Robin Bishop

Created by Geoffrey Homes (pseud. of Daniel Mainwaring; 1902-1977)

ROBIN BISHOP is a Los Angeles newspaper reporter who acts like a private eye, even if he isn't particularly tough or wise-cracking. Still, he manages to get himself into enough jams to qualify.

Eventually, he marries one Miss Mary Huston, whom he met while doing a story. She's a secretary at the Morgan Missing Persons Bureau detective agency ("Missing Persons Located, Heirs Found"), which certainly comes in handy. Robin teams up with Homes' milk-drinking P.I., Humphrey Campbell, who also works for Morgan, in Then There Were Three (1938).

Homes was actually Daniel Mainwaring. He was born in California, and attended Fresno University. He held various jobs, including migrant fruit picker, private investigator and reporter, before turning to writing under the Homes pen name in the thirties. Sometimes using his real name, he worked as a screenwriter, first for Warner Bros. and later for Paramount, including such classic crime and film noirs as Out of the Past (1946) (based on a novel of his, and later remade as 1984's wretched Against All Odds), They Made Me a Killer (1946), The Big Steal (1949) and Roadblock (1951). He wrote the screenplays for over forty films, including a ton of gangster flicks and westerns. But after a long career of crime and detective flicks, perhaps his biggest success was the screenplay for the sci-fi film Invasion of the Body-Snatchers (1956).

Go figure.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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