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Produced by George Lucas and based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name , Howard the Duck received overwhelmingly negative reviews from film critics. Orange Coast Magazine writer Marc Weinberg and Leonard Maltin criticized the decision to shoot the film in live action. Reviewers also criticized the acting and humor and found the film boring. The site's consensus states: Ishtar was written and directed by Elaine May and starred Academy Award -winning duo Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman as Rogers and Clarke, two untalented lounge singers who travel to Morocco in hopes of finding a gig.

It was also subject to harsh reviews from critics. San Jose Mercury News claimed that "Time has not improved this film's reputation as being one of the worst ever made. The plot concerns an alien, Nukie, who crash lands on earth and seeks help from two children to reunite with his brother, Miko, who has been captured by the U.

The film was heavily inspired by Steven Spielberg 's film E. Simon Abrams of Politico wrote that Nukie was worse than E. While Mac and Me was just rotten and ill-conceived, Nukie is uniquely perplexing". Many critics pointed out the film's poor screenplay, acting, and special effects such as a scene in which Superman repairs the Great Wall of China with his super-vision , while some have criticized it for its lack of attention to the comic book source material.

Such special effects led Rita Kempley of The Washington Post to call it "one of the cheesiest movies ever made". The Garbage Pail Kids Movie is a live-action adaptation of the then-popular trading card series of the same name , itself a gross-out parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls.

The title characters are depicted by dwarf actors in low budget costumes, with poorly functioning mouths and expressionless faces. The film is often criticized for its gross-out humor , nonsensical plot, poor explanations, bad acting, and the creepy appearance of the Garbage Pail Kids.

Throughout the movie, the Garbage Pail Kids steal, get in fights, bite toes off people, fart in people's faces, threaten others with switchblades , urinate upon themselves, and run over cars.

In addition to scatological behavior, the movie has several scenes that feature sexual images, violence, and drinking. Offended parents launched a nationwide protest of the movie that successfully resulted in the movie being withdrawn from circulation. Leonard Part 6 , starring as well as written and produced by Bill Cosby , was intended as a parody of spy movies.

Leonard Parker, a former CIA spy, is brought out of retirement to save the world from an evil vegetarian who brainwashes animals to kill people. Cosby himself disowned the film, and when it was released to theatres he publicly advised people not to see it. Hobgoblins , by Rick Sloane , is widely considered a blatant rip-off that capitalizes on the popularity of the film Gremlins.

It gained popularity in after being featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theater You have no idea the torture it was to watch this movie several times in the space of a week. It shoots right to the top of the list of the worst movies we've ever done. Mac and Me is about a young boy in a wheelchair who meets and befriends an alien who has crash-landed on Earth.

Leonard Maltin described the film as being "more like a TV commercial than a movie", [3] and Marjorie Baumgarten of the Austin Chronicle called it a "shameless E. Mac and Me has, however, gained a cult following. It was ostensibly made as homage to horror icons and films, such as George A.

Romero and his Night of the Living Dead. I'm talking about bad with the best of intentions, like all of the best "bad" movies. You like tormenting yourself with hilariously trashy, moronic, gory, idiotic bad films?

Things is the fucking king of bad movies. This is the movie you put on when you have a get together of pals — and just blow them away.

Trust me, you have never seen anything like this in your life. It's absolutely astonishing in how it is able to mentally wreck anyone who watches it. Despite its title, Troll 2 is notable in part for not featuring any trolls the antagonists are actually goblins and having no relation to the original film , which was also poorly reviewed.

Club calls it "a popular candidate for the worst film ever made". There are movies that are so-bad-they're-good. And then there's Troll 2 —a movie that's so bad that it defies comprehension. The French-British film Highlander 2: The Quickening is a sequel to the cult film Highlander , which transitions the fantasy of the original film into science fiction , and retcons the mystical warriors of the first film into aliens.

It was met with harsh criticism by both critics and audiences. Common criticisms included the lack of motivation for the characters, the blatant disregard for established characters and background set in the first film such as the new and seemingly incongruent origin for the Immortals , the massive number of gigantic plot holes, the film's messy, nonsensical story structure, the filmmaker's inability to balance out the rather unrelated plots and subplots involved, the unexplained resurrection of Ramirez, and rampantly apparent contradictions in the film's internal logic.

