Dead men don't wear plaid (1982)

Laugh... or I'll blow your lips off!

Original Title : Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Director : Carl Reiner
Writer : Carl Reiner
George Gipe
Steve Martin
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : William E. McEuen , Richard McWhorter , David V. Picker
Music : Mikl√≥s R√≥zsa
Photography : Michael Chapman
Distributor : CIC V√≠deo [br]
IMDB ID : 0083798
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¬Steve Martin Rigby Reardon
¬Rachel Ward Juliet Forrest
¬Rachel Ward Juliet Forrest


Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin). Searching for answers, Rigby encounters dangerous men and women, and assorted low-lives who were the hallmarks of the classic detective movies of the 40's and 50's. The main clues which he finds over and over comes from slips of paper containing lists of people who are either friends of Carlotta or enemies of Carlotta. Filming in black and white allows the use of scenes from the old movies and cuts them in with the actors in this film. It is through this process that Rigby's assistant is none other than Marlowe himself (Humphrey Bogart).


Interesting idea doesn't work I am a big fan of both Steve Martin and Carl Reiner, but can't say too many positive things for this one. It was interesting to see how they meshed the old scenes with new ones and a couple times it actually didn't seem too forced. That's about the best I can say for them. Contrary to what I've read here, it was totally obvious when the old clips came in and went out. Yes, there were a few chuckles here and there and Rachel Ward is beautiful. Unfortunately what it accomplished was that it made me long to see one of those old classics with Bogart or Cagney again or one I hadn't seen such as the one with Vincent Price. I think as a college project it would be called creative and fun, but coming from these 2 comedy greats it was really less than what I was expecting.
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