Marcus “Gabby” Hayes & Gandolph “Gandy” Fitch (Gabby & Gandy)

Gandolph Fitch created by Gordon Dawson Marcus Hayes created by Chas. Floyd Johnson, Dorothy J. Bailey & Stephen J. Cannell "Gabby and Gandy - sounds like a puppet show." --Jim, on learning of the proposed new partnership, in "Just Another Polish Wedding" I loved the original Spenser for Hire, but have always wanted to see a … Continue reading Marcus “Gabby” Hayes & Gandolph “Gandy” Fitch (Gabby & Gandy)

Feluda (Pradosh Chandra Mitra)

Created by Satyajit Ray (1921-92) PRADOSH CHANDRA MITTER, more commonly known as FELUDA is a thirty-something private eye created by the well known Indian filmmaker, cartoonist, musician and novelist Satyajit Ray. The character made his debut in 1965 in the popular Bengali children’s magazine Sandesh that Ray edited (and which his grandfather had founded), appearing regularly in … Continue reading Feluda (Pradosh Chandra Mitra)

Mike Hercules (Alias Mike Hercules)

Created by Herbert Margolis Hugh Beaumont, the affably bland fifties actor mostly known as the persistently perplexed dad, Ward Cleaver, on TV classic Leave It to Beaver (1957-63), had an earlier career as a sort of utility player, appearing in numerous films and television series. His resumé included several crime flicks, including roles in The … Continue reading Mike Hercules (Alias Mike Hercules)

Lance White (The Rockford Files)

Created by Stephen J. Cannell "Hunches don't come from any place, Jim, they're just hunches. That's how we solve our cases. We get hunches, they turn out to be right, and the case gets solved. Gee, I don't know how you survive as a private investigator, Jim. You don't seem to know any of this … Continue reading Lance White (The Rockford Files)

Joe Rogers

Created by Ross Macdonald Pseudonym.  of Kenneth Millar, aka John Ross Macdonald, John Macdonald (1915-83) Legend has it that Canadian rocker Neil Young wrote "Cowgirl in the Sand," "Cinammon Girl" and "Down by the River," three of his best-known early songs, in one afternoon, while sick with the flu, and running a fever of 103. In a similar … Continue reading Joe Rogers

Pursuit

Television Anthology Series PURSUIT was a short-lived American television anthology series from CBS, focussing on crime and suspense stories about people being  pursued by others. The airwaves at the time were crowded with similar shows, such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Suspicion or Kraft Mystery Theatre, and Pursuit didn't stay around for too long, only airing twelve episodes. … Continue reading Pursuit

Henry Savage

Created by Irwin Gielgud (1919-61) & Gwen (née Bagni) Gielgud (1913-2001) Savage is the Name was a pretty good title for a proposed television show that would have starred Barry Sullivan as HENRY SAVAGE, a former FBI Agent turned security specialist for a major airline, with Pat O'Brien as his sidekick. The pilot for the show … Continue reading Henry Savage

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

Ken Franklin (International Detective)

(Possibly) created by Edward J. Mason or Guy Morgan The short-lived television show, International Detective (1959-60), followed the thrilling adventures of private detective KEN FRANKLIN, who was played by blandly handsome, future quiz show host Art Fleming (billed as “Arthur” Fleming). Whether it was planned this way or not, his character seemed to combine elements from … Continue reading Ken Franklin (International Detective)