A down-on-his-luck private eye and his partner, a dwarf, are drawn into a tangle of missing persons and murder in 1940s Los Angeles.





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Credited cast:
Francis Hogan
Arthur Boyle
Susan Lakely
Julius Limeway
Michael Tarlow
Walter Burke ...
John Lawrence ...
Jan Daley ...
Niteclub Singer
Luke Andreas ...
Vic Vallaro ...
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Gruff gumshoe Francis Hogan is hired by a mysterious woman to find her boyfriend who has gone missing. With his perpetually hungry partner in tow, Hogan must untangle a web of intrigue involving the criminal underworld and a dead courier. One double-cross follows another as Hogan investigates the whole sordid affair. Written by Alfred Jingle

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The time: 1946. The men: Hogan and Doyle, private eyes. Their client: A luscious blonde with a figure that would knock you out and some friends who would knock you dead.


Crime | Comedy | Mystery





Release Date:

17 October 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buenas noches, mi amor  »

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Arthur Boyle: Yo ho, Francis... yo ho!
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worth rediscovery
12 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Back in the 1970s, some young directors really believed it was possible to make movies for television, rather than "TV movies" (one-episode 90 minute TV shows or the longer, even less cinematic soap opera 'miniseries'). The best known of these efforts was Spielberg's "Duel," but there were good films appearing now and again all the way up 'till about 1983, which saw the "Day After" phenomenon, following which Republicans put such pressure on TV producers, they never attempted anything risky on broadcast TV again.

This movie may very well be Peter Hyam's best. It certainly boasts the best later performance by Richard Boone as a washed-out detective and a knock-down performance by Michael Dunne as his side-kick. The camera-work, the pacing, the dialog, are all low-key, but need to be - this is an homage to the noir films of the forties, not a "Chinatown" attempt to resurrect them. Consequently there's a great deal of gentle humor here, but it never gets campy, and doesn't get in the way of a tight little mystery that is doomed to end badly for everyone - the detectives succeed in the end only because they live to be able to tell the tale (and are smart enough to know not to waste their breath telling it). There's a general feeling of 'life happens" pervading the film - as was also the case for the noir films toward the end of that genre as it faded after WWII. Despite the low-key approach, the film is highly memorable for its atmosphere and characterizations. I haven't seen it for years and I still think of seeing it with pleasure. Probably a lost film (although I suppose you can find anything on the internet), this could be well worth the research to rediscover.

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