Rex Shepard (You Never Can Tell)

Created by Lou Breslow and David Chandler "Oh Goldie, these are humans we're dealing with. You can't just tell them the truth and expect them to believe it." -- Rex explains the inadequacies of humans. Speaking of unfortunate viewing habits, how could you not include You Never Can Tell in the list of movies on your … Continue reading Rex Shepard (You Never Can Tell)

Jeff “Red” Bailey (Out of the Past)

Created by Geoffrey Homes Pseudonym of Daniel Mainwaring (1902-77) "I was at the bottom of the barrel and I was scraping it." -- Jeff Bailey "RED" BAILEY (JEFF in the film) is the world-weary, sleepy-eyed private eye who just wants to forget, in the classic film noir Out of the Past (1947, RKO), based on … Continue reading Jeff “Red” Bailey (Out of the Past)

Tom Davison (Insurance Investigator)

Created by Gertrude Walker and Beth Brown In the enjoyable little 1951 flick Insurance Investigator (not to be confused with the dreadful 2001 straight-to-video porn flick The Insurance Investigator), TOM DAVISON of the Cosmopolitan Life Insurance Co. is dispatched to investigate a suspicious death. Apparently tea-totaler wealthy real estate agent George Sullivan, who had a $100,000 double … Continue reading Tom Davison (Insurance Investigator)

Franz (Le jeu avec le feu)

Created by Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922-2008) Eeeewwwww... Breasts! Orgies! Dream sequences! Le jeu avec le feu (1975) is a prime slab of misogynist French erotica, courtesy of experimental, avante-garde film-maker Alain Robbe-Grillet, who squeezes in all his usual kinks--lots of beautiful (and naked) women, plenty of bondage, a little incest, a little S&M, a little rape, … Continue reading Franz (Le jeu avec le feu)

Louis Simo (Hollywoodland)

Created by Paul Bernbaum For truth, justice and the American way... LOUIS SIMO is the fictional private eye set loose to investigate the mysterious real-life death of 1950s actor George Reeves in Hollywoodland, director Allen Coulter and writer Paul Bernbaum's ambitious 2006 release. It's actually two films, really, or rather two separate but interwoven stories, … Continue reading Louis Simo (Hollywoodland)

My Scrapbook: Original Pressbook for Manhandled

My Scrapbook Original Pressbook for Manhandled (1949, Paramount Pictures) If you're not familiar with the 1949 film noir Manhandled, it's about time you checked it out. The 1949 film noir is no lost classic, despite a decent cast (Dorothy Lamour, Sterling Hayden, etc.), but Dan Duryea, as private detective Karl Benson, is an absolute joy to … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Original Pressbook for Manhandled

Jerry Tracy

Created by Theodore A. Tinsley Pseudonyms include Reid Sleyton (1894-79) Hard-boiled Daily Planet gossip columnist JERRY TRACY makes Broadway his beat, in two dozen or so short stories in the pager of Black Mask in the thirties, full of rat-ta-tat-tat action. Because Jerry was probably the toughest, most two-fisted gossip columnist you'd ever want to … Continue reading Jerry Tracy

Jerry Wheeler

Created by Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich Pseudonyms include George Hopley & William Irish (1903-1968) Live! Naked! Detecting! Call it a weakness, but the idea of a stripper sleuth gets me going in all sorts of ways. And this no doubt unhealthy and definitely adolescent obsession started with a short story read at a tender young age that I still … Continue reading Jerry Wheeler

Pass the Popcorn…

YouTube P.I. Treasures. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow... They're here, they're gone, but I've caught the following items recently. I'm not going to list anything that's available on DVD, Blu-Ray or on legit screening channels, but I will suggest some video goodies that may--or may not--be totally legit. Of course, the video quality of some of … Continue reading Pass the Popcorn…

Nero Wolfe & Archie Goodwin

Created by Rex Stout (1886-1975) "Compose yourself, Archie. Why taunt me? Why upbraid me? I am merely a genius, not a god." --Nero Wolfe humbly confesses, in Fer-de-Lance "Go to hell, I'm reading." -- Archie has other things on his mind. Also in Fer-de-Lance At first glance, Rex Stout's NERO WOLFE might seem out of … Continue reading Nero Wolfe & Archie Goodwin