The Quickening is the most hilariously incomprehensible movie I've seen in many a long day—a movie almost awesome in its badness. Wherever science fiction fans gather, in decades and generations to come, this film will be remembered in hushed tones as one of the immortal low points of the genre. The Quickening deserves a sacred place among their most treasured artifacts", naming it the worst film of Well, imagine if Ed Wood were alive today, and someone gave him a multi-million dollar budget.

See his imagination running rampant, bringing in aliens from outer space with immensely powerful firearms, immortals who bring each other back to life by calling out their names, epic duels on flying skateboards, and a blatant disregard for anything logical or previously established—now you are starting to get closer to the vision of Highlander II.

Incomprehensible doesn't even begin to explain it. This movie is the equivalent of the 'Hey, look over there! You look, and the guy you wanted to beat up has run away and hid. In , the film's director Russell Mulcahy made a director's cut version known as Highlander 2: Renegade Version and then later released another version simply known as Highlander 2: The film was reconstructed on both occasions largely from existing material, with certain scenes removed and others added back in, and the entire sequence of events changed.

The reconstructed film's reception was far better than the original's; it was elevated to a mixed reception. The Italian erotic thriller Cattive ragazze Bad Girls was directed by gossip columnist Marina Ripa di Meana , and stars Eva Grimaldi as a recently divorced woman falling in love with a male stripper, alongside a cast of big names such as Anita Ekberg and Burt Young.

The production received bad publicity, as it was made using money from the country's Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. Paolo Mereghetti in his film encyclopaedia Dizionario dei Film described the film as a "vapid mess that can only serve those incapable of understanding what cinema is", and considered it able to "compete for the title of worst film in cinema history and win!

Giraud wrote in Il Lavoro that Cattive ragazze "does not resemble anything in a real movie, or even recall anything previously seen at the cinema, even in its worst". Film critic Marco Giusti refers to it as "one of the pillars of Italian trash cinema". The Rob Reiner film North is an adaptation of the novel North: It was widely criticized for its plot, its all-star cast of insensitive characters, lack of humor, references to pedophilia, and portrayal of numerous ethnic stereotypes.

Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this movie. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it. It's strange and oddly distasteful, at its best managing to be bad in some original and unexpected ways. The film follows different couples and their love stories around the world, in Cairo , Normandy , Oslo and New York City.

Dis received universally poor reviews by critics, and has been called the most poorly reviewed Norwegian film in history. Most of the hype revolved around the film's star, Elizabeth Berkley , who only two years before had been one of the stars of the Saturday morning teen sitcom Saved by the Bell.

The film won seven Razzie Awards , a record at that time, and received 13 nominations, a record that still stands. It received an additional award at the 20th Golden Raspberry Awards , where it was awarded Worst Picture of the Decade.

Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times called it, "a film of thunderous oafishness that gives adult subject matter the kind of bad name it does not need or deserve", [] while Rob Gonsalves of eFilmCritic. The edited R-rated version, which director Paul Verhoeven developed for video outlets that would not carry NC films, deletes about three minutes of the more graphic sex scenes.

TBS has broadcast the film on television in its prime time schedule, but this version adds digitally animated solid black underwear to hide breasts and genitalia. A comedy-drama directed by Andrew Bergman , based on a novel by Carl Hiaasen , Striptease centers on a woman Demi Moore who becomes a stripper in order to fund an appeal for custody of her daughter.

The film was criticised as boring and humourless, and was also accused of being a vanity project for Moore. Franklin, discussing Striptease in his book Politics and Film: Johnson of Maclean's stated "While Showgirls was honestly sleazy, Striptease is tacky, pretentious — and boring.

Trying to be a comedy, a morality tale and a titillating sideshow, Striptease fails on all counts. It follows a French author who fled to Mexico for a quiet life and an actress who is willing to seduce him to get a part in a film adapted from one of his books.

Before its release, Le Jour et la Nuit was heavily promoted in many French newspapers and magazines. This film was largely criticized for its toyetic and camp approach, Mr. Freeze's approach and one-line jokes , as well as its possible homosexual innuendo. It's the worst thing ever. Yes, it's the single worst thing that we as human beings have ever produced in recorded history.

