Many fictional detectives
have been portrayed in motion pictures. Several countries have issued
sets of stamps which identify the actors and directors who were
involved in them.
honored Hans Albers who acted in a Sherlock Holmes movie.
United Kingdom honored Peter Sellers who portrayed "Inspector
Clouseau" in a series of motion pictures from 1963 to 1993: The
Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Return of the
Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, and The Revenge of the Pink
In 1941 Humphrey Bogart
played Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, one of the best private
eye films ever made.
United Kingdom also honored Alfred Hitchcock who directed many mystery
and detective movies, such as Vertigo, Dial "M" for Murder,
The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Rear Window.
Caribbean island nation of Dominica issued two souvenir sheets
honoring the "Legendary Sleuths of the Silver Screen" and the actors
who portrayed them. Sam Spade was portrayed by Humphrey Bogart, James
Bond by Sean Connery, Dick Tracy by Warren Beaty, Sherlock Holmes by
Basil Rathbone, the "Thin Man" by William Powell, Charlie Chan by
Sidney Toler, Inspector Clouseau by Peter Sellers, Philip Marlow by
Robert Mitchum, Inspector Poirot by Peter Ustinov, and Miss Marple by
the Channel Island, Guernsey, issued a Prestige Booklet honoring six
detectives and the actors who portrayed them. In the booklet Humphrey
Bogart portrayed Philip Marlowe, Margaret Rutherford portrayed Miss
Marple, Peter Sellers portrayed Inspector Clouseau, Warner Oland
portrayed Charlie Chan, and Basil Rathbone portrayed Sherlock Holmes.