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Roy Murphy: Private Eye

Roy Murphy, his partner, Mac, and their secretary, Kitten, go after evil industrialist, Oswald Pope in pre-World War II San Francisco.

  • Brian Clarke
  • Brian Clarke
  • Brian Clarke
  • Brian Clarke
    Key Cast
    "Mark McGee"
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Crime, Drama, 1940s Detective, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Mark McGee
Distribution Information
  • Mark McGee
    Country: United States
Director Biography - Brian Clarke

At age seven (1969), Brian Clarke began experimenting with black & white open reel video tape. With a friend, wrote and filmed several fake newscasts and did considerable experimentation with forced perspective shots, lighting and in camera effects. Tried to push the boundaries of what could be done, or implied with nothing.
(1970 to 1979), considerable black & white still photography (35mm & 2-1/4) forced perspective work with miniatures.
(1980), co-wrote and co-starred in super-eight, silent, educational comedy film, “the Adventures of Photoman”. Upon completion, began pre-production work on feature length sci fi thriller “Lunar 7”, as writer, director, producer, actor, production design, miniature and practical effects. Project halted just before going into production for lack of time in school year to complete.
(1982 to 2000) experimented with VHS, simplified editing techniques and sound synching along with in camera effects.
(2001 to 2009) experimented with digital film making, filming miniatures, set building and prop building.
(2009) joined Scary Cow productions and immediately went to work on indie film “Curse of the Black Lotus” as actor, production design, set builder, prop builder and soundtrack composition, arranging and performance. Before production had wrapped, launched production of his first film “Three Moves” as writer, director, producer, actor, property master and soundtrack composition, arranging and performance. As soon as production wrapped, launched sequel, “Three More Moves” wearing all the same hats.
(2010) as soon as production wrapped on “Three More Moves” began pre-production on “Roy Murphy; Private Eye”, his first feature film.
During the lengthy post production process he wrote, directed and produced two shorts, “When the Freeway Came Through”, a Twilight Zone suspense thriller, and “Constance” a documentary on the short comings of senior care. During this time he also worked on a half dozen short films by other film makers as Assistant Director, Associate Producer, Special Effects Supervisor, Soundtrack Composer, Technical Consultant and Actor.

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Director Statement

“Roy Murphy: Private Eye” tells the story former police detective Roy Murphy, his partner Lou MacDonald and their secretary Kitten Samuels as they battle evil, industrial tycoon, Oswald Pope. Set in San Francisco in pre-war 1941, the film is an homage to detective films of the 1940’s, with witty repartee and dramatic confrontations.

Fun fact: in a moment of serendipity, I discovered that mother-in-law Mollie Yaro was San Francisco's first female licensed private eye, written about by Herb Caen. One one article, about her first assignment, Ms. Yaro cracked a case by placing a microphone in an olive in a suspect's Martini! Ms. Yaro followed a similar inspirational path that Kitten Samuels follow in the film.

This film is the story of an everyman going up against overwhelming forces of evil. Written in a very Capra / Sturges style, it is sure to entertain fans of the genre. Drama, comedy, love story? It is all of these and more!

Brian Clarke