Gus Monk (The Monk)

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) "An independent guy like Gus Monk is always attractive. He attracts women, money, excitement… and danger." No, not that Monk. This is a whole different San Francisco treat. Hmmmm... maybe they're related. The Monk was a pilot for a proposed television series, featuring George (Route 66) Maharis as GUS MONK, … Continue reading Gus Monk (The Monk)

Justin Case

Created by Blake Edwards and Jennifer Edwards In the definitely kooky but only slightly spooky made-for-TV flick Justin Case, which appeared during The Disney Sunday Movie on ABC in 1988, the ghost of murdered private eye, the unfortunately and eponymously named JUSTIN CASE (played by George Carlin, of all people), teams up with Jennifer (played … Continue reading Justin Case

Willie Dante (Dante’s Inferno)

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) In the fifties, realizing he was perhaps a little too long in the tooth to reprise his role as Richard Diamond for television, Dick Powell turned to directing and producing. In 1952, along with David Niven, Charles Boyer and Ida Lupino, Powell created create Four Star Television (later Four Star … Continue reading Willie Dante (Dante’s Inferno)

Richard Diamond

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) "Diamond Detective Agency. A pleasant smile, a cheerful rhyme, and we'll keep you from doing time." -- Diamond answers his own phone. Babyfaced Dick Powell was considered pretty much a lightweight song-and-dance man until his rebirth as a movie tough guy in Murder My Sweet (1944, RKO), where he played … Continue reading Richard Diamond

My Scrapbook: Original Artwork for “Peter Goon” by Jack Davis

My Scrapbook Original Artwork for "Peter Goon" by Jack Davis What? You thought MAD Magazine had a monopoly on snotty, adolescent parodies on television private eyes? Or that the work of the "usual gang of idiots" was exclusive to William M. Gaines' "What, Me Worry?" periodical? Nope. In its day, MAD had a slew of … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Original Artwork for “Peter Goon” by Jack Davis

Peter Gunn

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) Suave, sophisticated, hep to the jive, groovin' to the oh-so-cool jazzbo-beat, PETER GUNN was like nothing ever seen before on television or anywhere else, really. He was a new kind of eye. While other dicks hung out in rundown offices, swilling rotgut, living hand to mouth, loners till the end, … Continue reading Peter Gunn

Joe Adams (Mr. Lucky)

Developed for televison by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) No, Mr. Lucky wasn't a private eye show, though it bore more than a passing resemblance to Peter Gunn, right down to the same creative team, a snappy Henry Mancini theme and a good-looking, suave kinda guy in the lead. And whether he liked it or not, trouble … Continue reading Joe Adams (Mr. Lucky)