Peter Falk in one of his earliest film roles Falk plays Nico, the leader of a beatnik gang. Lots of bongos bongoing and beatniks reciting poetry while dealing drugs and feeding people ground glass for kicks. Can you dig it baby? We’re all doomed anyway man! Their gonna drop the bomb baby! Better get with it man!
Perry Mason is a defense attorney played by Raymond Burr, and derivative of the works of detective fiction authored by Erle Stanley Gardner. Perry Mason was featured in more than 80 novels and short stories, most of which had a plot involving his client’s murder trial. Typically, Mason was able to establish his client’s innocence by implicating another character, who then confessed.
Non-Stop New York is a 1937 crime film based on the novel Sky Steward by Ken Attiwill. A woman who can clear an innocent man of the charge of murder is pursued by gangsters onto a luxurious transatlantic flying boat.
A couple on a transatlantic flight find themselves embroiled in a plot by spies to steal atomic bomb secrets.
Here’s a pretty good little film noir presentation from the 1940′s. It stars Edward G. Robinson and Lon McCallister. You’ll notice the bad girl that is a very young Julie London of later singing fame.
Kansas City Confidential is a 1952 black-and-white crime film directed by Phil Karlson and starring John Payne. Karlson and Payne teamed up a year later for another black-and-white film, this time a noir, titled 99 River Street, followed by a 1955 color film, Hell’s Island.
The Falcon was a detective in 1940′s radio, television and film. The series of Falcon movies is about ” freelance adventurer and troubleshooter, definitely on the hardboiled side, a man who makes his living “keeping his mouth shut and engaging in dangerous enterprises.”