Johnny Midnight (1960– )
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- Johnny Midnight (Edmond O'Brien) is an ex-actor/theater owner, now turned private eye. His turf is Broadway and New York City's theater district. He lives in a penthouse apartment above the Midnight Theater on West 44th St. and has an Asian houseboy/assistant named Aki (Yuki Shimoda). The majority of his clients are in the theatrical business and one of his trade marks is using his acting and makeup talents as disguises in his PI investigations. This series has very Noir-ish undertones that are emphasized especially with having Film Noir stalwart (D.O.A. and many others) Edmond O'Brien in the lead to provide that cinematic memory. Maxine Cooper (who played Velda in Film Noir classic Kiss Me Deadly) also makes an appearance in an episode titled Phantom Bribe. Set in 1960 the episodes are replete with beatnik slang and characters. The series also has a very nice jazzy score provided by Joe Bushkin.