It was directed by Jeremiah S. The Avengers began to receive negative publicity after Warner Bros. I can't remember another Friday morning show where I heard actual cries of "Ugh! Terrible special effects and zero chemistry between Fiennes and Thurman make this notorious disaster a total waste of everyone's time and energy.

It is a heavily fictionalized biographical account of Perez's early life and how she came into fame. Despite an all-star cast, including Alexandre Pires , Perez's then-boyfriend and a very popular singer in Brazil at the time, the movie was criticized for its campy dialogue, badly written script, numerous plot holes and ludicrous acting, to the point of Perez herself disowning the film years later.

On March 15, , Brazilian magazine Veja made a Top 10 list of the worst Brazilian movies of all time, and Cinderela Baiana was featured in first place. The reviewer, Pollyane Lima e Silva, called the film "a shame". It starred rock musician Chris Rea as a man who, told he has only six months to live, begins murdering people who have wronged him. Parting Shots was accused of being poorly acted, filmed and scripted, as well as treating murder flippantly.

It is not only the worst British film produced in this country since Carry On Emmannuelle quite a feat in itself , it is a thoroughbred contender for the crown of Worst Film Ever Made. It is also profoundly offensive, even by Winner standards" and later called Parting Shots "the most tasteless, abysmal comedy of all time".

O'Sullivan also criticised it for glorifying vigilantism: He seems to be saying it is okay to go and kill people. Hunter listed Parting Shots as one of the candidates for "the Worst British film ever made". The comedy The Underground Comedy Movie is based on a cable access show from Director and lead actor Vince Offer constructed the film out of a series of tasteless, lowbrow skits including Gena Lee Nolin loudly using the restroom and a superhero named Dickman who dresses in a giant penis costume and defeats his enemies by squirting them with semen.

In fact, to even call this mess a comedy is giving it far too much credit", and " The Underground Comedy Movie may well be the worst film I have ever seen. Battlefield Earth is based on the first half of L. Although a sequel covering the second half of the book was planned, the panning from critics, poor box office performance, and financial ruin of Franchise Pictures killed off such plans.

It was criticized for a poor script, hammy acting, overuse of Dutch angles , repetitive dialogue, and several inconsistencies and plot holes. David Shapiro later apologized for making "the suckiest movie ever". Honest is the directorial debut of Eurythmics member David A. It received a large amount of media criticism following its release.

Hunter later listed Honest as one of the candidates for the title of "Worst British film ever made". The American version of Titanic: In , Total Film named it the 40th worst children's movie ever made, describing the film as being "widely considered one of the worst animated films ever made". The Legend Goes On as the worst film ever made, after it topped a list of the 66 worst films ever in The comedy film Freddy Got Fingered stars Tom Green , who also wrote and directed it, featuring largely gross-out and shock humor similar to that featured in The Tom Green Show.

In the film, Green stars as a year-old slacker and cartoonist who falsely accuses his father of child molestation when he questions his son's life goals.

Freddy Got Fingered received overwhelmingly negative reviews, with CNN critic Paul Clinton declaring it "quite simply the worst movie ever released by a major studio in Hollywood history". This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels.

Wilson called it "offensive, stupid and obnoxious" and said it had "no redeeming value". Mariah Carey starred in the lead role as an aspiring singer; Glitter was intended to be her breakthrough role but was a critical failure and a box office bomb. Hindustan Times claimed that Glitter "was slammed by almost all critics for being the worst film ever".

In an interview in , Carey stated that she believed that the film's failure at the box office was largely due to the soundtrack's release date being September 11, , the same day as the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon.

Although the film was a box office success, it received scathing reviews from critics upon its release, many of which pointed out its sophomoric plot, unfunny humor in particular, its flatulence gags and disguises that would clearly not be recognized by children such as Tony Montana from Scarface.

Many critics also pointed out the short running time, consisting of 72 minutes of the film itself and over ten minutes of end credits juxtaposed with outtakes. Roger Ebert gave it one star out of four, claiming, "The movie is a desperate miscalculation. It gives poor Dana Carvey nothing to do that is really funny, and then expects us to laugh because he acts so goofy all the time. And I mean that. The action film Ballistic: Sever stars Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu as opposing secret agents.

