I totally agree with you. Hammy,(but good old fashioned style) acting,dodgy accents & even dodgier back projection (hilarious!) are all part of the fun. Add a good feel for noirish atmosphere & George Sanders. What more could you want? The Maltese Falcon,The Big Sleep & these little B movies series in between?!!! (smiley here!) It would be wonderful to see these properly restored & remastered,one day. Unlikely at the moment sadly,but it's great to see Odeon releasing these on Region 2 and the image quality is pretty good,although a little over exposed in places. I was perfectly happy with my purchase anyway and I can get rid of my dodgy old off air VHS tapes at last!
You mention The Falcon,Charlie Chan and Mr Moto;but The Michael Shayne movies starring Lloyd Nolan,are pretty entertaining too. And not to forget the marvellous Thin Man films starring Myrna Loy and William Powell!
Nice to see more of these movie series from the Golden age of cinema being being made available by Fox,Warner and Odeon. Most of them are tremendous fun!