It’s Hammer Time!

Send-ups and Put-Downs of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer "I passed this kid sucking a lollipop. Don Brown dead, and him sucking a lollipop. I rammed it down his throat. I hate injustice." -- from "Don Brown's Body" by Jean Kerr As literary poobah Christopher La Farge pointed out in an article on the Mickey Spillane … Continue reading It’s Hammer Time!

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)

Sai Srinivasa Athreya (Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya)

Created by Swaroop RSJ, Krishna Naroju & Naveen Polishetty India gets its very own wannabe private eye in Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya, a 2019 comedy thriller starring Naveen Polishetty as SAI SRINIVASA ATHREYA, an amiable doofus who's seen way too many detective movies. So naturally he sets up his own detective agency, The Fatima Bureau of Investigation (FBI, for short) … Continue reading Sai Srinivasa Athreya (Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya)

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)