Critics panned it, generally regarding it as having no redeeming features, not even the unintentional comedic value normally associated with bad films. They variously described the film as "A picture for idiots", "Boring to an amazing degree", "A fine achievement in stupidity and dullness", "Dreadful", "[Giving] new meaning to the word incoherent", and "bad on just about every level".

One critic suggested an alternative title as " Simplistic: International Business Times included it on its list of Hollywood's top 5 worst movies ever made. Mental Floss also listed it as the worst movie ever made. A low-budget American romantic drama film about the titular gay couple who come into conflict with Arthur's religious brother, Ben and Arthur was written, directed, produced, edited, and scored by Sam Mraovich, who also played the character Arthur.

Ben and Arthur received strong criticism especially from the LGBT community for its low budget and poor plotting. BuzzFeed described it as the "worst gay movie of all time". It is so painfully bad that it wouldn't even make good fodder on Mystery Science Theater This just might possibly be the worst movie I have ever seen Unless you get a kick out of mocking bad films, avoid this one at all costs.

The romantic-comedy musical From Justin to Kelly stars Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini , the winner and runner-up, respectively, of the first season of American Idol. Club , reviewing the film for his "My Year of Flops" series, stated, "All films require suspension of disbelief.

From Justin To Kelly requires something more like a temporary lobotomy. Nothing about the main characters or their relationships makes sense. The independently produced The Room , about an amiable banker whose friends betray him one by one, has been called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" by some critics.

The day after its appearance, its DVD became the top-selling independent film on Amazon. Nelson , Kevin Murphy , and Bill Corbett produced an audio commentary track to accompany the movie through their site RiffTrax. In , the book The Disaster Artist , written by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell , was published; the book is Sestero's memoir of his involvement in the production of the movie. The book was adapted into a film of the same name , directed by and starring James Franco as Wiseau and his brother Dave Franco as Sestero.

Gigli was originally a black comedy with no romantic subplot. The producers demanded script rewrites throughout filming, hoping to cash in on the Lopez-Affleck romance that was big news in celebrity-watching publications of the time, such as Us and People. The Times gave the film a zero, making Gigli the lowest scored film review in the publication's history at that time.

The film received strongly hostile reviews from the British media. Reviews claimed Sex Lives of the Potato Men was unfunny, disgusting, and depressing. Sex Lives of the Potato Men should never have been made". It bears little resemblance to the Batman antagonist: The character's signature lycra catsuit was replaced with slashed leather trousers and matching bra , and a mask that also acts as a hat.

As the movie character differs so widely from her comic book source, the character, as portrayed in this film, has been cited as "Catwoman in Name Only".

Jean Lowerison of the San Diego Metropolitan said in her review that Catwoman "goes on my 'worst' list for the year, and quite possibly for all time". Thank you for putting me in a piece of shit, god-awful movie It was just what my career needed. The Daily Dot wrote that it's considered to be the worst German film, [] while n-tv said it was "possibly the worst movie ever made".

Baby Geniuses 2 and Titanic: In a talkshow, he said that it was voted the worst film of all time and ironically said "Not everyone achieves that. The family-oriented comedy Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 was the last film directed by Bob Clark before his death. The "baby geniuses" become involved in a scheme by media mogul Bill Biscane Jon Voight , a notorious kidnapper of children, who intends to use a satellite system to brainwash the world's population and force them to watch television for the rest of their lives.

David Cornelius at efilmcritic wondered "Why would anyone want to make a follow-up to what is universally viewed as one of the very worst movies ever produced is a mystery for the ages. The Legend Goes On in its list of the worst films ever made, [76] and Mental Floss selected it as the second worst movie ever made after Ballistic: Loosely based on a series of video games by Infogrames and directed by Uwe Boll , the German-Canadian-American film Alone in the Dark was panned by critics for a multitude of reasons, including poor script and production values, quick cuts to optimize the gory content, almost no connection to the game, and bad acting.

This film was widely panned, with critics such as Rajeev Masand giving it a zero out of five. Disaster Movie is a parody film written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer , spoofing films in the disaster film genre.

Now try to think of something worse. That something is this movie — wretched, embarrassing and a waste of the time and energy of everyone involved.

