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Not to be confused with the made-for-TV standalone flick The Hollywood Detective, starring Telly Savalas, this one's called just Hollywood Detective (no "the"). It was a limited run series on A&E, and it was a rare attempt to do something a little different, and with a bit of intelligence in the P.I. genre. It didn't alway succeed, but it gets points for trying.
It's the Depression, and Prohibition is in full swing. Not that it seems to bother happy-go-lucky BARKLEY NUNN, a Tinseltown snooper who specializes in writers. In this six episode run of this series, he manages to work for, or run into Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Willian Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald, among others. Suffice it to say that, despite the law of the land, drinks are drunk, and wisecracks are tossed back and forth with alarming frequency. Tony displays some of his dad's style and stage presence, and his real-life wife at the time, model Cheryl Tiegs, is along for the ride as a raunchy bar maid.
Unfortunately, the convoluted, excessively florid dialogue, dream sequences and all those big name writers dropping by tended to grate after a while, as if the producers didn't know when to pull back, and the result was as off-putting at times as it was fascinating.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.