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)

The Neo-Noirs

Noir in the Nineties (Sometimes the Eyes Don't Have It) The private eye film seems to be an increasingly rare animal, but the nineties saw a major rebirth of the crime film. Some of these were small, cash-in-the-empties indie productions, barely appearing in theatres before rushing to video or cable, and others were big budget … Continue reading The Neo-Noirs

Mickey Haller

Created by Michael Connelly "Everybody lies... Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. The victims lie. A trial is a contest of lies." -- Haller in The Brass Verdict Best known for his popular series about dark horse cop (and sometime private eye) Harry Bosch, author Michael Connelly has also dabbled with other almost-eye protagonists, including … Continue reading Mickey Haller

Al Roach

Created by Obie Scott Wade, Michael Maler and Jordan Beswick Jim Rockford goes buggy! In this six-minute animated spoof/homage to film noir and old RKO detective B-flicks from the forties, James Garner provides the voice for AL ROACH, PRIVATE INSECTIGATOR. Roach is the fedora-sporting roach gumshoe with a seedy office in Doowylloh (read it backwards), … Continue reading Al Roach

Jack Andrews

Created by John Dahl and David W. Warfield The sign says "Licensed Investigator, Confidentiality Guaranteed, 1248 Dahl Av., Reno, Nevada." What it doesn't say is that JACK ANDREWS (played by an impossibly boyish-looking Val Kilmer) is not particularly good at the job. He's a business degree major and a former insurance investigator who's on the skids following … Continue reading Jack Andrews

Carson Phillips

Created by Richard Salvatore, with Jay Brandon “Whoever named it the City of Angels had a terrific sense of humor.” Carson Phillips on L.A. The seventies? You're soaking in it... The 1970s were a great decade for private eye films, easily rivaling the 1930s if you ask me. Not only did the "Me Decade" give … Continue reading Carson Phillips

The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)

Created by Drexel Drake Pseudonym of Charles H. Huff (1887-1959) Or possibly: Michael Arlen Pseudonym of Dikran Kouyoumdjian (1895-1956)  THE FALCON was the nom de guerre of a true man of mystery. He was either MICHAEL WINGATE, a shadowy figure who took on the underworld with the aid of his friend Sarge, avoiding the police … Continue reading The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)

Philip Marlow (The Singing Detective)

Also Dan Dark Created by Dennis Potter "All solutions and no clues. That's what the dumbheads want...I'd rather it was the other way around. All clues. No solutions. That's the way things are. Plenty of clues. No solutions." -- Marlow waxes philosophic on what the public wants in a detective novel. The Singing Detective, which aired … Continue reading Philip Marlow (The Singing Detective)

Dave Fenner

Created by James Hadley Chase Pseudonym of René Brabazon Raymond; also wrote as Raymond Marshall (1906-85) According to legend, James Hadley Chase's first novel, No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1939) was dashed off by the former door-to-door encyclopedia salesman in just six weekends. His intention was to capitalize on the popularity in Britain of imported … Continue reading Dave Fenner

Joe Hallenbeck

Created by Shane Black and Greg Hicks "This is the nineties. You don't just go around punching people. You have to say something cool first." -- Joe muses on the state of the action flick, circa 1991. In the surprisingly nasty 1991 action flick The Last Boy Scout, Bruce Willis stars as JOE HALLENBECK, the former hot shot … Continue reading Joe Hallenbeck