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Johnny Midnight (TV series)

Johnny Midnight is an American crime drama that aired for one season in syndication from January 3, 1960 to September 21, 1960. The series stars Edmond O'Brien as the title character.

Johnny Midnight
GenreCrime drama
Created byLiam O'Brien
Directed byRobert Stevens
John English
David Orrick McDearmon
StarringEdmond O'Brien
Arthur Batanides
Barney Phillips
Yuki Shimoda
Narrated byEdmond O'Brien
Opening theme"Lullaby of Broadway" performed by Joe Bushkin
Composer(s)Gerald Fried
Joe Bushkin
Richard Shores
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes39
Producer(s)Jack Chertok
CinematographyEllsworth Fredricks
Bud Thackery
Irving Lippman
John F. Warren
Ray Cory
Benjamin H. Kline
Neal Beckner
Editor(s)Sam E. Waxman
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Midnight Productions
DistributorMCA Television
Original networkSyndication
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseJanuary 3 (1960-01-03) –
September 21, 1960 (1960-09-21)


O'Brien portrayed Johnny Midnight, a New York City actor turned private detective. Midnight's cases frequently focused upon Times Square and Broadway, where he had triumphed earlier on stage. Midnight lives in a plush Manhattan penthouse. O'Brien narrated the crime drama in the terse style associated with Humphrey Bogart or Walter Winchell. The theme song of the series is "Lullaby of Broadway".[1]

The supporting cast included Arthur Batanides as Sergeant Lupo Olvera, Barney Phillips as Lieutenant Sam Geller, and Yuki Shimoda as Uki, Midnight's wise-cracking Japanese manservant.

Other guest roles were filled by Parley Baer, Whitney Blake, Walter Burke, Russ Conway, Billy De Wolfe, Joe Flynn, Connie Hines, DeForest Kelley, Viveca Lindfors, Doug McClure, Ann McCrea, Tyler McVey, Jay Novello, J. Pat O'Malley, Jacqueline Scott, Robert F. Simon, and William Schallert, Lurene Tuttle, and Adam West.[2]

Production notesEdit

Jack Chertok produced the program, prior to his association with the sitcom My Favorite Martian.[3]


  1. ^ "Johnny Midnight". Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  2. ^ "Johnny Midnight". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1997

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