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Goodnight, My Love (1972)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Comedy, Mystery  |  17 October 1972 (USA)
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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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Francis Hogan
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Arthur Boyle
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Susan Lakely
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Julius Limeway
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Michael Tarlow
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Edgar
Walter Burke ...
Wheezer
Lou Wagner ...
Sally
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Sidney
John Lawrence ...
Reardon
Jan Daley ...
Niteclub Singer
Luke Andreas ...
Nightman
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Bananas
Vic Vallaro ...
Courier
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Benny
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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.

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Crime | Comedy | Mystery

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Buenas noches, mi amor  »

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Arthur Boyle: Yo ho, Francis... yo ho!
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"I really hate getting beaten up..."
27 June 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

It's Los Angeles 1946, and a money courier for a shady nightclub owner is killed en route to his destination; meanwhile, a blonde "tomato" has hired beaten-down gumshoe Francis Hogan (and his "small fellow" sidekick) to find her boyfriend, who's been missing for four days. TV-made noir, an early effort from talented writer-director Peter Hyams, has everything a slim budget can afford: period costumes and cars, faux-Art Deco decor, seedy racetrack types and bookie joints. Unfortunately, Richard Boone, while amiable, isn't exactly Humphrey Bogart; looking out-of-place in tatty suits and hats, it's rather disconcerting to see Boone playing the good guy (with his molten lava complexion and steely eyes, he looks more like one of the gorillas hired on by the heavy). Victor Buono's performance as the piggy-eyed villain (who amusingly uses words like 'semi-literate') is the stand-out here, and Barbara Bain is also very good as the damsel-in-distress (she's likened to a Veronica Lake type, but she's much more from the Lauren Bacall school). Hyams' plot turns out to be a shaggy dog mystery--much of which takes place off-screen--and the character relationships suffer as a result. There's a little snooping, a little shooting, some scuffles, a few dead bodies, but nothing intrinsically exciting happening at the movie's core. Hyams obviously has a love for Bogie mysteries and Raymond Chandler stories (the title alone is pretty much a riff on "Farewell, My Lovely"), and his affection is translated here with aplomb. What he's missing is the sharp sting of a good story. Those '40s-era pulp-detective dramas worked on a much bigger scale than their visual accouterments and smart talk alone--they had cutting wit, a tangible mystery, and three-dimensional good guys and bad guys (you knew exactly where you stood with them). There's no time on the clock to expand on this reedy plot, and not enough money in the budget to expound on the virtues herein. "Goodnight, My Love" is agreeable and nostalgic, yet its edges are far too smooth.


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