Mike Hammer (1958)

USA (ended 1959)




Episode Guide

    • The Paper Shroud
      The Paper Shroud
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      Hammer investigates a daring daytime robbery.
    • Dead Men Don't Dream
      Dead Men Don't Dream
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Mike's old childhood friend Charlie is murdered for standing up to protection racketeers. Back in the old neighborhood, nobody's talking to Mike out of fear of the mob. Hammer decides the only way he's going get to whoever's running the racket is to rough up a couple of his collectors.
    • A Grave Undertaking
      A Grave Undertaking
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Hammer is hired to go to a cemetery and exchange a large sum of money for a bundle of letters.
    • The Broken Frame
      The Broken Frame
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      Otis Stark's death row confession to an old grocery store robbery and murder means Hammer and Chambers sent the wrong man to the electric chair. The evidence, supplied by Stark's mother after his execution, is the gun involved in the shooting. The case becomes more complicated as the convicted man's widow and Stark's brother become involved in the story.moreless
    • Shoot Before You Look
      Shoot Before You Look
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      A pair of thieves kill a society couple in their apartment and make off with $50,000 in jewelry. Working for the insurance company, Mike gets a tip that the ice can be found in a certain hotel room. When he arrives, one of the robbers shoots, forcing Hammer to kill him. Even though the case should be closed, Mike has the feeling someone arranged for him to shoot the thief to keep him quiet.moreless
    • Just Around the Coroner
      Just Around the Coroner
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      A nice old gentleman who lives in Mike's hotel inherits $7500 in an insurance payout. Hammer makes it his job to protect the old man from con artists who are swarming to scam him out of his cash. Things unexpectedly turn dangerous with the arrival of the old man's sexy young grand-daughter.moreless
    • Death Takes an Encore
      Death Takes an Encore
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      Mike Hammer is confronted by a hoodlum who says he murdered a man six months ago who has just turned up killed in an auto accident.
    • Four Blind Mice
      Four Blind Mice
      Season 1 - Episode 29
      A suspicious husband asks Mike for help with his wife, a beautiful model.
    • The Big Drop
      The Big Drop
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Experienced steeplejack "Spider" Webb falls 20 stories to his death. His daughter is sure he was murdered by Lonzi, a crooked stockbroker who had swindled her dad of $10,000. Lonzi's secretary is as shady as her missing boss, providing Mike with false information that almost gets him tossed from a high-rise window.moreless
    • According to Luke
      According to Luke
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      Mike Hammer has four homicides to solve when he tangles with a violent gang of hoodlums.
    • Pen Pals
      Pen Pals
      Season 2 - Episode 27
      A young man suddenly turns into a coward at the unexpected appearance of two strangers. Distraught, his wife turns to Mike Hammer for aid.
    • I Ain't Talkin'
      I Ain't Talkin'
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Myra Robbins comes to Mike fearing her brother may have become involved with gangsters. He witnessed a robbery/murder, but refuses to tell the police what he saw. Even when becoming a suspect in the crime, he still refuses to speak.
    • Park the Body
      Park the Body
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Hammer is hired by an anonymous client to investigate a missing parking lot attendant. He goes to see Babe Barlow, the owner of the lot, to get some leads. Instead, Mike discovers that Babe's business is using a phony set of books. The missing man is found dead and Mike is next on the hit men's list once he figures out who's behind the killing.moreless
    • Slay Upon Delivery
      Slay Upon Delivery
      Season 2 - Episode 29

      After getting in debt to a couple running an upscale dice game, Paul Redmond is roughed up by their collections thug Murphy before disappearing. Murphy's a renegade private eye who lost his license and is now muscling in on the gambling racket. The wife of the missing Redmond hires Mike to find her husband.

