Frankie Quinn (Francesca Quinn, P.I.)

Created by John Christian Plummer Even by Hallmark Movies & Mysteries standards, the first TV movie/episode of Francesca Quinn, P.I., which the Girl Detective and I watched the other sunday night, was disappointing. We certainly weren’t expecting anything particularly hard-boiled, noir or even “gritty"—that’s not what Hallmark does. But they have managed to put out … Continue reading Frankie Quinn (Francesca Quinn, P.I.)

The Casting Couch

How About... About a zillion years ago—1998, when I first started this site--I came up with the bright idea of asking people who should play various private eyes in television or film. I tossed out a few ideas: Robert DeNiro as Mike Hammer? Harrison Ford as Travis McGee? Bill Murray as Shell Scott? Tom Selleck … Continue reading The Casting Couch

John “GrimJack” Gaunt

Created by John Ostrander and Timothy Truman "Call me mercenary. Call me assassin. Call me a villain. I am all that and more." GRIMJACK was the titular hero of a hard-boiled mid-80s sci-fi comic book, set in an alternative reality, a weird mixture of Conan the Barbarian and Star Wars, with dashes of every genre … Continue reading John “GrimJack” Gaunt

Paul Temple

Created by Francis Durbridge (1912-1998) "By Timothy!" Once upon a time, one of the most popular private detectives of all time was PAUL TEMPLE. Unless you were American. But Temple ruled the U.K. and much of the Commonwealth, and his exploits entertained millions of fans around the world. He made his first appearance in a BBC … Continue reading Paul Temple

Don Strachey

Created by Richard Stevenson Pseudonym of Richard Lipez (1938-2022) Albany, New York private peeper DON STRACHEY is openly gay, a younger (forty-something) more emotional, and slightly flakier persona than Joseph Hansen's middle-aged, controlled Dave Brandstetter. Where Dave is calm and collected, Don is flippant, sassy, sloppy, paranoid, compulsive, impulsive and prone to plots and plans. … Continue reading Don Strachey

J.J. Starbuck

Created by Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010) "I reckon a diamond is just a hunk of coal that stuck to the job." Did someone say Texas? Just in case anyone missed the point, TV's cornpone-spouting J.J. (JEROME JEREMIAH) STARBUCK (played by Dale Robertson) wears ten-gallon hats, cowboy boots and fancy western shirts, drives a flashy limo with … Continue reading J.J. Starbuck

Pedro Gomez & Dennis “Hardball” Bakelenekoff (Grand Slam)

Created by Bill L. Norton In this extremely short-lived action/adventure series, comic Paul Rodriguez and John "Dukes of Hazzard" Schneider starred as PEDRO GOMEZ and DENNIS "HARDBALL" BAKELENEKOFF, bounty hunters for competing firms who eventually team up to nail a ruthless South American drug dealer, and end up going into business together, despite the fact they … Continue reading Pedro Gomez & Dennis “Hardball” Bakelenekoff (Grand Slam)

Carole Stanwyck & Sydney Kovack (Partners in Crime)

Created by James Stark and Leonard Stern According to Ric Meyers in The Armchair Detective (Vol. 19, #1, for those keeping tabs), CAROLE STANWYCK and SYDNEY KOVACK  are two "novice private eyes with lots to get off their chests and nothing on their minds." They teamed up Partners In Crime, a deservedly short-lived and instantly … Continue reading Carole Stanwyck & Sydney Kovack (Partners in Crime)

My Scrapbook: Garfield’s Babes & Bullets Production Cel

My Scrapbook Garfield's Babes & Bullets Production Cel Nothing spectacular, maybe, and I was never a big Garfield fan (sorry, Stephen), but this production cell from the Emmy-winning 1989 animated television special Garfield's Babes and Bullets, wherein Jim Davis' famous feline makes like a private eye, still makes me smile. When it went up for … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Garfield’s Babes & Bullets Production Cel

Christopher Chance (The Human Target)

Created by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino CHRISTOPHER CHANCE, better known as "The Human Target," made his actual debut way back in 1958 in the DC comic Gang Busters #61, and would have been nothing more than a slightly interesting if mostly forgotten one-shot, had he not been reincarnated in the back pages of Action … Continue reading Christopher Chance (The Human Target)