Sonny Hunt (Murder in Music City)

Created by Jimmy Sangster & Ernest Frankel Of course, when you think of Sonny Bono, the first thing that comes to mind is country music, right? Me neither. But in 1979, NBC tried to peddle a post-Cher Bono as Nashville private detective agency owner SONNY HUNT in the made-for-TV flick Murder in Music City. Bono … Continue reading Sonny Hunt (Murder in Music City)

John Smith (Sangster)

Created by Jimmy Sangster (2011) JOHN SMITH¬†used to work for British Intelligence, but he decided it wasn't for him. So he blackmailed his way out, and now toils as a private investigator with an office right in the midst of swinging London in the swinging sixties. But don't expect some Carnaby Street, or anything--Smith's world … Continue reading John Smith (Sangster)

Frank Cannon

Created by Quinn Martin (1922-87) and Edward Hume (1936--) It may seem dated now, but in its day, Cannon was one of the biggest P.I. TV shows of the seventies and make no mistake: there was plenty of meat on those bones... FRANK CANNON was a tough, expensive, overweight PI with a taste for fine … Continue reading Frank Cannon

Carl Kolchak (The Night Stalker)

Created by Jeff Rice "I promised I'd show up with a haircut, a new hat, and a pressed suit...¬†but I lie a lot." -- Carl Kolchak Poor CARL KOLCHAK. A wise-cracking, would-be hard-bitten newsman in a battered seersucker suit and straw boater hat, Kolchak would have been right at home in a 1940's newspaper flick. … Continue reading Carl Kolchak (The Night Stalker)

Bulldog Drummond

Created by Sapper Pseudonym of H. C. McNeile (1888-1937) "Demobilised Officer finding peace incredibly tedious would welcome diversion. Legitimate if possible; but crime of a humorous description, no objection. Excitement essential." CAPTAIN HUGH "BULLDOG" DRUMMOND, DSO, MC, Britian's immensely popular two-fisted adventurer was, in many ways, the response to the American hard-boiled school. He made … Continue reading Bulldog Drummond


Created by Anthony Wilson Oh-so-smug THOMAS BANACEK was a Boston-based Polish/American freelance insurance investigator whom insurance companies turned to when their own investigations have failed, in an engaging series of made-for-TV movies back in the seventies. His cockiness didn't exactly endear him to big shot insurance executive types, since calling in Banacek usually meant their … Continue reading Banacek