An independently produced film that is an apparent homage to Alfred Hitchcock 's The Birds , Birdemic: Shock and Terror tells the story of a romance between the two leading characters, played by Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore, as their small town is attacked by birds which do not appear until 47 minutes into the film. Written, directed, and produced by James Nguyen, it was intended as a "romantic thriller" [] but is notable due to its poor quality, with reviewers calling out its wooden acting, bad dialogue, amateurish sound and editing, nonsensical plot and, in particular, its special effects, consisting primarily of poorly rendered CGI eagles and vultures that perform physically awkward aerial maneuvers and explode upon impact with the ground.

Nelson , Kevin Murphy , and Bill Corbett of Mystery Science Theater fame produced an audio commentary track to accompany the movie through Rifftrax.

They later riffed upon the film again theatrically. The Resurrection —was released in , and included many returning members of the cast and crew. Night Shyamalan and is based on the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: It was also ridiculed for the poor quality of its post-converted 3-D , which was described as barely noticeable.

Further criticism came from fans of the original cartoon series, who said the film differed tremendously from its critically acclaimed source material.

It garnered nine nominations at the 31st Golden Raspberry Awards , [] and won five: The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. It puts a nail in the coffin of low-rent 3D, but it will need a lot more coffins than that.

The movie was universally panned by critics and failed to make back its production budget domestically. Night Shyamalan reportedly wrote a rough draft for the second film it is highly unlikely it will ever get made. The film also appeared in the top ten of a poll of the worst movies of all time conducted by RiffTrax. The casting of white and Indian actors to portray characters who were East Asian or Inuit in the source material triggered negative reactions from some fans marked by accusations of racism and whitewashing , a letter-writing campaign, and various protests.

It's meant to be interpretive. It's meant to be inclusive of all races, and you can see yourself in all these characters This is a multicultural movie and I'm going to make it even more multicultural in my approach to its casting The irony that [protesters] would label this with anything but the greatest pride, that the movie poster has Noah and Dev on it and my name on it.

I don't know what else to do. Born to Be a Star was produced by Happy Madison Productions and featured Nick Swardson in the titular role as a small-town manchild who pursues a career in the pornographic film industry after learning that his parents were porn stars in the s.

Jack and Jill is a comedy film starring Adam Sandler as Jack, a commercial director, who is visited by his "identical" twin sister, Jill played by Sandler, in drag , during the holidays. Salon stated that Jack and Jill "received some of the worst reviews of any movie ever" upon its release.

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times noted the irony of Pacino's presence, as the actor is best known for playing Michael Corleone in The Godfather , which is widely considered one of the best films ever made , in this film, which he called "one of the worst movies in the history of cinema! What do they all have in common?

They're all widely considered among the worst big studio movies ever made. You know what else they have in common? They're all better than Jack and Jill. It broke the record previously held by Battlefield Earth for having the most Razzies earned by a single film and is the only film to win every possible award. Another comedy film starring Adam Sandler, That's My Boy concerns a middle school student named Donny Berger who has sex with his teacher, gets her pregnant, and in turn, earns a lifestyle of a minor celebrity, something he never intended to happen.

Years later, Donny played by Sandler crashes his now-adult son's Andy Samberg wedding and bachelor party to get his money so he can pay his taxes, therefore avoiding prison.

The film has been widely panned due to its comedic portrayal of incest , ephebophilia , statutory rape , and gerontophilia , [] [] [] with film critic Andrew O'Hehir of Salon stating, "[Sandler's] new movie about a rape survivor and his estranged son is supposed to be funny, but radiates pain and rage.

This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen", [] while Richard Haridly of Quickflix called it "one of the saddest and most exhausting" films he has ever seen.

Run for Your Wife was directed by the author of the play, Ray Cooney who also makes an uncredited cameo appearance. Upon release, Run for Your Wife was savaged by film critics, with the South African newspaper Daily News saying " Run for Your Wife could be the worst film in history", [] the Studio Briefing website reporting that "Some writers are making the case that the British comedy may be 'the worst film ever ' ", [] and The Daily Mirror claiming Run For Your Wife "was branded the worst British film ever".

Perhaps never in the field of light entertainment have so many actors sacrificed so much dignity in the cause of so few jokes From the look of it, Cooney hasn't been in a cinema for about 30 years". The Metro commented that "no one emerges unscathed among the cameo-packed cast that reads largely like a roll-call for Brit TV legends you'd previously suspected deceased".

