1996, that
featured the work of television’s law enforcers who risk their lives to
solve crimes and bring criminals to justice. The entries are arranged
alphabetically and provide such details as character names, addresses,
names of pets, telephone numbers, and license plate numbers--in short,
anything and everything that adds interest to a program and its characters.
Many of the entries contain information about related projects, including
TV movies and pilots that were broadcast as part of a series (for example,
Sharon Stone’s appearance as detective Dani Starr on the "Hollywood Starr"
episode of T.J. Hooker).