Craig Kennedy

Professor Craig Kennedy is a character created by Arthur B. Reeve.

DescriptionEdit

Kennedy is a scientist detective at Columbia University similar to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Thorndyke. He uses his knowledge of chemistry and psychoanalysis to solve cases, and uses exotic (at the time) devices in his work such as lie detectors, gyroscopes, and portable seismographs.[1]

He first appeared in the December 1910 issue of Cosmopolitan, in "The Case of Helen Bond." He ultimately made 82 appearances in Cosmopolitan, the last coming in the August 1918 issue. Twelve stories were reprinted in the first collection, and this continued, but soon the stories were fixed up into a novel, and some were adaptations of movie serials.

He returned for many short stories in magazines as various as The Popular Magazine, Detective Story Magazine, Country Gentleman, Everybody's Magazine, and Flynn's, as well as in 26 novels. Through the 1920s, he became more of a typical detective. Craig Kennedy appeared in a number of 1930s pulp magazines, Complete Detective Novel Magazine, Dime Detective, Popular Detective, Weird Tales, and World Man Hunters, but many of these appear to be ghost-written as they lack the style and flavor of the teen-era Craig Kennedy stories. A series of six Craig Kennedy stories in early issues of Popular Detective are known to have been unsold novelettes rewritten by A. T. Locke.[2]

BooksEdit

  1. The Silent Bullet (1910)
  2. The Poisoned Pen (1911)
  3. Constance Dunlap (1913)
  4. The Dream Doctor (1914)
  5. Guy Garrick (1914)
  6. The Death House (1914)
  7. The War Terror (1915)
  8. The Gold of the Gods (1915)
  9. The Exploits of Elaine (1915) adaption of movie serial
  10. The Social Gangster (1916)
  11. The Ear in the Wall (1916)
  12. The Romance of Elaine (1916) adaption of movie serial
  13. The Triumph of Elaine (1916)
  14. The Treasure Train (1917)
  15. The Adventuress (1917)
  16. The Panama Plot (1918)
  17. The Soul Scar (1919)
  18. The Film Mystery (1921) adaption of Houdini movie serial
  19. The Bacteriological Detective (1922)
  20. Craig Kennedy Listens In (1923)
  21. Atavar, the Dream Dancer (1924)
  22. The Fourteen Points (1925)
  23. The Boy Scouts' Craig Kennedy (1925)
  24. Craig Kennedy on the Farm (1925)
  25. The Radio Detective (1926)
  26. Pandora (1926)
  27. The Kidnap Club (1932)
  28. The Clutching Hand (1934)
  29. Enter Craig Kennedy (1935)
  30. The Stars Scream Murder (1936)