Comprised of people losing their trousers and falling over, the film looks like a pilot for a mercifully never-commissioned 70s sitcom". Several critics have called it one of the worst films ever made, including Peter Howell of the Toronto Star , who said "There's just one use for Movie 43 , apart from it being ground into the landfill that it deserves to become sooner rather than later. It provides me with a handy new answer to a question I'm often asked: That probably wasn't intentional, though"; he went on to say that "The idea that anyone could think that this would be in any way humorous is simply unbelievable.

In the worst director category all 13 directors won the award. Fateful Findings is a independent techno-thriller written, directed and produced by Neil Breen. Breen also starred in the film and took on most of the crew roles, including film editor, sound editor, accountant, caterer, set designer, wardrobe, makeup and casting. Writing for Film Threat , reviewer Mike Hodges described it as "the worst movie ever made", comparing it unfavorably to Troll 2 and The Room.

It's disturbing to see such an atrocious, regressive, misogynistic, sexist, homophobic cinematic product force-fed to paying audiences. I can understand that a comedy need not be 'safe', but what goes on in Humshakals is simply too horrifying to bear. The worst film of so far, in my book".

Several of the cast members also lamented their involvement in the film. Despite being the film's leading actress, Bipasha Basu did not participate in the film's promotions because she was "extremely disturbed by the end result" and stated that " Humshakals was the worst experience of my life".

Saving Christmas is a faith-based Christmas comedy film starring Kirk Cameron , who plays a fictionalized version of himself attempting to convince his brother-in-law played by the film's director, Darren Doane that Christmas is still a Christian holiday. Cameron blamed the low rating on a Reddit campaign by "haters and atheists " to purposely lower the film's ratings. United Passions ' release in the U.

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Retrieved 7 January Archived from the original on 18 October Retrieved 9 June The Hamilton Spectator , July 24, p. Louis Post-Dispatch May 5th, p. It was the first recorded detective film on record, made specifically for one-person mutoscope viewing machines in amusement arcades. He was the most prolific actor ever to portray Sherlock Holmes. The character was also popularly portrayed by many actors in the s, including: Basil Rathbone's 14 Sherlock Holmes Films Its most familiar, popular figure was the British actor Basil Rathbone with an Inverness cape, deerslayer hat and curved-stem calabash pipe accompanied by dull-witted, pipe-smoking Nigel Bruce as Watson - who wasn't so clumsy and buffoonish in the original writings , who appeared during the war years in 14 pictures from to Short who-dun-its in the s and 40s featured the B-movie, Canton-born, Honolulu-based Oriental sleuth Charlie Chan, derived from Earl Derr Biggers' works, and based on real-life Hawaiian cop Chang Apana very unlike the movie version.

The round-faced, meticulous sleuth was one of the screen's most prolific detectives, with 46 Chan films and one serial from to Park as the sleuth. The character was best played by Swedish actor Warner Oland from in 16 films , who portrayed Chan as a dapper fellow who was always polite and unassertive but nevertheless was solving the crime using physical evidence and logical deduction. The sly, composed Charlie Chan would eloquently spout Confucius-type proverbs, aphorisms, and wisdom in pidgin English, achieved by dropping definite articles and verbs: The series continued, with less noteworthy quality, with American actor Sidney Toler in 22 appearances , and American film and TV character actor Roland Winters in 6 films as the sixth and last screen Chan.

Fox was responsible for the Chan films from , followed by Monogram from Moto character in Pulitzer Prize-winning John P. Marquand's novels which first appeared as Saturday Evening Post serials , was developed by 20th Century Fox, and named Mr.

Hungarian-born German actor Peter Lorre in his 7th American film role starred in the title role as the enigmatic, quiet, self-effacing, unobtrusive, spectacle-wearing and brilliant detective in the eight-film series produced in less than three years from Wong created by Hugh Wiley for a series of stories in Colliers Magazine in the mids was the lead character in a series of six films from Monogram Pictures.

