Rocky King Detective
|Rocky King, Inside Detective|
Roscoe Karns as Rocky King
|Country of origin||United States|
|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".
Some episodes still exist, including 37 at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Four episodes of the series were released to DVD on November 21, 2006. 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.
- List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network
- List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts
- 1951-52 United States network television schedule (Sundays at 9pm ET)
- 1952-53 United States network television schedule (Sundays at 9pm ET)
- 1953-54 United States network television schedule (Sundays at 9pm ET)
- 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
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rocky King, Inside Detective.|
- Rocky King, Inside Detective at the Internet Movie Database
- DuMont historical website
- Article on Rocky King, Inside Detective
- Oldies — Rocky King, Inside Detective
- Rocky King episode "Murder Scores a Knockout" (1952) legal download at the Internet Archive
- Rocky King episode "Murder PhD" (1953) at Internet Archive
- Rocky King episode "The Hermit's Cat" (1952) at TV4U.com
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