Man Against Crime
|Man Against Crime|
Ralph Bellamy as Mike Barnett (1951)
|Also known as||Follow That Man|
|Created by||Lawrence Klee|
|Written by||Vin Bogert|
|Starring||Ralph Bellamy (1949-1955)
Frank Lovejoy (1956)
|Narrated by||Carl King|
|Theme music composer||Fred Steiner|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||84 (filmed, seasons 4-5)|
Lawrence M. Klee
|Running time||30 mins. (approx)|
|Original channel||CBS (1949-1953)
|Original run||October 7, 1949 – August 26, 1956|
Man Against Crime (also known as Follow That Man), one of the first television programs about private eyes, ran on CBS, the DuMont Television Network and NBC from October 7, 1949 to August 26, 1956. The show was created by Lawrence Klee and was broadcast live until 1952. The series was one of the few television programs ever to have been simulcast on more than one network: the program aired on both NBC and DuMont during the 1953-1954 television season.
Man Against Crime starred Ralph Bellamy as Mike Barnett, a New York freelance private eye. In the 1951 season, Robert Preston co-starred as Mike Barnett's brother, Pat (who also assumed the lead while Bellamy was on vacation that summer). In the summer of 1956, Frank Lovejoy took over the role of Mike Barnett until the series' end that same year.
Accompanied by a frantic theme song by Fred Steiner, the film noir-style introduction features an unknown man running down a deserted New York City street while being chased by a black car, all of which is viewed from above. As he knocks on Barnett's door, there is a spray of sub-machine gun fire, and the man is killed. Barnett opens the door, hears the click of the bolt on the gun, ducks and is missed by a second, shorter burst of slugs. Barnett then takes off after the killer while Follow That Man appears in bold letters and the title of the episode is shown on a file folder that is propped up against a telephone. The filmed episodes were syndicated as Follow That Man because the sponsor owned the original title [see below].
The show's first prime-time episode aired on CBS on 7 October 1949, and the final prime-time episode was broadcast, on NBC, on 26 August 1956.
Interior filming was done at the Bedford Park Studios in New York City, while exteriors were filmed in Manhattan and NYC's other boroughs, as well as in Washington, D.C. ("The Washington Story"), and Pennsylvania.
The R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (Camel cigarettes) sponsored the series, as well as holding a monetary share in the program and a copyright on the series. Mike Barnett was frequently shown smoking a cigarette (and occasionally flashing a pack at the camera), and at the conclusion of the program, Ralph Bellamy would put on reading glasses and read a list of veterans' hospitals and military bases to which "the makers of Camels" was donating cigarettes that week.
There were eighty-four filmed episodes (seasons 4 and 5), of which twenty-eight are available on DVD.
- List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network
- List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts
- Oldies.com "Follow That Man (aka Man Against Crime)". Oldies.com. Retrieved 2008-09-22.
- Marsh, Earle and Tim Brooks (1985). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946-Present, p. 513. Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.
- Bedford Park Studios "Locations". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
- David Weinstein, The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004) ISBN 1-59213-245-6
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, Fourth edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1980) ISBN 0-14-024916-8
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1
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