    • Mere Maid
      Mere Maid
      Season 1 - Episode 39
      Mike's vacationing at a lake cabin he's rented when a woman swims up and invites him to a party at her uncle's estate. At the society soiree, Mike runs into an old enemy: a lawyer who claims Mike had framed his client with phony evidence. When the party's host is murdered, the lawyer is accused of the crime. Now, Mike's old adversary wants his help in finding the true killer.moreless
    • Hot Hands, Cold Dice
      Hot Hands, Cold Dice
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Mike passes out in a girl's apartment and wakes up in Vegas the next day.
    • M Is for Mother
      M Is for Mother
      Season 2 - Episode 26
      A college girl comes to Mike saying her mother, an attractive widow, is involved with a man trying to con her out of money. Hammer confirms there are a couple of scams going on. One is being played on him by the daughter; the other involves betting on horses with the seemingly innocent characters doing the cheating.moreless
    • To Bury a Friend
      To Bury a Friend
      Season 1 - Episode 38
      Mike goes to Chicago to find out who killed an old friend and uncovers a con game.
    • A Haze on the Lake
      A Haze on the Lake
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      Sucessful building contractor Carl Kunard hires Hammer to figure out who's been trying to kill him. The most recent attempt on his life was at his vacation cabin upstate. The leading suspects are Carl's young wife, his bitter son, and his business partner. A fraternity pledge being held at the lake house makes Mike's job harder.moreless
    • Jury of One
      Jury of One
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Grocery owner Otto Tyler was the holdout vote on the jury that would have convicted criminal Sam Mayo of murder. Tyler claims he was not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt, but now faces backlash from angry neighbors for letting the crook walk. Mike believes the old man was intimidated by Mayo and goes to work rooting out the facts of the case.moreless
    • The Living Dead
      The Living Dead
      Season 1 - Episode 32
      Mike's hired by Susan Barlow, but then she suddenly disappears. Her husband then asks Hammer to track her down. His search leads to a wealthy recluse from a brokerage firm whom Susan has claimed is her father.
    • Stay Out of Town
      Stay Out of Town
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      A gambler is murdered, and his secretary, before dying of wounds, identifies the gunman from a photograph.
    • Letter of the Weak
      Letter of the Weak
      Season 1 - Episode 36
      A mysterious letter received by Mike leads him into a murder trap.
    • Peace Bond
      Peace Bond
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      Hammer's quest for peace and quiet is short livedwhe a man is shot and killed with Mike's gun.
    • The High Cost of Dying
      The High Cost of Dying
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Mike is called to Sing Sing by a dying prisoner to fulfill his last wish. Floyd Ingalls wants Hammer to dig up the $60,000 he stole and buried and use the money to save his wife. Floyd received word that Evie has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. To save the woman and capture the kidnapper, Mike agrees to deliver the loot.moreless
    • A Detective Tail
      A Detective Tail
      Season 1 - Episode 27
      Jack Cordell hires Mike to find his girlfriend, at the same time, Mike discovers that another detective is following Cordell.
    • The New Look
      The New Look
      Season 1 - Episode 21

      A psychoanalyst contacts Mike when one of his patients is blackmailed with a secret she'd revealed only in his office. Hammer finds the office has been bugged by a couple running a high-end dress shop. Mike and the doctor bait their trap with a false confession from a planted patient during a session and wait for the blackmailers to strike.

    • Evidence on the Record
      Evidence on the Record
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      The murder of a helpless woman brings Mike Hammer into contact with a juke-box vending concern.
    • Old Folks at Home Blues
      Old Folks at Home Blues
      Season 1 - Episode 33
      Mike comes to the rescue of an attractive woman he spots in the Bowery who's being mugged. He learns she's come from Wyoming to find her husband, a piano player, whom she fears is dead. The best clue Mike has to go on is a fragment of a melody.
    • Play Belles' Toll
      Play Belles' Toll
      Season 1 - Episode 17

      Mike runs into Lori Richards, a woman he hasn't seen in years, working at a chic New York café. She tells him she may need his help, but is murdered before giving him details. His investigation leads to her employer, a Park Avenue society matron runninganescort service, and her greedy partners who are branching out into extortion.

