Created by Raymond Chandler
As far as I know, TONY RESICK only appeared in one story, Raymond Chandler's classic, "I'll Be Waiting", but it was a memorable appearance.
Tony is markedly different from Chandler's other detectives, who are either Philip Marlowe or Philip Marlowe-clones (Mallory, Carmady, John Dalmas, etc.).
Tony is "a short, pale, paunchy, middle-aged man with long delicate fingers" who wears an elk's tooth on his watch chain, and works as a hotel dick at the Windermere Hotel. He has an ear for classical music, believing, "Mozart was the greatest man that ever lived--and Toscanini is his prophet."
Although mild-mannered, Tony is a brave little guy, putting it on the line for an ex-con who's staying at the Windermere, while "the trouble boys" are waiting outside to finish him off.
"I'll Be Waiting" has been included in a few recent anthologies, and Tom Hanks directed and appeared in an excellent adaptation of the story for the TV series, Fallen Angels, which starred Bruno Kirby, Dan Hedaya, and Marg Helgenberger.
Both the story, and the adaptation are well worth checking out.
- "I'll Be Waiting" (1993)
Based on the short story by Raymond Chandler
Teleplay by C. Gaby Mitchell
Directed by Tom Hanks
Starring Bruno Kirby as TONY RESICK
Also starring Dan Hedaya, Marg Helgenberger, Jon Polito, Dick Miller, Peter Scolari, Tom Hanks, Manny Perry
Respectfully submitted by Frank Patterson.