The Big Screen: Celluoid Eyes

A Timeline, Plotting the History and Development of the Private Eye Film


"Remember all the movies, Terry, we'd go see,
Tryin' to walk like the heroes we thought we had to be?"

-- Bruce Springsteen, "Hiding in the Backstreets"

"The camera lies all the time. It lies 24 times a second."

-- Brian De Palma

Movies missing from this list might be found at
TV Eyes: The Made for the Tube Movies and Pilots.





1914

1915

1916

1918

1926

1927

1930

1931

1933

1934

1935

1936

    1937

    1938

    1939

    1940

    1941

    1942

    1943

    1944

    1945

    1946

    1947

    1948

    1949

    1950

    1951

    1952

    1953

    1954

    1955

    1956

    1957

    1958

    1959

    1960

    1961

    • Three Blondes in His Life (1961)
    • Twenty Plus Two (1961)

    1962

    • Secret File: Hollywood (1962, Crown International)

    1963

    1964

    1966

    • Harper (1966, Warner Brothers)

    1967

    1968

    1969

    • Kiss Kiss Kill Kill (1969)
    • Marlowe (1969, MGM)
    • P.J. (1968, Universal)

    1970

    1971

    1972

    1973

    1974

    1975

    1976

    1977

    1978

    1979

    1980

    1981

    1982

    1983

    1984

    1985

    1986

    1987

    • Adventures of a Private Eye (1987)
    • Angel Heart (1987, TriStar)
    • Deadly Illusion (1987, Pound Ridge Films; aka "Love You to Death")
    • The Squeeze (1987, TriStar)

    1988

    1989

    1990

    1991

    1992

    1993

    1994

    1995

    1996

    1997

    1998

    1999

    2000

    2001

    2002

    2003

    2004

    2005

    2006

    2007

    2008

    2009

    2010

    2011

    2012

    2013

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017


    EDITOR'S NOTE

    Yes, I'm sure there are numerous omissions, particularly in the early, silent years. This is an on-going project, and any help would be greatly appreciated. If you can help fill in the blanks, don't be shy. We need all the help we can get.



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