Fans of tough guys are in for a treat this holiday season when M Squad and Secret Agent get complete sets. Both shows helped establish their stars for bigger projects. M Squad helped boost Lee Marvin’s profile to become one of the legendary tough guys of cinema. Patrick McGoohan’s turn as Secret Agent set up his legendary cult series The Prisoner. Here’s the press release from Timeless Media Group on the two boxsets:
STARRING LEE MARVIN! 117 Episodes! Includes Bonus DVD: Lee Marvin appearing in four classic TV shows.
One of the most memorable of the early television police dramas, M Squad debuted in 1957 running for three seasons on NBC. M Squad: The Complete TV Series – Special Edition arrives November 4.
There were many black and white crime dramas competing for viewers in the late fifties, notably Dragnet, Arrest and Trial, and Checkmate. M Squad stands apart because of its unique combination of story, production values, musical score and a great cast portraying crime fighters getting down and dirty on the mean streets. Lee Marvin, stars as Lt. Frank Ballinger, a no-nonsense Chicago plainclothes cop in the elite M Squad Division.
The Squad’s (M-for Murder) task is to root out organized crime and corruption in America’s Second City. Among the guest stars were Angie Dickinson, Charles Bronson, Janice Rule, Leonard Nimoy, Ed Nelson, DeForest Kelley, H.M. Wynant and a young Burt Reynolds.
Lee Marvin Bonus Disc content:
Wagon Train – The Jose Morales Story (1960)
Checkmate – Jungle Castle (1961)
The Virginian – It Tolls for Thee (1962)
Lee Marvin Presents: Lawbreaker – Pittsburgh (1963). B&W and Color episodes
Every government has its secret service branch. America, CIA; France, Deuxième Bureau; England, MI5. NATO also has its own. A messy job? Well that’s when they usually call on me or someone like me. Oh yes, my name is Drake, John Drake.
Patrick McGoohan (The Prisoner) stars as John Drake in Secret Agent, the popular television series from the Golden Age of Spy Thrillers, the 1960s. Travelling the world to capture international criminals, John Drake rarely solved problems with a gun, preferring to use charm and wit over violence to bring in the bad guys. Secret Agent: The Complete Series arrives December 9.
Encompassing all 86 episodes from its successful broadcast run, Secret Agent (known in the United Kingdom as Danger Man) is an essential addition to the collection of any fan of the spy game.
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