Katie “The Duchess” Blayne

Created by Whitman Chambers (1896-1968) You want a speed-rapping, wise-cracking, cocky female reporter from the pulps who can run rings around her male counterparts? Then KATIE BLAYNE, aka "The Duchess," might be your gal. Invariably lumped in with Torchy Blane, with whom she shares a gift for mile-a-minute yammering, hard-charging competitivness, and a knack for getting … Continue reading Katie “The Duchess” Blayne

J.J. McGonigle (The Come-On)

Created by Whitman Chambers(1896-1968) He's not the star of this rarely seen B-flick, but Jesse White (TV's Maytag repairman for over thirty years) as smarmy, corrupt private eye J.J. McGONIGLE is definitely worth checking out in The Come-On, a twisty/turny 1956 film noir from second string studio Allied Artists. Anne Baxter plays the hottie here; … Continue reading J.J. McGonigle (The Come-On)

Karl Benson (Manhandled)

Created by L.S. Goldsmith “You’re not talking to a cluck Charlie. You’re talking to a guy who knows all the angles.” Dan Duryea plays gum-popping KARL BENSON, a crooked ex-cop reduced to doing repo jobs, divorce frame-ups and assorted other sordid sidelines in Lewis Foster's preposterous but entertaining 1949 noir, Manhandled. The flick does have … Continue reading Karl Benson (Manhandled)