Monday, May 5, 2014

What Might've Been: Man With a Camera (1958)

As radio stars gravitated toward television, in turn, some of TV's earliest stars moved on to movies, such as Steve McQueen (Wanted: Dead or Alive), Warren Beatty (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis), and Charles Bronson.

Bronson's only starring vehicle was Man With a Camera, which was only lasted two seasons. Funny thing was, those seasons were from October-January only in each season. Don't ask, 'cause I don't get it myself.

Bronson played Mike Kovac, a former military photographer who's now a freelancer, available to the press, the police, anyone who's willing to give him a gig, allowing him to sometimes moonlight as a private eye, which would explain Bronson narrating each episode as well.

Pizza Flix provides the episode, "Double Negative":

So, you wonder, why did this show fail? To me, it seems ABC didn't have enough faith to commit to a full season or better. It doesn't make sense, I know, but who can figure out network executives sometimes?

Rating: B.

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