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)

Bill Dekker (Cheaper To Keep Her)

Created by Timothy Harris  and Herschel Weingrod  "A love story about womens' rights... and lefts." -- the tagline that says it all Cheaper To Keep Her was a smirky 1980 romantic comedy  with good ol' boy singer/songwriter Mac Davis as a good ol' boy skirt-chasing private eye BILL DEKKER, who's hired by a hard-nosed and … Continue reading Bill Dekker (Cheaper To Keep Her)

Shane Mack (I Know What You Need)

Created by Stephen King Adapted by Shawn S. Lealo "That's not love...that's rape." -- Alice has concerns Back in the late 1970s, Stephen King had the bright idea of selling the film rights to his short stories--any of his short stories--for a buck to any young filmmaker. An actual dollar, to be mailed to Stephen … Continue reading Shane Mack (I Know What You Need)

Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light

DOCUMENTARY (2006) The 2006 documentary Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light, from director and film historian Gary Leva, was originally tucked away on various DVD film noir collections from Warner Bros. (it's on Film Noir Classic Collection Vol. 3, and still shows up occasionally as a "bonus feature"), but it's also available separately. It's billed as … Continue reading Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light

Steve Morgan (The Mysterious Mr. Valentine)

Created by Milton Raison There is a nifty little 1946 B-pic called The Mysterious Mr. Valentine from Republic. It stars William Henry as brash loudmouth private eye STEVE MORGAN, and Linda Sterling as his client, Janet Spencer. She hires him after she's accused of hitting and killing a man, following a convoluted string of events featuring … Continue reading Steve Morgan (The Mysterious Mr. Valentine)

John Klute (Klute)

Created by Andy and Dave Lewis "Tell me, Klute, did we get you a little? Huh? Just a little bit? Us city folk? The sin, the glitter, the wickedness? Huh?" "Ah - that's so pathetic." -- Klute responds to Bree's taunts with his typical brevity. Donald Sutherland plays tight-lipped small-town sleuth JOHN KLUTE in Klute, … Continue reading John Klute (Klute)

Dan Hammer (Riffraff)

Created by Martin Rackin 1947 saw the introduction of two private eyes named Hammer. This is the other one. DAN HAMMER made his debut in Riffraff, a little slice of B-filmery that still manages to hit the spot, and displaying some surprisingly stylish pizazz while doing it. Like it didn't know it was supposed to be … Continue reading Dan Hammer (Riffraff)

Joe Boone (Where’s Marlowe?)

Created by John Mankiewicz and Daniel Pyne "Always look for the lie." -- Boone tries out some cynicism Where's Marlowe?, a cinematic gene splice of Spinal Tap and The Maltese Falcon, begs the question, "Who's zoomin' who?" Originally intended as a made-for-TV flick, this sly, clever 1998 mockumentary "failed upward from a discarded TV pilot … Continue reading Joe Boone (Where’s Marlowe?)