StoriesEdit

  1. The Case of Helen Bond (The Silent Cracksman) Dec 1910
  2. The Silent Bullet Jan 1911
  3. The Bacteriological Detective Feb 1911
  4. The Story of) The Deadly Tube Mar 1911
  5. The Seismograph Adventure Apr 1911
  6. The Diamond Maker May 1911
  7. The Azure Ring Jun 1911
  8. A Spontaneous Combustion Jul 1911
  9. The Terror in the Air Aug 1911
  10. The Black Hand Sep 1911
  11. The Artificial Paradise (The Man Who Was Dead) Oct 1911
  12. The Steel Door Nov 1911
  13. The Sand-Hog (The Tunnel Mystery) Dec 1911
  14. The Bacillus of Death Jan 1912
  15. The Master Counterfeiter Feb 1912
  16. The Firebug (The Firefiend) Mar 1912
  17. The Yeggman Apr 1912
  18. The Green-Goods King May 1912
  19. The Poisoned Pen May 1912
  20. The White Slave Jun 1912
  21. The Treasure Vault Jul 1912
  22. The Forger Jul 1912
  23. The Unofficial Spy Aug 1912
  24. The Smuggler Sep 1912
  25. The Invisible Ray Oct 1912
  26. The Campaign Grafter Nov 1912
  27. The Kleptomaniac Dec 1912
  28. The Opium Joint Jan 1913
  29. The Vampire Feb 1913
  30. The Death Thought Apr 1913
  31. The Green Curse Apr 1913
  32. The Sybarite May 1913
  33. The Phantom Circuit Jun 1913
  34. The Elixir of Life Jul 1913
  35. The Dream Doctor Aug 1913
  36. The Death House Sep 1913
  37. The Submarine Mystery Oct 1913
  38. The Bomb-Maker Nov 1913
  39. The Ghouls Dec 1913
  40. The Scientific Gunman Jan 1914
  41. Guy Garrick (revised book edition of The Scientific Gunman) 1914
  42. The Air-Pirate Jan 1914
  43. The Abduction Club Feb 1914
  44. The Billionaire Baby Feb 1914
  45. The Radium Robber Mar 1914
  46. The Eugenic Bride Apr 1914
  47. The Terrorists May 1914
  48. The Dead-Line May 1914
  49. The Curio Shop Jun 1914
  50. The Germ Letter Jul 1914
  51. The Wireless Wire-Tappers Aug 1914
  52. The Family Skeleton Sep 1914
  53. The Devil-Worshipers Oct 1914
  54. Happy Dust Nov 1914
  55. The Murder Syndicate Dec 1914
  56. The Stolen War-Secret Dec 1914
  57. The Diamond-Queen Jan 1915
  58. The X-Ray Detective Feb 1915
  59. The Tango Thief Mar 1915
  60. The Supertoxin Apr 1915
  61. The Sixth Sense May 1915
  62. The Absolute Zero Jun 1915
  63. The Sleep-Maker Jul 1915
  64. The Evil Eye Aug 1915
  65. The House of Death Sep 1915
  66. The Demon Engine Oct 1915
  67. The Social Gangster Nov 1915
  68. The Voodoo Mystery Dec 1915
  69. The Treasure-Train Jan 1916
  70. The Truth-Detector Mar 1916
  71. The Soul-Analysis May 1916
  72. The Mystic Poisoner Jun 1916
  73. The Phantom Destroyer Jul 1916
  74. The Beauty-Mask Aug 1916
  75. The Love-Meter Sep 1916
  76. The Vital Principle Oct 1916
  77. The Submarine Mine Nov 1916
  78. The Rubber Dagger Dec 1916
  79. The Gun-Runner Jan 1917
  80. The Sunken Treasure Feb 1917
  81. The Love-Philter (The Love Potion) Apr 1917
  82. The Panama Plot May 1917
  83. The Black Diamond Jun 1917
  84. The Bitter Water Jul 1917
  85. The Nitrate King Aug 1917
  86. The Coca Gang Oct 1917
  87. The Phantom Parasite Nov 1917
  88. The Door of Dread Jan 1918
  89. The Black Cross Feb 1918
  90. The Psychic Scar Apr 1918
  91. The Star-Shell May 1918
  92. The Film Murder Jun 1918
  93. The Film Tragedy Jul 1918
  94. The Treason Trust Jul 1918
  95. The Sinister Shadow Aug 1918
  96. The Love-Game Aug 1918
  97. The Soul Scar Sep 1918
  98. The Green Death 1918
  99. Thicker Than Water Sep 1923
  100. The Radio Detective Oct 1923
  101. Dead Men Tell Tales Oct 1923
  102. The Radio Wraith Nov 1923
  103. The Hawk Dec 1923
  104. Deep-Sea Treasure Jan 1924
  105. The Jazz Addict Jan 1924
  106. The Counterfeit Beauty Feb 1924
  107. A Son of the North Woods Feb 1924
  108. The Polar Flight of ZR-10 Mar 1924
  109. The Honour System May 1924
  110. The Greatest Mystery Jul 1924
  111. The Return of the Bon Homme Richard Jul 1924
  112. TheFrozen Paper Aug 1924
  113. The Elements: Air Sep 1924
  114. The Ghost Chase Sep 1924
  115. Synthetic Love Sep 1924
  116. The Elements: Fire Oct 1924
  117. The Elements: Earth Oct 1924
  118. The Hypocrites Oct 1924
  119. The Elements: Water Nov 1924
  120. The Fumes of Folly Nov 1924
  121. The Voice in the Dark Nov 1924
  122. The Barn-Burner Dec 1924
  123. The Compass: North Dec 1924
  124. The Compass: East Dec 1924
  125. The Compass: South Jan 1925
  126. The Compass: West Jan 1925
  127. The Six Senses: Sight Jan 1925
  128. The Gas Tramp Jan 1925
  129. The Six Senses: Smell Feb 1925
  130. The Six Senses: Taste Feb 1925
  131. The Six Senses: Touch Feb 1925
  132. The Six Senses: Hearing Feb 1925
  133. The Six Senses: The "Sixth" Sense Mar 1925
  134. Woman's Wiles Mar 1925
  135. The Long Arm Apr 1925
  136. Land Poor May 1925
  137. Revenge May 1925
  138. Dead Beets Aug 1925
  139. Harvest Home Nov 1925
  140. Pandora, or: the World Tomorrow Jan 1926
  141. Craig Kennedy Gets His Girl Jul 1928
  142. Craig Kennedy Gets the Dope Jul 1928
  143. Craig Kennedy and the Model Aug 1928
  144. Craig Kennedy and the Ghost Aug 1928
  145. Blood Will Tell Sep 1928
  146. Radiant Doom Oct 1928
  147. The Dead Line Oct 1928
  148. Craig Kennedy Splits Hairs Oct 1928
  149. The Christmas Case Dec 1928
  150. The Mystery Ray Feb 1929
  151. The Beauty Wrecker Mar 1929
  152. Poisoned Music Aug 1929
  153. The Crime Student Sep 1929
  154. The Gigolo Mystery Oct 1929
  155. The Mystery of the Phantom Voice Nov 1929
  156. The House of a Hundred Murders Dec 1929
  157. The Mystery in the Mire Jan 1930
  158. The Mystery of the Bulawayo Diamond Jan 1930
  159. The Kidnap Club Apr 1932
  160. Death in the Cards May 1932
  161. The Junior League Murder Jun 1932
  162. Murder Under the Southern Cross July 1932
  163. Murder Never Dies Aug 1932
  164. Murder in Green Sep 1932
  165. Murder on the Mike Dec 1932
  166. Murder in the Tourist Camp Dec 1932
  167. The Electric War Sep 1933
  168. The Golden Grave Oct 1933
  169. The Inca Dagger Jan 1934
  170. Murder at Night Aug 1934
  171. The Death Cry May 1935

AdaptationsEdit

The character's name was spoofed in 1916 by Douglas Fairbanks, who played "Coke Enneday" in the cocaine comedy film and Sherlock Holmes sendup The Mystery of the Leaping Fish.

Herbert Rawlinson portrayed Craig Kennedy in the silent serial film The Carter Case (1919). Jack Mulhall played Kennedy in the serial The Clutching Hand (1936) for the Weiss Brothers, who also produced the 1951 television series called Craig Kennedy, Criminologist, which was based on the same character. Donald Woods portrayed Craig Kennedy in the television series.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Peter Haining, The Classic Era of Crime Fiction. Prion Books, 2002. pp 73-74
  2. ^ "The Career of Arthur B. Reeve," by John Locke, introduction to From Ghouls to Gangsters: The Career of Arthur B. Reeve: Volume 2 (2007).

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