    • A Mugging Evening
      A Mugging Evening
      Season 2 - Episode 37
      A married out-of-towner is set up for a mugging in Central Park by a sexy young woman he'd only met that day. Wanting his stolen briefcase back and his name out of the newspapers, the cheating husband comes to Mike for help. Ellen Robbins, who's still on probation, is running the mugging scam with her boyfriend and another thug. Matters turn deadly when she returns the briefcase for $1000 bucks and doesn't cut her cohorts in on the extra money.moreless
    • Crepe for Suzette
      Crepe for Suzette
      Season 1 - Episode 35
      Hammer's asked to find a young woman who moved to New York to study acting and has stopped writing home to her parents. It turns out she was killed in a hit-and-run car accident. The mystery is why she'd skipped out owing rent on her old apartment and moved to an expensive new place. Mike finds she'd been making money as a call girl who set up her clients to be mugged by a group working out of the acting school.moreless
    • I Remember Sally
      I Remember Sally
      Season 2 - Episode 32
      A dying man comes to New York and hires Mike to find the attractive young woman he remembers from 15 years earlier. Mike tracks down Sally Bryant to the fleabag Central Hotel and discovers she's hardly beauty the old man remembers. She's slovenly, hard-edged, and married to a greedy husband with a stripper girlfriend.moreless
    • Aces and Eights
      Aces and Eights
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Working security for a jewelry store, Mike catches Abby Thomas shoplifting. He believes her story that she only stole because her husband has a huge gambling debt. Posing as her cousin from Albany, Hammer gets himself invited to her husband's card game and discovers it's a racket. Their main goal is to steal the loot from the grocery store he manages.moreless
    • Look at the Old Man Go
      Look at the Old Man Go
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      Hammer crashes a penthouse party where he discovers that everything isn't what it seems to be.
    • For Sale: Deathbed--Used
      For Sale: Deathbed--Used
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      Hammer suspects his nurse friend was offed by her ex-boyfriend.
    • That School Girl Complex
      That School Girl Complex
      Season 1 - Episode 37

      Mike searches for the person behind a series of threatening events at an exclusive girls' prep school. Highcliff's new headmistress thinks someone is trying to make her look bad while one student claims that she's the real target of the attempted murderer.

