Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

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  • Season 3 Episode 19: Mike Gets Married

  • The shootout with the bad guy was shot in the lobby of a building in Culver City owned at the time by MGM -- even though Hammer was a Columbia show, usually shot at The Burbank Studios, which was once (and is now again) the Warner Brothers lot. And MGM's lot was bought by Sony, which by then owned Columbia, and which now has bought MGM. So what went around came around. Are you dizzy? I am.

  • The onscreen writer credit was actually not 'Paul Diamond' but 'Paul Bentley Diamond' -- writer Diamond wanted his middle name used as a tribute to his 98 year old grandmother Ruth Bentley.

  • Season 3 Episode 15: Deadly Connection

  • This show (about the fashion industry) was worked on by, as I recall, three sets of different staff writers/producers on Hammer. By the time it was shot, on the script there were something approximating 15-25 'participating writers' listed -- an incredible (and incredibly silly) number of people, even by flexible TV standards. I was one of them -- and even I don't remember who got the final screen credit!

  • A script long in development, by the time it was produced there were something like 14-17 participating writers listed on the script cover (though most, properly went uncredited) -- possibly a record for a one hour epsiode.

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