This short lived TV series was an early starring role for Charles Bronson. He plays Mike Kovac, a freelance photographer based in New York City but his job takes him to other parts of the U.S. and occasionally overseas. Photo Journalist is probley a better description of his job. While trying to get his photos, Kovac gets involved in various intrigues, dramas and adventures. Kovac had been a combat photographer and uses various cameras in his work and has a portable dark room in his car. This is an entertaining show and not a bad way to pass twenty five minutes. Bronson is good as the lead and only regular character. Kovac's father, also a photographer, appears from time to time. Mike Kovac is intelligent, resourceful and occasionally shows signs of the tough guy Bronson would become famous for playing. The show aired for two seasons on the American ABC network but neither was a full season by the standards of the time. I couldn't find any information on why only 29 episodes were made over two years.
Episodes of the series are available on YouTube and Public Domain DVD sets often paired with Public Domain movies starring Bronson. Picture quality varies on these sources.
Mill Creek has released the entire series on a two-disc Region 1 DVD set. The episodes are not restored but the picture quality is higher than any Public Domain release I've seen. They are what I call "TV Quality", what I would expect to see on an American TV channel. Not perfect but more than acceptable given the show's age and relative obscurity. I've watched all of Season One and saw no signs of the episodes being cut which was an unexpected surprise. They run a bit over 25 minutes which would be correct for a 30 minute commercial time slot.
FIRST SEASON (October 1958-January 1959) 1. Second Avenue Assassin 2. The Warning 3. Profile of a Killer 4. Turntable 5. Closeup of a Killer 6. Double Negative 7. Another Barrier 8. Blind Spot 9. Two Strings of Pearls 10. Six Faces of Satan 11. Lady on the Loose 12. The Last Portrait 13. The Face of Murder 14. Mute Evidence 15. The Big Squeeze
SECOND SEASON (October 1959-February 1960) 16. The Killer 17. Eye Witness 18. The Man Below 19. Black Light 20. The Positive Negative 21. Missing 22. Live Target 23. Girl in the Dark 24. The Bride 25. The Picture War 26. Touch-Off 27. Hot Ice Cream 28. Fragment of a Murder 29. Kangaroo Court
Side note: This show was made at a time when commercial sponsers of American TV shows had strong influence over the shows they sponsored and the stars of the shows were often contractually obligated to appear in the sponsors commericals and/or make personal appearances on behalf of the sponsers product(s). I wonder what friendly and loveable Charlie Bronson was like on any occasions when he had to deal directly with the public.