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The History of Mystery and Suspense in Film?

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        Not a bad idea. Other variations on the theme (since you brought up Sherlock Holmes) would be a history of detective movies. Think of all the movie series detectives that could be discussed: Sherlock Holmes, Charlie Chan, Philo Vance, Hildegarde Withers, Bulldog Drummond, Nick Charles (The Thin Man), and Mr. Moto, just to name a few. Then there could be the single entry detectives in movies such as, "The Mad Miss Manton," "The Maltese Falcon," "Footsteps in the Dark," and "The Big Sleep." Later efforts could include the "Miss Marple" series with Margaret Rutherford. And parodies abound: Red Skelton's "Whistling" trilogy, Abbott &  Costello in "Who Done It?," and Bob Hope's "My Favorite _____" trilogy. It could even come forward enough to include "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," with Steve Martin. 

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