In the first five films, Boris Karloff took the lead role. In the sixth and final film in the Mr. This marked the first time an American film featured an Asian character as a lead Asian detective. The most popular film detectives of the s were a delightful, high-society sleuthing couple: The sophisticated, wise-cracking, boozing couple magnificently portrayed by William Powell and Myrna Loy managed to solve crimes and crack jokes in a long series of screwball-mystery gems. After their first film in , there were five more grade-A sequels from from MGM, although none were as good as their first effort.

The first four films were directed by W. Another literary figure from "Sapper's" Herman Cyril McNeile famed detective novels - Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond - became the featured suave, gentleman-spy hero in many films mostly made between the silents through to the late 40s.

Drummond battled foreign agents, kidnappers, spies, and other villains during his adventurous exploits. The detective was portrayed by, among others: Bulldog Drummond was resurrected for a short period of time in the mid-to-late s as a resourceful British agent, during the flurry of James Bond imitators: The series was based on the book by Jack Boyle, and the wise-cracking character first appeared in various silent era versions: The 14 mass-produced Columbia Pictures films in the s, often training grounds for a number of future prominent directors, were: On television, there were 58 half-hour episodes in a Boston Blackie series, with Kent Taylor as the sleuth.

A crime-fighting vigilante, The Shadow was based upon the Walter B. Gibson character created in the early s. He made his first appearance on July 31, , as the mysterious narrator of a radio program titled The Detective Story Hour.

In and , Universal Pictures created a series of six film shorts based on the popular Detective Story Hour radio program, narrated by The Shadow.

Gibson, who had been hired by the publisher to create a backstory. Author Gibson refashioned the sinister narrator of CBS Radio's The Detective Story Hour into a dark super-hero - a super-sleuth who often battled against super-criminals. Then, in September of , The Shadow radio drama premiered, and the first full-length feature film about The Shadow was released by Grand National Pictures.

His alter-ego was Lamont Cranston, an amateur criminologist and detective, a wealthy crime-fighter who often wore black, a trench coat, and a face-concealing mask. The words that introduced The Shadow in the radio program and the films have become immortalized: Only the Shadow knows!

One of the most popular, long-running mystery film series of the late s through the early 40s featured the Saint , a mysterious, sophisticated, and debonair British detective named Simon Templar. The half-crooked sleuth, a rogue-turned crusader for Scotland Yard, was derived from Leslie Charteris' popular crime novels of the late 20s. Eight films of the nine films in the year long series were from RKO, with one entry from Republic in The other two actors were George Sanders and Hugh Sinclair: On television in the British-made series of hour-long shows in the mids, Roger Moore portrayed the worldly traveler.

Another hardboiled detective, a suave and sophisticated sleuth named the Falcon , was featured in another RKO series during the s - almost a carbon-copy of RKO's former Saint. The debonair and aristocratic Falcon character was taken from Michael Arlen's detective stories. In six years, there were 13 black and white films in the RKO series.

Various actors portrayed the Britisher named Gay Falcon, Tom Falcon, and Mike Waring in the 16 Falcon pictures, including the former Saint George Sanders in the first four, and then Tom Conway Sander's real-life brother in the next nine from After a two-year break, independent low-budget Film Classics bought the rights to the Falcon , and produced three more entires with John Calvert The prodigious works of British mystery author Agatha Christie a total of 72 novels, short stories, and 15 stage plays provided a great source for a number of classic detective film mysteries.

It was adapted in by the author and titled Ten Little Niggers in the UK for its stage opening in And in the s and 80s and afterwards and even in the s , there were a few screen who-dun-its derived from the works of Agatha Christie with all-star casts, featuring Christie's colorful, insufferable, meticulous and fussy Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot.

The films and stars included: The character of Agatha Christie's Miss Jane Marple, a gray-haired, wily, spinsterish detective, was also portrayed in the movies and on TV over many years, beginning in the s, and prominent in the s with four films starring Margaret Rutherford and afterwards.

The gentlemanly, artistocratic, independently-wealthy New Yorker, amateur detective Philo Vance was introduced in the works of Willard Huntington Wright S.

The Lone Wolf invariably was an international ex-jewel thief who also served on the side of the law after a change of heart. The Columbia series was capped by nine performances from Warren William from as the upper-class retired crook: On television, Louis Hayward portrayed the Lone Wolf in 's part series of half-hour shows entitled Streets of Danger.

His second novel in with the character was titled The Penguin Pool Murder - also the title of the first feature film.

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