Le poulpe (Gabriel Lecouvreur)

Created by Patrick Raynal, Jean-Bernard Pouy, & Serge Quadruppani Written by Patrick Raynal, Jean-Bernard Pouy, Serge Quadruppani, Jean-Gérard Imbar, Marc Villard and others Was it just a gimmick? Or a brave publishing experiment? Maybe it was both. GABRIEL LECOUVREUR, also known as "LE POULPE" was, according to co-creator Patrick Raynal, "something of an avenger, an outlaw, a Robin Hood and … Continue reading Le poulpe (Gabriel Lecouvreur)

Shinoda Ryota (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)

Created by Hirokazu Kore-eda "I expected a better ending" -- Ryoto] In the 2017 Japanese film Umi yori mo mada fukaku (After the Storm), acclaimed novelist SHINODA RYOTO's life is going nowhere. His long-suffering wife Kyoko has left him, he and his eleven year-old son Shingo are drifting apart, his mother is aging, and the words just … Continue reading Shinoda Ryota (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)

The Projectionist (Sherlock Jr.)

Created by Jean C. Havez, Joe Mitchell & Clyde Bruckman Okay, the silent film classic isn't really a private detective film, not really. But it's private eye adjacent, and it's something of a classic, regardless--you won't regret checking out this little bit of surrealistic slapstick. The great Buster Keaton plays a lowly film projectionist (and janitor) who only … Continue reading The Projectionist (Sherlock Jr.)

Rod Riley (The Girl Hunt Ballet)

Created by Betty Comden and Adolph Green It's not the same old song-and-dance, my friend... ROD RILEY's something of a parody figure like Guy Noir, and he exists in only one extended dance sequence, but take it from me--he's wonderful. The number, which appears in the 1953 film musical The Band Wagon (probably best known … Continue reading Rod Riley (The Girl Hunt Ballet)

Nick Chambers (Fog City Nocturne)

Created by the Bay Area Writer's Group "Nick Chambers, the detective you turn to when you can't afford anyone else." Now here's something you don't see everyday: a private eye created and written about by a collective. The gumshoe in this case is NICK CHAMBERS and the collective is the Bay Area Writer's Group. Nick … Continue reading Nick Chambers (Fog City Nocturne)

Mitch Weaver (Dirty Work)

Created by Norm MacDonald and Frank Sebastiano "Note to self...Learn how to fight." -- Mitch to his pocket recorder, after getting the crap kicked out of him in a bar fight This 1998 vehicle for Saturday Night Live refugee Norm MacDonald would have played out as a spoof of TV's Vengeance Unlimited, except that they were … Continue reading Mitch Weaver (Dirty Work)

Quincy Adams Sawyer & Quincy Adams Sawyer (Junior)

Created by Charles Felton Pidgin (1844-1923) Despite over a century of misinformation and conflation, there were actually two detectives named QUINCY ADAMS SAWYER, father and son, both created by Charles Felton Pidgin, although only one was really a private investigator. The first Quincy was more of an amateur lawyer sleuth. He began his career as … Continue reading Quincy Adams Sawyer & Quincy Adams Sawyer (Junior)

Sheba Shayne (Sheba, Baby)

Created by William Girdler and David Sheldon "Whatchu gonna do with that gun, mama?" Who's the queen of the private dicks that digs like a sex machine with all the boys? Sheba! Uh, damn right? In Sheba, Baby, the 1975 blaxploitation would-be classic that does a sex-change on Shaft, Pam Grier finally gets to let … Continue reading Sheba Shayne (Sheba, Baby)

Harry Kilmer (The Yakuza)

Created by Paul & Leonard Schrader and Robert Towne "A man never forgets. A man pays his debts." -- from the poster.  Imagine Chandler writing a samurai flick... In this forgotten classic from the mid-seventies, Robert Mitchum is HARRY KILMER, an aging former G.I., and sometime P.I. (his past is suitably murky), set loose in … Continue reading Harry Kilmer (The Yakuza)

Maiku Hama (aka Mike Hama, Mike Yokohama)

Created by Kaizo Hayashi and Daisuke Tengan It's Hama Time! The rundown office of Yokohama private eye MAIKU HAMA (get it?) is on the second floor of the old Nichigeki movie theatre in Yokohama, stuck between the projector and the screen, which is appropriate enough, since so much of his cinematic debut, Waga jinsei saiaku no … Continue reading Maiku Hama (aka Mike Hama, Mike Yokohama)