Johnny Fletcher & Sam Cragg

Created by Frank Gruber Pseudonyms include Stephen Acre, Charles K. Boston & John K. Vedder (1904-69) JOHNNY FLETCHER and SAM CRAGG may claim to be private eyes or even book salesmen, but what they really are are scam artists supreme, always one step from the poorhouse or jail, it seems. Johnny's the "brains" of the … Continue reading Johnny Fletcher & Sam Cragg

Boston Blackie

Created by Jack Boyle (1881-1928) "Enemy to those who make him an enemy. Friend to those who have no friend." --from the intro to the Boston Blackie radio show (1945) BOSTON BLACKIE is a rather peculiar character to include here as he wasn't a P.I. in his original incarntation at all, but a jewel thief … Continue reading Boston Blackie

Albert Arnett (Born to Kill)

Created by James Gunn Pseudonym of John Darcy Cannon (1920-66) "It's quite all right, Mrs. Brent. I am a man of integrity, but I'm always willing to listen to an interesting offer." -- Arnett maskes his pitch to Helen in Born to Kill The 1947 noir classic Born to Kill from RKO is not a … Continue reading Albert Arnett (Born to Kill)

They Also Served: William Gargan

ACTOR, and TELEVISION'S FIRST PRIVATE EYE If WILLIAM GARGAN (1905-79) brought a certain air of authenticity--if not grit--to his numerous roles as a detective, there was a good reason--he'd actually worked as a one at one point in his life. In fact, much of his pre-acting life may have been a contributing factor to whatever verisimilitude … Continue reading They Also Served: William Gargan

Sandy Stern

Created by Scott Turow (1949--) "A defense lawyer is like a person feeling along a wall, looking for a light switch in the dark." -- Sandy Stern, quoted in The Laws of Our Fathers ALEJANDRO "SANDY" STERN is no private eye. And he's sure no Perry Mason. But like Erle Stanley Gardner's famous creation, Sandy is a … Continue reading Sandy Stern

David Barton (Catalina Interlude)

Created by Jack Roberts Catalina Interlude (1948) isn't much of a private eye movie but then, it's barely much of a movie, either... Clocking in at just eighteen minutes, it's a bit of non-essential fluff about private eye DAVID BARTON (Richard Webb) who's hired by a middle-aged movie star, Barbara Banton (Bernadene Hayes), to track … Continue reading David Barton (Catalina Interlude)

Sam Marlow (The Man With Bogart’s Face)

Created by Andrew J. Fenady Way back in the nineteen seventies, during the mini-nostalgia boom for all things from the thirties and forties, actor Robert Sacchi parlayed his spooky resemblance to Humphrey Bogart into a nice little career in TV commercials and movie cameos. The big payoff, though, came with the 1980 release of The Man … Continue reading Sam Marlow (The Man With Bogart’s Face)

Nick Carter

Created by Nicholas Carter Pseudonym of John R. Coryell (1848-1924) Sound of someone knocking on the door... Woman: "What's the matter? What is it?" Man: "It's another case for Nick Carter... Master Detective!." Announcer: "Yes, it's another case for that most famous of all manhunters, the detective whose ability at solving crime is unequalled in … Continue reading Nick Carter

Milo March

Created by M.E. Chaber Pseudonym of Kendall Foster Crossen Other pseudonyms include Bennett Barlay, Christopher Monig, Richard Foster & Clay Richards (1910-1981) MILO MARCH, a former employee of both the OSS and the CIA before becoming a high-flying, globetrotting investigator for Denver-based Intercontinental Innsurance, appeared in over twenty fast-paced books by M.E. Chaber. Later in … Continue reading Milo March