    • Death Gets a Diploma
      Death Gets a Diploma
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      An old friend comes to Mike in a tizzy over her son. The college boy suddenly has money and has begun dating an old flame who made the front page of the newspaper. She seems to have to have set up a mob moss to be gunned down.
    • Now Die in It
      Now Die in It
      Season 2 - Episode 28
      Mikes hired by a husband and wife to investigate the murder of a family member.
    • Music to Die By
      Music to Die By
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      Hammer comes to the aid of a disc jockey who's being forced to play certain recordings made by singers controlled by a crooked syndicate.
    • Bride and Doom
      Bride and Doom
      Season 2 - Episode 35
      Showgirl Ruby Duvall is roughed up by her future sister-in-law, arrogant society snob Joyce Conroy, and offered $5000 not to marry Philip and soil the family name. It seems an open-and-shut when Ruby is found dead in her dressing room after a visit from Joyce. It's all too obvious for Mike after learning of another backstage visitor that night: Ruby's violent ex-con ex-boyfriend who refused to let Ruby go.moreless
    • Coney Island Baby
      Coney Island Baby
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      Mike winds up in a wax museum in pursuit of a killer.
    • Stocks and Blondes
      Stocks and Blondes
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      A former prizefighter en route to Hammer's office is beaten so badly he's hospitalized. He's worried because his boss, Edie, has fallen for a small-time criminal named Si Loomis who will take her for all she's worth. Mike can't convince Edie that her sweetie is a scammer so he goes to work collecting evidence to prove it.moreless
    • Accentuate the Negative
      Accentuate the Negative
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      Mike is hired to investigate the murder of a photographer at a shady modeling school. The man charged with the killing only roughed up the guy while trying to get his sister's tuition back. The real killer was motivated by the school's actual money-making enterprise: blackmailing former students with compromising photos.moreless
    • Goodbye, Al
      Goodbye, Al
      Season 2 - Episode 39
      Mike's slippery friend Al Sparks skips town because of a gambling debt. He turns up in Forge River charged with murdering the female owner of the diner where he worked. Hammer discovers everyone fears Todd Stryker, the man who runs his wife's huge lumber company and wields all the power in town. Stryker's relationship with the dead woman is a secret he wants to keep.moreless
    • A Shot in the Arm
      A Shot in the Arm
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      Mike Hammer is asked to help a young debutante.
    • The Commodore
      The Commodore
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      A homeless man tells Mike that he's the victim of a double cross and a nice old man confesses to a murder.
    • My Son and Heir
      My Son and Heir
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      A rich man's son opposes his tyrannical father and ruthless mother when he falls in love with a poor girl.
    • Skinned Deep
      Skinned Deep
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      Hammer tracks down a talent contest racket after he meets a beautiful girl who just lost a contest.
    • Letter Edged in Blackmail
      Letter Edged in Blackmail
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Mike gets into trouble when he calls on the woman he suspects is guilty of the false statement and is overwhelmed by the gorgeous Lucille Hart.
    • Final Curtain
      Final Curtain
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      Mike Hammer is attracted to a beautiful red headed chorus girl.
    • Wedding Mourning
      Wedding Mourning
      Season 2 - Episode 33
      Mike finally meets the love of his life and proposes to attractive Kathy Dean. They never make it down the aisle; he and Pat Chambers find her shot to death just before the wedding. Learning from Gita that a bookie was offering 100 to 1 odds the wedding would never happen, Hammer goes on a violent rampage until he gets to the man behind the murder.moreless
    • Husbands Are Bad Luck
      Husbands Are Bad Luck
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Attractive Sonya Miles, about to marry into society, is embarrassed about her inelegant background. Her ex-husband Lefty, a rodeo cowboy, is threatening to expose her history if she doesn't pay him handsomely. Lefty forces her to open the safe at work (she's secretary for her future father-in-law) and let him load up on cash. But when Lefty is gunned down in the act, Sonya is the lead suspect.moreless
    • Requiem for a Sucker
      Requiem for a Sucker
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Mike gets a call from a burlesque dancer whose husband, her accompanist, is charged with murdering loan shark "Buckets" Marberg. Everyone heard O'Brien threaten to kill Buckets when the thug came collecting at the club and busted up O'Brien's hand. Hammer gets the clue he needed to clear the pianist when he catches a whiff of perfume at the murder scene.moreless
    • Scar and Garter
      Scar and Garter
      Season 1 - Episode 30
      A newlywed hires Mike to find her new husband who has been missing since a visit to his estranged mother. He goes to question the mysterious mother at her mansion in the Berkshires and discovers a veiled recluse. The one-time Broadway actress had been disfigured years earlier by a thug with a knife. In his investigation, Hammer discovers a body buried in a shallow grave on the estate property.moreless
    • Dixie Is Dead
      Dixie Is Dead
      Season 2 - Episode 25
      Mike's hired by a nightclub owner when thugs bust up his Dixieland joint. He's sure they were sent by the club across the street because he stole their headliner, Dixie Dee. Dixie's a woman who twists men around her finger and uses them for her own gain, so when she's murdered, the list of remorseless male suspects is long.moreless
    • Swing Low, Sweet Harriet
      Swing Low, Sweet Harriet
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      A philandering client is being blackmailed by his mistress with a tape of him professing his love. When Mike finds the floozy hanging in her apartment, he instructs his client to turn himself in while he investigates others who might have wanted the woman dead.
    • Slab-Happy
      Season 2 - Episode 36
      Punch-drunk former boxer Kid Dakota still carries a torch for gold-digging his ex-wife Julie. The Kid got into a fight with Julie's current husband at their restaurant (which used to be his) and vowed to kill him. When the husband turns up dead a few hours later, the police have an open and shut case. Mike, however, thinks Kid's been framed by someone else who wanted the current husband dead.moreless
    • Curtains for an Angel
      Curtains for an Angel
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      Mike investigates a murder and confidence game involving a New York theater group.
    • Merchant of Menace
      Merchant of Menace
      Season 2 - Episode 34
      Am ex-con he'd help send to prison makes a death threat against Mike. Believing its just a sick joke, Hammer decides to meet with the man.
    • No Business Like-----
      No Business Like-----
      Season 1 - Episode 34
      Doc Fawcett's been coughing up $500 protection money each month to an anonymous person who's threatened to harm his daughter, a tightrope walker. Hammer goes undercover at the circus and thinks he's found his man: a carny thug who's made advances on the daughter in the past. The case takes an unexpected turn when Mike's suspect is shot and killed--with Doc's gun.moreless
    • Another Man's Poisson
      Another Man's Poisson
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      Old friend Vic Fontanee, a blind fishmonger, wants Mike to investigate a man who's suddenly appeared claiming to be his long-lost brother Frank. Not only does Vic think Frank is a phony trying to collect $20,000 from his late father's will, he's convinced the faker is carrying on an affair with his wife.moreless
    • Overdose of Lead
      Overdose of Lead
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Mike goes to the aid of a lovely nightclub entertainer who is being blackmailed.
    • Siamese Twinge
      Siamese Twinge
      Season 2 - Episode 38
      An Asian nightclub singer is offered $5000 by her boyfriend's snooty society mother to just disappear. She turns it down until her husband, a Merchant Marine she escaped from long ago, shows up demanding cash to go away. She shoots him in self defense, but doesn't kill him. Mike believes her story and works to clear her of a murder charge.moreless
    • No Pockets in a Shroud
      No Pockets in a Shroud
      Season 1 - Episode 31
      Someone really didn't want his photograph to be taken. The darkroom of a nightclub photographer is destroyed, as are the negative and photo, so Mike has little to go on. Fingerprint dusting in the darkroom reveals a surprising person: a racketeer who supposedly died in a plane crash several years earlier.moreless
    • Lead Ache
      Lead Ache
      Season 1 - Episode 9

