Wednesday, August 19, 2015

TV adaptations of pop fiction classics

Some posts from my Cult TV blog dealing with TV adaptations of pop fiction classics.

Honey West (1965-66), based on the Honey West private eye novels of G. G. Fickling such as This Girl For Hire.

Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer (1958-60), a surprisingly gritty series based on Spillane’s classic tough-guy hardboiled crime thrillers like Kiss Me, Deadly.

The Saint (1962-69), based on Leslie Charteris’s wonderful stories although the TV series is closest in feel to the later Saint stories such as those in The Saint on the Spanish Main.

Raffles (1977), based on E. W. Hornung’s tales of the great gentleman-thief.

The Adventures of Dr Fu Manchu (1956), an underrated series inspired by Sax Rohmer’s celebrated thrillers like The Daughter of Fu Manchu.

The Mind of Mr J. G. Reeder (1969-71), superb adaptations of the adventures of Edgar Wallace’s great detective as recounted in the short story collection of the same name.

Sherlock Holmes (1954), a criminally underrated series starring Ronald Howard and the always delightful Howard Marion Crawford.

Perry Mason (1957-66), an entertaining series although just a little bland when compared to the early Perry Mason mysteries such as The Case of the Counterfeit Eye.

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