October 18, 2012 9:37 AM | By Norman Wilner
The Great Detectives

Click on to see which one we’d most want on our side should we ever find ourselves in a tight spot



Alex Cross (© Summit Entertainment / Everett Collection)
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  • Alex Cross (© Summit Entertainment / Everett Collection)
  • Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep (1946) (© Warner Bros. / Ronald Grant Archives)
  • James Stewart as L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries in Rear Window (1954) (© Mary Evans Picture Library)
  • David Hemmings as Thomas in Blow-Up (1966) (© Everett Collection)
  • Jack Nicholson as J.J. Gittes in Chinatown (1974) (© Everett Collection)
  • Fred Ward as Hoke Moseley in Miami Blues (1990) (© MGM)
  • Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins in Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) (© Everett Collection)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Brendan in Brick (2005) (© Focus Features / Everett Collection)
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As James Patterson’s Alex Cross returns to the big screen – in a movie titled, appropriately enough, Alex Cross – we thought we’d take a look at some other memorable screen sleuths. Some of them are taken from the printed page; others were created specifically for the movies. Click on to see which one we’d most want on our side should we ever find ourselves in a tight spot …

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