      A newspaper reporter who writes fluff pieces is surprisingly gunned down by a hit man. Mike's only clue as to why anyone would want him dead are tickets the writer had to the Great White Way Dance Palace. With a woman reporter posing as one of the dancers, Hammer uncovers a scheme where young women are abducted and sold overseas.

    • Doll Trouble
      Doll Trouble
      Season 2 - Episode 31
      Mike's vacation at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels is interrupted by a case. Wealthy Wilma Puttnam asks Hammer to investigate the people claiming to have the daughter of her late sister who died in the Nazi concentration camps. Mrs. Puttnam wants to be sure it's really Anna/Derna before paying the $5000 they're asking for.moreless
    • It's an Art
      It's an Art
      Season 1 - Episode 28
      Hammer is hired to find an art student who disappeared mysteriously.
    • Baubles, Bangles and Blood
      Baubles, Bangles and Blood
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      An ex-convict who now runs a New Jersey carnival comes to Mike for help with a blackmailer. The old man has received written demands for $25,000 or the writer will expose him for having used a false identity to get his business licenses.
    • The Last Aloha
      The Last Aloha
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      Mike is in Hawaii on a business trip and winds up searching for gold instead.
    • Beautiful, Blue and Deadly
      Beautiful, Blue and Deadly
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      Mike meets a beautiful female racketeer.
    • Groomed to Kill
      Groomed to Kill
      Season 2 - Episode 30
    • So That's Who It Was
      So That's Who It Was
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Mike receives a call from a frightened junkie he'd befriended on a case in Chinatown. By the time he arrives, the man lies dead in an alley--the same spot where another man has been murdered days before. Hammer believes the two crimes are tied together and his dead friend had seen something he shouldn't have.moreless
    • My Fair Deadly
      My Fair Deadly
      Season 1 - Episode 20

      A group of American dancers is traveling to the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels. Mike checks on the gal who missed the flight and finds her dead in her apartment and her boyfriend on the scene. Though he denies killing her, he confesses she was going to smuggle a hot diamond overseas on his behalf. Thinking one of the other hoofers may have murdered for the jewel, Hammer heads to the Fair.

    • Tattoo Brute
      Tattoo Brute
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      An illegal card game is robbed. The players think it was an inside job by the owner. Mike Hammer is called into the case as the daughter of the owner cannot go to the police because of the nature of the business. The only clue Mike has to work with is a figure eight on the robber's hand.moreless
    • See No Evil
      See No Evil
      Season 2 - Episode 23

      A gypsy woman asks Mike to help her fiance, Carl, who's charged as an accessory to robbery and murder. She says he is only an unlucky witness, but Carl refuses to defend himself. Mike believes he's taking the rap for someone else and tries to get some clues from the man's brother, a bitter organ-grinder with a very smart monkey. The monkey, Banjo, saves Mike's life and is the key to the case.

    • When I Am Dead, My Darling
      When I Am Dead, My Darling
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      An American widow approaches Mike for help while he's vacationing in France. Traveling by ocean liner, she claims to see her late husband at every turn. Even Hammer thinks she's merely hallucinating from grief until he witnesses the "ghost" trying to murder the widow by tossing her overboard.
    • Save Me in San Salvador
      Save Me in San Salvador
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      Hammer gets involved in political intrigue with a Colonel and two gorgeous women.