Sam Callaghan

Created by Paul Barron and Peter Andrikidis Serangoon Road is a 2013 ten-episode private eye drama from Australia, set in 1960s Singapore, and starring Don Hany and Joan Chen. The mini-series, filmed on location in Singapore, is a big deal international co-production between ABC TV and HBO Asia, with American and Australian money also involved, … Continue reading Sam Callaghan

Mike Barnett (Man Against Crime)

Created by Lawrence Klee Featured on both radio and television, MIKE BARNETT was a New York private eye so tough he didn't need a gun. Take that, Hammer! Along with Martin Kane, which made its debut only a few weeks earlier, Man Against Crime (1949-54) was part of a one-two punch that set the scene for … Continue reading Mike Barnett (Man Against Crime)

Doug D’Mello (The Indian Detective)

Created by Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide Okay, so DOUG D'MELLO is not a private eye. What he is is a recently demoted (to Constable Fourth Class) and suspended (for a month) member of the Toronto Metropolitan Police Force, following a spectacularly botched drug arrest. That went viral. Of course, that's not the real hook for … Continue reading Doug D’Mello (The Indian Detective)

Roy Markham (Markham)

Created by Sterling Silliphant and Robert C. Dennis This short-lived American TV series, intended as a summer replacement, tried to cash in on the success of Perry Mason and Peter Gunn (and preceded Burke's Law), consummate pro Ray Milland starred as suave, wealthy, educated, ex-patriate Brit ROY MARKHAM, a successful, but rather bored criminal attorney who … Continue reading Roy Markham (Markham)

Suspicion

Television Anthology Series Suspicion was a short-lived American television anthology series from NBC that only lasted one season, and focussed mostly (but not exclusively) on murder and mystery stories, with many of the episodes filmed live. The executive producer of ten of the filmed episodes was film director Alfred Hitchcock, and he even directed the … Continue reading Suspicion

Sam Logan (The Man from Blackhawk)

Created by Herb Meadow Perhaps the only genre more popular than private eyes in television's early years was the western, so it didn't long before someone came up with the idea of combining the two. By far the most successful attempt (and one of the first) was Have Gun, Will Travel, which made it debut … Continue reading Sam Logan (The Man from Blackhawk)

Barkley Nunn (Hollywood Detective)

Created by Scott Curtis Pseudonym of Brian Alan Lane "Hollywood finally came up with a cure for writer's block" Not to be confused with the made-for-TV standalone flick The Hollywood Detective, starring Telly Savalas (or the Dan Turner pulp magazine), this mini-series was just Hollywood Detective (no "the"). Billed at the time as basic cable's … Continue reading Barkley Nunn (Hollywood Detective)

Ben Shaley

Created by Norbert Davis (1909-1949) "Shaley was bonily tall. He had a thin, tanned face with bitterly heavy lines in it. He looked calm; but he looked like he was being calm on purpose--as though he was consciously holding himself in. He had an air of hardboiled confidence." "Red Goose," one of Norbert Davis' very … Continue reading Ben Shaley