Besides Philo Gubb, the article also discusses mystery films, plays, and fiction as they impinge on the subject. Included:
~ SHERLOCK, JR. (1924), with Buster Keaton as a kind of Philo Gubb character.
~ THE MONSTER (1925), with Lon Chaney.
~ THE GHOST TALKS (1929), an early talkie.
~ HEARTS OF THE WEST (1975), with Jeff Bridges taking his revenge in the early days of film making.
~ Raymond Chandler's contempt for correspondence schools in several of his books and films.
~ THE MOUSETRAP (1952) has Agatha Christie using correspondence schools as an ominous plot point.
~ John Mortimer's Horace Rumpole using them to comic effect.
~ Ross Thomas.
~ Loren Estleman.
~ . . . and, of course, Donald Westlake.
Category: Detective fiction
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