Created by Hirokazu Kore-eda "I expected a better ending" -- Ryoto] In the 2017 Japanese film Umi yori mo mada fukaku (After the Storm), acclaimed novelist SHINODA RYOTO's life is going nowhere. His long-suffering wife Kyoko has left him, he and his eleven year-old son Shingo are drifting apart, his mother is aging, and the words just … Continue reading Shinoda Ryota (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)
Created by Jean C. Havez, Joe Mitchell & Clyde Bruckman Okay, the silent film classic isn't really a private detective film, not really. But it's private eye adjacent, and it's something of a classic, regardless--you won't regret checking out this little bit of surrealistic slapstick. The great Buster Keaton plays a lowly film projectionist (and janitor) who only … Continue reading The Projectionist (Sherlock Jr.)
Pseudonyms include Tom Brandt and Cord Wainer (1915-81) This bio, taken from Brian Ritt's excellent Paperback Confidential, highlights the career of one of the true pioneers of the genre--Thomas B. Dewey, a man who bridged the gap between the Hammett/Chandler model and the more socially aware and compassionate eyes that followed, such as Lew Archer, … Continue reading Thomas B. Dewey
Created by Thomas B. Dewey Pseudonyms include Tom Brandt and Cord Wainer (1915-81) Whatever fame the great but unjustly ignored Thomas B. Dewey managed to claim was for his two fine private eye series, featuring the husband-and-wife team of Pete and Jeanne Schofield and hard-boiled Chicago gumshoe Mac respectively. But he created another very entertaining … Continue reading Singer Batts
Created by Thomas B. Dewey Pseudonyms include Tom Brandt and Cord Wainer (1915-81) The thing about San Fernando Valley post-war private eye PETE SCHOFIELD and his "beautiful little redhead" wife JEANNE is that they're married--happily! Well, more or less. Trust me, in private detective fiction, particularly for those times, there weren't many happily married couples, … Continue reading Pete & Jeanne Schofield
Created by Thomas B. Dewey Pseudonyms include Tom Brandt and Cord Wainer (1915-81) "It may be that the recent white Anglo-Saxon Christian struggle to canonize the informer will be lost in the rivers and back streets of America, where 'rat' is still spelled with three letters and the only way to save your life is … Continue reading “Mac” Robinson
Created by John Roeburt (1909-72) JIGGER MORAN is a disbarred Illinois attorney and sometime-cabbie who now cruises the streets of Manhattan at night, keeping an eye open for the main chance, when he's not shooting craps. He takes cases no honest lawyer or P.I. would touch, and is on relatively good terms with several of … Continue reading J. Howard “Jigger” Moran
The Funniest Eyes No, really. Call it "Humour in a Severed Jugular Vein," if you must, but people have been poking fun at the P.I. genre -- and the whole mystery genre, for that matter -- almost as soon as it appeared. But there were a few brave souls over the years who dared to … Continue reading Are You Trying to Be Funny?
Send-ups and Put-Downs of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer "I passed this kid sucking a lollipop. Don Brown dead, and him sucking a lollipop. I rammed it down his throat. I hate injustice." -- from "Don Brown's Body" by Jean Kerr As literary poobah Christopher La Farge pointed out in an article on the Mickey Spillane … Continue reading It’s Hammer Time!
Created by Betty Comden and Adolph Green It's not the same old song-and-dance, my friend... ROD RILEY's something of a parody figure like Guy Noir, and he exists in only one extended dance sequence, but take it from me--he's wonderful. The number, which appears in the 1953 film musical The Band Wagon (probably best known … Continue reading Rod Riley (The Girl Hunt Ballet)