TRUE PRIVATE DETECTIVEby Maximilliann | created - 04 May 2016 | updated - 23 Sep 2017 | Public
Filmography of the most legendary private detectives who have successfully passed from literature to the big screen. From the clasic victorian detective, Sherlock Holmes and the famous detectives created by Agatha Christie, to the hardboiled detectives, created by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, S.S. Van Dine, H. C. McNeile, Chester Gould, Earl Derr Biggers, Sax Rohmer, Ellery Queen, Rex Stout, Brett Haliday, Michael Arles, Leslie Charteris, Peter Cheyney, Mickey Spillane, Ross McDonald, Marvin H. Albert and Lee Child. They're the umbeatable Phillipe Marlowe, Secret Agent X-9, Sam Spade, Nick & Nora Charles, Philo Vance, Bulldog Drummond, Dick Tracy, Charlie Chan, Ellery Queen, Nero Wolfe, Nayland Smith, Michael Shayne, Gay Lawrence "the Falcon", Simon Templar "the Saint", Lemmy Caution, Mike Hammer, Lew Harper, Toni Rome, Harry Callahan, John Shaft and Jack Reacher.
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2. The Return of Bulldog Drummond (1934)
73 min | Mystery
Drummond leads a black-shirted platoon of men from his former unit against foreign interlopers trying to pull England into dangerous overseas entanglements.
3. Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934)
Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Mystery
Algy, Bulldog Drummond's right-hand-man, is getting married. Bulldog attends; on the way home, in the fog, he enters the (apparently deserted) mansion of Prince Achmed in search of a phone.... See full summary »
6. Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937)
Approved | 64 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
The girlfriend of Captain Drummond has been kidnapped by an enemy of Drummond who seeks revenge. But Drummond and his friend Colonel Nielsen at once follow his trail...
7. Bulldog Drummond's Revenge (1937)
Unrated | 57 min | Adventure, Mystery
Captain Drummond travels to Switzerland in order to marry his girlfriend but the disappearance of a dangerous cargo of explosives makes him delay his plans.
8. Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938)
Passed | 66 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
In this episode captain Drummond tries to find the killer of various people. All assassinations were provoked by a diamond of great value, but Drummond will face the danger.
10. Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1938)
Approved | 57 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
The invention of a war machine, that brings to explosion everything one wants to, puts Scotland Yard and Captain Drummond into alarm.
11. Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)
Approved | 56 min | Mystery, Thriller
Captain Drummond and his girlfriend want to marry but a hidden treasure in the house in which they want to celebrate their marriage is complicating the situation.
12. Bulldog Drummond's Bride (1939)
Approved | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A bank-robbery in London prevents - again - the marriage of Bulldog Drummond with his girlfriend. But this time when the delinquents are caught it will be celebrated at last.
13. Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1947)
Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery
"Bulldog" Drummond is vacationing in his country home in England, and his house if rifled by two thieves. After they leave he finds a card marked with some mysterious letters. Doris ... See full summary »
14. Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1947)
Approved | 65 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A Scotland Yard Inspector, seeking a missing heiress, is murdered in his own home. "Bulldog" Drummond finds one of the two women claiming to be the real heiress hiding in a closet in the ... See full summary »
15. 13 Lead Soldiers (1948)
Passed | 64 min | Crime, Mystery
Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond is called in to solve the murder of a man from whom two lead soldiers were stolen. Drummond learns that the two soldiers were part of a set of thirteen which... See full summary »
17. Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951)
Approved | 80 min | Crime, Mystery
With a ruthless gang terrorizing London, Scotland Yard calls Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond out of retirement. With the help of detective Helen Smith, Drummond infiltrates the gang under an ... See full summary »
19. Some Girls Do (1969)
G | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A series of unexplainable accidents befall the people and companies responsible for developing the world's first supersonic airliner (SST1). A British agent is sent to investigate and with ... See full summary »
20. The Canary Murder Case (1929)
Passed | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A beautiful showgirl, nicknamed 'the Canary', is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and soon ends up dead. But who killed 'the Canary'. All the suspects who knew her had ... See full summary »
21. The Greene Murder Case (1929)
Passed | 69 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
At the end of each year, the extremely wealthy but odious Greene family gets together at the spooky old family castle to establish terms of a will, though they despise each other. This year... See full summary »
22. The Bishop Murder Case (1929)
Passed | 88 min | Drama, Mystery
When the body of a man nicknamed "Cock Robin" is found with an arrow in the heart on an archery range along with a chess bishop as a clue, Philo Vance investigates.
23. The Benson Murder Case (1930)
Passed | 65 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A ruthless, crooked stockbroker is murdered at his luxurious country estate, and detective Philo Vance just happens to be there; he decides to find out who killed him.
24. The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
Passed | 73 min | Crime, Mystery
Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.
25. The Dragon Murder Case (1934)
Passed | 67 min | Mystery
The Stann family gives a small party prior to daughter Bernice's marriage to socialite Monty, but all of the guests seem to be against the match.
26. The Casino Murder Case (1935)
Passed | 82 min | Mystery
After socialite Lynn Llewwllen receives an anonymous threat, he is poisoned at his uncle's casino, and although he recovers, his wife is murdered by the same killer.
27. The Garden Murder Case (1936)
Passed | 61 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Two people with ties to rich murdered socialite Lowe Hammle die from unusual suicides but Vance suspects hypnosis and foul play.
28. The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)
Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a ... See full summary »
29. Calling Philo Vance (1940)
Approved | 62 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Despite an exclusive contract with the U.S. government, designer Archer Coe's design is being bid on by German, Japanese, and Italian agents - until he's murdered.
31. Philo Vance Returns (1947)
Passed | 64 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
Playboy Larry Blendon (Damian O'Flynn) introduces his grandmother Stella Blendon (Clara Blandick) to his fiancee, radio singer Virginia Berneaux (Ramsay Ames). Despite Larry's record of ... See full summary »
32. Philo Vance's Secret Mission (1947)
Approved | 58 min | Mystery
Publisher Martin Jamison sends for Philo Vance as he wants to hire him as a technical advisor on the crime stories he publishes. Paul Morgan, Jamison's partner, regards the plan as foolish.... See full summary »
34. After the Thin Man (1936)
Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Private detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora are back home at last and hoping for a quiet New Year when Nora's brother-in-law is murdered. The obvious suspect is his wife, Nora's sister, Selma.
36. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A jockey has been shot dead at the race track. Famous detective Nick Charles and his wife Nora happen to be on the scene and Lt. Abrahams asks for Nick's expert help.
37. The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)
Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Nick and Nora Charles visit Nicks parents in Nick's hometown of Sycamore Springs. The town is a very peaceful and law-abiding one but Nick soon has a murder case on his hands.
38. Song of the Thin Man (1947)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Nick and Nora Charles are on a gambling boat when someone is murdered. The two main suspects are at large and come to Nick for help. Nick turns them into the police but then sets out to figure out the mystery.
40. The Maltese Falcon (1931)
Passed | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon.
41. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Passed | 100 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
San Francisco private detective Sam Spade takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette, with the stakes rising after his partner is murdered.
Votes: 153,770 | Gross: $2.11M
42. Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.
43. The Big Sleep (1946)
Passed | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a wealthy family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
Votes: 82,898 | Gross: $6.54M
44. Lady in the Lake (1946)
Passed | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
The lady editor of a crime magazine hires Phillip Marlowe to find the wife of her boss. The private detective soon finds himself involved in murder.
45. The Brasher Doubloon (1947)
Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir