Kathy O’Connor (The Sunset Strip Case)

Created by Harold Joyce Live! Naked! Detecting! Okay, so KATHY O'CONNOR's not a private eye or even a cop. She's just another small-time showgirl (aren't they all?) who poses as a stripper to investigate her father's murder, in 1941 piece of cinematic silliness initally titled The Sunset Murder Case. It seems the owner of the … Continue reading Kathy O’Connor (The Sunset Strip Case)

Gus Slavin (Loophole)

Created by Dwight V. Babcock and George Bricker This time out, he's GUS SLAVIN, an LA-based investigator for a bonding service, who's putting the screws on war hero turned nice guy bank teller Mike Donovan (Barry Sullivan, the star of the show, playing the classic noir bonehead/doofus to perfection). Gus is convinced Donovan had something … Continue reading Gus Slavin (Loophole)

Ned Beaumont (The Glass Key)

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) "I can stand anything I've got to stand." -- Ned Beaumont     Unlike Dashiell Hammett's other novel-length protagonists, Sam Spade, The Continental Op and Nick Charles, NED BEAUMONT is not a private eye--not even a retired one. He's a political hanger-on and fixer, a cigar-smoking, hard-drinking gambler with a … Continue reading Ned Beaumont (The Glass Key)

Wade Miller

Pseudonym of Robert Wade (1920-2012) and Bill Miller (1920-61) Other pseudonyms include Whit Masterson, Dale Wilmer, & Will Daemer This bio, taken from Brian Ritt's excellent Paperback Confidential, highlights the career of a unique writing partnership that was responsible for the creation of one of the all-time great private eyes, Max Thursday, as well as … Continue reading Wade Miller

Guy Johnson (It’s a Wonderful World)

Created by Herman J.  Mankiewicz "I never met a dame who wasn't a nitwit or a lumphead." -- Guy's take on women. When his boozing millionaire client, Willie Heyward, is framed for murder, money-grubbing New York city private eye GUY JOHNSON (played by Jimmy Stewart at his befuddled, doofus best) hides him away so he can catch … Continue reading Guy Johnson (It’s a Wonderful World)

Roy Huggins

Pseudonyms include John Thomas James, Thomas Fitzroy, John Francis O'Mara (1914-2002) Crime fiction lost an important pioneer when ROY HUGGINS died on April 3, 2002 in Santa Monica, California, at age 87. Although best known as the creator of such popular TV series as Maverick, The Fugitive, 77 Sunset Strip and The Rockford Files, Huggins … Continue reading Roy Huggins

Joe Mulqueen (Top o’ the Morning)

Created by Edmund Beloin & Richard L. Breen Bing ("Legalize it!) Crosby more or less ruled the forties--he was riding high, at the absolute peak of his popularity. And he would continue to be an A-lister for decades to come. But with the 1949 release of the feature film musical Top o' the Morning, featuring Bing … Continue reading Joe Mulqueen (Top o’ the Morning)

John “Scottie” Ferguson

Created by Samuel A. Taylor (1912-2000) & Alec Coppel (1907-72) After Pierre Boileau (1906-88) & Thomas Narcejac (1908-98) "Scottie, do you believe that someone out of the past--someone dead--can enter and take possession of a living being?" -- Gavin Elster: (May contain spoilers) Retired San Francisco police detective JOHN "SCOTTIE" FERGUSON (Jimmy Stewart) already has more than his fair share … Continue reading John “Scottie” Ferguson

Last Night I Shot a Private Eye in My Pajamas…

Groucho Marx, P.I.? Created by Mr. and Mrs. Marx Okay, I'll confess. I'm a big Marx Brothers fan. I remember stumbling into class Monday mornings in high school, all bleary eyed, for what seemed like an entire semester, because CBC-Montreal insisted on running Marx Brothers flicks on the late show every Sunday night. And to … Continue reading Last Night I Shot a Private Eye in My Pajamas…

Jack Palmer

Created by Réné Pétillon(1945- 2018) JACK PALMER is the clown prince of bede private eyes. He's a scooter-riding squirt; a hapless low-rent private peeper in a beat-up fedora and a dingy, rumpled trench coat several sizes too big for him, with an ass-backwards style of investigation that leaves him stuck in some pretty bizarre predicaments. Not … Continue reading Jack Palmer