Over at Ed Gorman’s blog, there’s a fantastic set of detective-related lists. Dick Lochte, the President of the Private Eye Writers of America, has compiled three lists of “Essentials”: Top 20 Private Eye Novels, Top 20 Private Eye Movies and Top 20 Tv Private Eyes! Naturally, my eyes immediately went to the list of movies. Here are Dick’s choices (and I’ve linked each title to its imdb page so you can follow up on those that intrigue you!):
1. The Maltese Falcon (Huston/Bogart version)
5. The Big Sleep (the original, not the Mitchum-Winner remake)
6. Twilight (Lochte notes “with Paul Newman, not the vampire crap”!)
10. Zero Effect
11. Kiss Me Deadly
15. The Thin Man
18. Night Moves
19. Tony Rome
I’m especially pleased to see the underrated Twilight, Gumshoe and Night Moves get mentions. Personally, I’d put The Thin Man a bit higher, but then I’m biased! And does anyone know where I can get a copy of Hickey and Boggs?
I can’t see any serious omissions, though I am fond of It’s a Wonderful World (1939, W.S. Van Dyke), which has James Stewart as a PI taking Claudette Colbert on a Capra-like adventure…
How about you, dear reader? Is your favourite Private Eye movie on the list?