Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files)

Created By Roy Huggins And Stephen J. Cannell "This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and number. I'll get back to you..." So began each weekly episode of The Rockford Files, which aired from 1974 to 1980 on NBC, certainly the most beloved private eye series to ever grace the television screen, … Continue reading Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files)

Oh, Palmdale!

Okay, Palmdale is not Montreal. But my adopted home in California's High Desert just doesn't get much respect in crime fiction. First time I realized this was while watching Accomplice, a 1946 B-flick featuring Los Angeles private eye Simon Lash and his partner Eddie Slocum discuss┬áthe possible location of a suspect. When "Palmdale" is suggested, … Continue reading Oh, Palmdale!

Lionel Whitney & E.L. Turner (Tenspeed & Brown Shoe)

Created by Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010) "Giddy-giddy-guy." In this fondly remembered but criminally short-lived 1980 TV show, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, then virtually unknown Jeff Goldblum starred as the very naive, bored, terminally-square stockbroker LIONEL "BROWN SHOE" WHITNEY -- a doofus with fantasies of becoming an over-boiled private eye like his fictional hero, Mark Savage, Private … Continue reading Lionel Whitney & E.L. Turner (Tenspeed & Brown Shoe)

Mark Savage Says…

The Mark Savage Books by Stephen J. Cannell "She had a figure that could get them off the marble slab of the morgue." -- Mark Savage says... The greatest producer of private eye television was undoubtedly Steven J. Cannell. The obvious marker is The Rockford Files, ┬ábut when you toss in everything else he created, … Continue reading Mark Savage Says…