Rocky King Detective

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Rocky King, Inside Detective
Rocky King Detective DuMont Television Network.JPG
Roscoe Karns as Rocky King
Created by DuMont
Starring Roscoe Karns
Country of origin United States
Original network DuMont
Original release January 15, 1950 – December 26, 1954

Rocky King, Inside Detective is an American television series broadcast on the DuMont Television Network on Sundays at 9pm ET from January 15, 1950 to December 26, 1954. This series was one of DuMont's most popular programs, and was a live crime series set in New York City.

The show not only kept Roscoe Karns from retirement, but cast him opposite his son, Todd Karns. The DuMont offices and corridors were used as sets. At the end of each program, King would exchange telephone small talk with his unseen wife Mabel and, after hanging up, say to no one in particular, "Great girl, that Mabel".

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Some episodes still exist, including 37 at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Two episodes are held in the J. Fred MacDonald collection at the Library of Congress.

The kinescopes for the four episodes released to DVD originate courtesy of Satellite Media Production. These episodes have been screened at the non-profit Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention held annually in Aberdeen, Maryland. The same four episodes were released to DVD on November 21, 2006, altered with a company logo superimposed on the screen and sound effects added to the soundtrack. The Satellite Media Production release contained no alterations.

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