Rex Shepard (You Never Can Tell)

Created by Lou Breslow and David Chandler "Oh Goldie, these are humans we're dealing with. You can't just tell them the truth and expect them to believe it." -- Rex explains the inadequacies of humans. Speaking of unfortunate viewing habits, how could you not include You Never Can Tell in the list of movies on your … Continue reading Rex Shepard (You Never Can Tell)

Against All Odds

Perpetrated by Taylor Hackford and Columbia Pictures You've heard of film noir? This is more like film nah. Or probably more precisely, neo-nah. I can't list the P.I who has the lead role in this sloppy-seconds remake of Out of the Past, the 1947 noir classic, because, well, there is no P.I.--they got rid of him. … Continue reading Against All Odds

Jeff “Red” Bailey (Out of the Past)

Created by Geoffrey Homes Pseudonym of Daniel Mainwaring (1902-77) "I was at the bottom of the barrel and I was scraping it." -- Jeff Bailey "RED" BAILEY (JEFF in the film) is the world-weary, sleepy-eyed private eye who just wants to forget, in the classic film noir Out of the Past (1947, RKO), based on … Continue reading Jeff “Red” Bailey (Out of the Past)

Leonard Shelby (Memento)

Created by Jonathan Nolan Adapted for the screen by Christopher Nolan ''I can't make new memories.'' Seen Memento yet? It's a truly mind-blowing film that should get as much exposure as possible. The main character, LEONARD SHELBY, is (or at least was) a P.I. (well, actually, an insurance investigator). But I think this qualifies him … Continue reading Leonard Shelby (Memento)

James Reardon (The Killers)

Created by Ernest Hemingway Adapted by Anthony Veiller It feels like some sort of cheat to credit Ernest Hemingway as the "creator" of hard-working tough guy insurance dick JAMES REARDON here, since Papa's snippet of a short story (originally published in 1927), didn't even have a detective--by any name--in it. It simply related the tale … Continue reading James Reardon (The Killers)

Pepe Carvalho

Created by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (1939 - 2003) "Do you realise that we private eyes are the barometers of established morality? I tell you society is rotten. It doesn't believe in anything," declares Spanish private eye PEPE CARVAHLO to his friend, Biscuter, in Southern Seas (1979). Pepe is a fat and cynical eye, who may … Continue reading Pepe Carvalho

Robert Bogerud (Detektiv Downs)

Created by Bård Breien It's not often you get to see a private eye flick where the gumshoe has Down Syndrome, but that's exactly what the so far well-received Detective Downs, a 2013 Norweigian comedy mystery that made the North American film festival circuit, promised. ROBERT BOGERUD is the sleuth in question. He's twenty-eight, and … Continue reading Robert Bogerud (Detektiv Downs)

Patrick Kenzie & Angie Gennaro

Created by Dennis Lehane (1965--) Dennis Lehane's 1994 A Drink Before the War rocked the boat when it came out, and introduced childhood pals turned Boston private eyes PATRICK KENZIE and ANGELA GENNARO. Patrick and Angie grew up in an Irish/Polish/Italian working-class neighbourhood where "your boundaries begin in the schoolyard and last a lifetime" (according … Continue reading Patrick Kenzie & Angie Gennaro

Harry Dobbs & Stella Wynkowski (Love at Large)

"The one who is in love always waits. It's the lover's signature." -- Stella offers Harry a bit of wisdom from The Love Manual Tom Berenger is HARRY DOBBS, a wonderfully befuddled, rumpled, but earnest private eye with an extremely jealous girlfriend. He's hired by a mysterious femme fatale, Miss Dolan, to tail her possibly … Continue reading Harry Dobbs & Stella Wynkowski (Love at Large)

Trixie Zurbo (Trixie)

Created by Alan Rudolph "She's dead now. She's never gonna be the same again." Back in 1990, cult writer/director (and Robert Altman protegée)  Alan Rudolph scored big with Love at Large, a quirky but charming screwball noir meditation on love, the games people play, and old detective films. It featured Tom Berenger and Elizabeth Perkins … Continue reading Trixie Zurbo (Trixie)