Down and out private detective is hired to catch a woman who dresses like Catwoman while committing robberies.

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Carolyn Brandt ...
Carrie Erskine
Bernard Fein ...
Big Mack
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Frankie Roberts
Brett Pearson ...
Brett
Herb Robins ...
Herbie
Ray Dennis Steckler ...
Charles Smith
Coleman Francis ...
Coley
Dina Bryan ...
Stella
Julie Conners ...
Shawn Call
Brett Zeller ...
Carol Hollister
Pat Jackson ...
Alan Smith ...
Harris Fergeson
Ron Haydock ...
Fritz the Photographer
Larry Chandler ...
Waco
Wade Watson ...
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Down and out private detective is hired to catch a woman who dresses like Catwoman while committing robberies.

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Trapped by Drugs, Hounded by the Underworld

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Ray Dennis Steckler had just completed filming the last scene, when walking to his car, he saw Coleman Francis drunk and lying in the gutter. Steckler felt so bad about Francis's condition that, even though he had finished work on the movie, he offered Francis a role in it. Steckler added some scenes just to give Francis some work and some badly needed cash, which he gave Francis in advance. Steckler and his crew were astonished when Francis showed up for work the next day sober, clean-shaven and nicely attired. This was a bit of a problem since Steckler had wanted him to play the part of a disheveled bum. Francis had used the advance pay to buy a decent second-hand suit, a shave and a haircut. See more »

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Charlie Smith: My whole life has been a movie, but I keep getting the reels mixed up.
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Private eye Steckler hunts for a woman burglar
13 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Body Fever" is a semi-comic take on complex private eye movies. It's a cheap independent production, but don't hold that against it because for the money it's quite entertaining and there are Hollywood productions that spend 10,000 times as much money and fall flat.

The guiding entrepreneur and artist behind this is Ray Dennis Steckler, and he plays the hero and detective. Using a noir staple, the private eye, he sometimes narrates ironically and that provides some amusement as he is a flawed character and knows it. The plot is complex, with quite a few characters who know one another, and that intricacy provides some ironic humor of its own. The story involves a theft of drugs from an associate of Big Mac. It's partly an inside job, but the woman who steals the drugs herself gets robbed. Mac wants the drugs found and the associate hires Steckler to find the woman. As he follows leads, he finds his way to Mac's pool hall, not knowing that Mac has instigated the entire search. He further pretends to know Mac, adding to the irony. This is but one meeting as he works his way through the world of seedy characters, photographers, thieves, goons, addicts, and women of easy virtue.

The film is unpolished or crude. This at times makes it evident that we are watching awkward scenes and breaks the illusion of the fourth wall or the suspension of disbelief. That is, we know we are watching the story while experiencing these flaws and our absorption in the movie declines. The direction is also quite often sub-par for one reason or another. But Steckler at the same time has given us quite a bit of bang for the buck.

I took a look because other reviews mention its film noir relation. Well, it's not film noir but it's in the private eye category and that takes it some distance. And Steckler shows a good deal of creativity in providing his own refreshing take on that.


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