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Saturday, May 9, 2009

That Hammer Guy


A January 1953 to October 1953 Mutual Broadcasting System radio series titled That Hammer Guy starred Larry Haines as Mike Hammer, a fictional character created by the American author Mickey Spillane, and Jan Miner as the voice of many female characters on the show. It was written by Ed Adamson and was directed by Richard Lewis. Mike Hammer is a no-holds barred private investigator that carries a .45 Colt M1911, named "Betsy" in a shoulder harness under his left arm.

Larry Haines, born Larry Hecht (August 3, 1918July 17, 2008) was an American actor. He was born in Mount Vernon, New York.Haines first became known in the 1930s as a voice actor on the radio crime series Gangbusters. Four decades later, he would return to radio, starring in many episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.His best known role was that of nextdoor neighbor Stu Bergman on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. He joined the show for its eleventh episode in 1951, and remained on the serial for the show's duration. In this role, which he played from 1951 to 1986, Haines became very popular. He won Daytime Emmy Awards in 1976 and 1981, and was First Lady Pat Nixon's favorite soap opera actor.He also earned several Tony nominations for his work on Broadway, and appeared in the film version of The Odd Couple.In the 1980s, he co-starred with one of his Search for Tomorrow co-stars, Rick Lohman (who had played his grandson, Gary Walton) in a short-lived sitcom, called Phyl and Mikhy. Larry played Max Wilson, the father of Phyllis Wilson Orloff (Murphy Cross), who was married to Mikhy Orloff. After the cancellation of Search for Tomorrow, he briefly joined the cast of another NBC/Procter and Gamble serial, Another World. He was later in the cast of Agnes Nixon's Loving. Haines died on July 17, 2008. He was predeceased by his former wives, Gertrude Haines and Jean Pearlman Haines as well as by his only daughter, Debora Haines.
Jan Miner (October 15, 1917, Boston, Massachusetts - February 15, 2004, Bethel, Connecticut) was an American actress. Although late in life, identified as a long running character on TV commercials, Miner's career started in radio. Notable roles include; Della Street on Perry Mason, Ann Williams on Casey, Crime Photographer, and Mary Wesley on Boston Blackie. She also played featured roles in the 1948-1950 dramatic anthology series Radio City Playhouse. She was married to actor Richard Merrell until his death in 1998, and often appeared with him on the stage. She died in Bethel, Connecticut of natural causes.

Mickey Spillane - Kiss Me Deadly

Frank Morrison Spillane (March 9, 1918 – July 17, 2006), better known as Mickey Spillane, was an American author of crime novels. He was known for the series of novels featuring his signature detective character, Mike Hammer, among other works. More than 225 million copies of his books have sold around the globe. Many of the Mike Hammer novels were made into movies, including the classic film noir Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and The Girl Hunters (1963), in which Spillane himself starred. In Kiss Me Deadly, Mike Hammer is driving south to New York city when he found a woman standing in the road. He picked her up, and learned she escaped from a sanatorium. Soon a dark sedan cut them off, the men attacked Mike and knocked him out. The now dead woman and Mike are placed in his car, then it is pushed over the cliff. What happens next? Read by Stacy Keach. From 

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