Sexton Blake

Created by Harry Blyth Pseudonym of Hal Meredeth (and a cast of thousands) Created by Harry Blyth (under the pen name of Hal Meredeth) in 1893—six years after Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print—SEXTON BLAKE on to appear in over 4,000 stories, written told by a couple of hundred different writers, including John Creasey, Michael … Continue reading Sexton Blake

Van Trillo and Sam Suede

Created by Jonathan Geffner "Can a dummy find justice in a human world?" Is the world ready for... Dummy Noir? VAN TRILLO & SAM SUEDE aren't your typical 1940s private eyes. For one thing, Van Trillo is a ventriloquist. For another, his partner Sam Suede, is a real dummy. No, really. An actual dummy. Wood … Continue reading Van Trillo and Sam Suede

Mel Samson (Too Late)

Created by Dennis Huack "I need to change my life." -- Mel Samson MEL SAMSON is the hapless L.A. private eye centrepiece in Too Late, a twisted little bit of cinematic chess perpetrated by writer/director Dennis Hauck that plays with all your favourite P.I. and noir tropes (circa 2016) in all-new ways, thanks to a … Continue reading Mel Samson (Too Late)

Jim Bob Luke

Created by Joe R. Lansdale  More private eye action... as you like it. Shit-kicker gumshoe JIM BOB LUKE first appeared in the 1992 one-off Cold in July, a nasty little slice of vengeance and Texas justice run amock, full of crooked cops, murderous ex-cons and straight-arrow dads just trying to do the right thing, which … Continue reading Jim Bob Luke

Mulligan and Garrity (The Gorilla)

Created by Ralph Spence (1890-1940) "Out go the lights---on go the thrills! Shrieks! Yells! Roars! Screams! More Shrieks! MULLIGAN, MULLIGAN, WHERE THE HELL IS MULLIGAN?" -- lyrics from the musical Ralph Spence's 1925 play The Gorilla: A Musical Comedy, was a slight piece of silliness that intentionally lampooned the whole haunted house genre, so popular … Continue reading Mulligan and Garrity (The Gorilla)

Ben Garrity, Harrigan and Mulligan (The Gorilla)

Created by Ralph Spence (1890-1940) "A Ritz is afraid of nothing ... but ... THIS ... IS ... SOMETHING!" -- tagline The Gorilla was a relatively obscure comedy by playwright Ralph Spence (original title: The Gorilla: A Musical Comedy), which had a short run on Broadway way back in 1925, but it had surprising long … Continue reading Ben Garrity, Harrigan and Mulligan (The Gorilla)

Harry Petry (Hollywood Harry)

Created by Curt Allen "Fast women, Hard Liquor. And a detective without a clue." -- the tagline "I am not a character out of a god damn book". -- Harry gripes about his lot in life The always reliable Robert Forster (Banyon, Jackie Brown, Karen Sisco, etc.) dishes out another solid performance, this time as … Continue reading Harry Petry (Hollywood Harry)

Eddie Mannix (Hail, Caesar!)

Created by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen "EDDIE MANNIX" was a real-life character, a legendary (and allegedly mob-connected) Hollywood bouncer and fixer who rose through the ranks to become a studio executive at MGM in the fifties. You may recall his appearance in the 2006 film Hollywoodland, director Allen Coulter and writer Paul Bernbaum's ambitious … Continue reading Eddie Mannix (Hail, Caesar!)

Ronnie Jackson (My Favorite Brunette)

Created by Edmund Beloin and Jack Rose "You see, I wanted to be a detective, too. It only took brains, courage, and a gun...and I had the gun." -- Ronnie Jackson For any baby boomers or gen Xers out there who grew up in the sixties and seventies, Bob Hope is mostly remembered as a smarmy … Continue reading Ronnie Jackson (My Favorite Brunette)