Rocky King, Detective / Inside Detective (crime drama, starring Roscoe Karns)

     (DuMont Primetime, 1950 - 1954)

    [original title: "Inside Detective"
     aka: "Rocky King -- Inside Detective";

     This was one of the most memorable shows on the DuMont Network,
     which had only a few affiliates in large cities; It was a network
     created by the manufacturers of DuMont Television Sets. 
     The character "Rocky King" was a New York police inspector; the 
     series was one of the earliest examples of what has become known
     as a "police procedural", with realistic touches years before Jack
     Webb's "Dragnet" become known for these same qualities;

     Roscoe Karns was a veteran actor who had played a sidekick on 
     around 140 B-pictures from the 1920s -- 1940s, including "I Was
     A Fugitive From A Chain Gang", "Cain and Mabel", "Thanks For
     The Memory" and Frank Capra's film "It Happened One Night";

     Even after "Rocky King", Karns went on to play a second banana 
     on the Jackie Cooper TV series "Hennesey" from 1959 - 1962; 
    "Rocky King" was a real family project, the tailor-made role
     for Roscoe Karns -- initials "R. K." -- featured a character with
     the same initials; Roscoe Karns' wife Mabel played an offscreen
     voice character role "Mabel", and his son Todd Karns played his 
     assistant in the police department during the final season]

Theme: "Inside Detective Theme"

    [THEME composer credit from the DuMont Web Site of Clarke Ingram,
     who says that the THEME was "composed and played" by Jack Ward,
     a DuMont network organist; above is the most likely THEME title]

     Composer: Jack Ward (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: [not found in the 1978 ASCAP Index of Performed

     2001 Publisher: [not found in ASCAP or BMI databases]

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