Sian Holt (Star Wars: The High Republic)

Created by Daniel José Older and David Wachter Well, it had to happen... The Star Wars universe has, as far as I can tell, finally unveiled its very first private investigator. SIAN HOLT  is a high-priced space shamus who operates during the so-called High Republic Era, which takes place about two hundred years before the events … Continue reading Sian Holt (Star Wars: The High Republic)

“My Client’s Wife”

By Michael Bracken Featuring "Moe Ron" Boyette Spring 2007 I watched my client's wife through the open French doors leading from their bedroom to the back patio, surprised at my reaction to her half-clothed figure, and I knew that it would be another long, hard night. "Anything?" my client asked the following morning. I shook my … Continue reading “My Client’s Wife”

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

“You’re a good man, sister”

Stand-up Secretaries & the Eyes Lucky Enough to Have Them "You're a damned good man, sister" - Sam Spade to Effie Perine in The Maltese Falcon Yeah, yeah, I know... amanuensises, administrative assistants, office managers, workflow technicians... whatever... Effie Perine She manned the offices of Spade and Archer, lighting Sam's smokes, and maybe a whole lot … Continue reading “You’re a good man, sister”

Crossover Hangover

Sometimes, TV eyes, just like their literary counterparts, seem to have trouble knowing their place (see "Great Cameos"), and wander onto other television shows, in what sometimes seems like an endless number of "very special" episodes. Hawaiian Eye/77 Sunset Strip Stuart Bailey from 77 Sunset Strip appeared in the first episode of Hawaiian Eye, "Malihini … Continue reading Crossover Hangover

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)

“The Gospel According to Gordon Black”

By Richard Helms Featuring Eamon Gold Fall 2007 Gordon Black was a short man with an intimidating stare. His hair and beard were completely white. He liked to accentuate his points by drawing circles in the air with his index fingers. “We are nothing but organic flotsam, bobbing in the infinite sea of life. Don't you … Continue reading “The Gospel According to Gordon Black”

Jack Levine

Created by Andrew Bergman(1945--) "Private dicks aren't known for being great abstract thinkers, Miss Lane, but we can get around town without a map."-- Jack tries to reassure a client in The Big Kiss-Off of 1944    One of the first, and still one of the very best retro eyes, alongside Nate Heller and Toby … Continue reading Jack Levine

Janie ‘Strummer’ Jones (Black’s Myth)

Created by Eric Palicki (text) and Wendell Cavalcanti (art) Come out of the closets, you boys and you girls, and meet JANIE "STRUMMER" JONES, yet another comic book werewolf P.I.  Naturally it's a "punk rock urban fantasy noir horror" comic--so my guess is that the P.I. end of the hybrid schtick gets the usual short shrift, but I'll have … Continue reading Janie ‘Strummer’ Jones (Black’s Myth)

Stone & Stine (City of Angels)

Music by Cy Coleman Lyrics by David Zippel Book by Larry Gelbart ''It's as though I was hit by a wrecking ball wearing a pinky ring'' -- Stone City of Angels was an ambitious and well-received musical comedy that wowed them on Broadway in 1989, written by Larry (M*A*S*H) Gelbart, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics … Continue reading Stone & Stine (City of Angels)