Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
Detectives have been perennial favorites among moviegoers through the years. This hour-long program from Rhino Home Video presents sequences excerpted from various movies featuring investigative characters -- many based on novels. A few of the sleuths chronicled here have always been popular, such as Sherlock Holmes, Dick Tracy, and Charlie Chan. Others, such as Mr. Moto and Mr. Wong are virtually unknown to modern audiences. Bulldog Drummond, another hero of yesteryear, solved crimes in more than a dozen films and was played by several actors. The longest run was in the 1930s, with Paramount's series of movies starring John Howard as the British adventurer, with John Barrymore as Scotland Yard's Inspector Neilson. Philo Vance, also seen here, is based on the smooth, cultured character created by writer S.S. Van Dine and was the hero of 14 films. William Powell played him in the initial incarnations.