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Gumshoe (1971)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  December 1971 (UK)
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Ginley (Albert Finney) is a nightclub bingo caller eager for a career change. On his thirty-first birthday, he advertises himself as a private eye in the newspaper. He dons a trench coat, ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Blankerscoon
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Alison
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Straker
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Bookshop Proprietor
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De Fries
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Tommy (as Billy Dean)
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Naomi
Neville Smith ...
Arthur
Oscar James ...
Azinge
Joe Kenyon ...
Joey (as Joey Kenyon)
Bert King ...
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Ginley (Albert Finney) is a nightclub bingo caller eager for a career change. On his thirty-first birthday, he advertises himself as a private eye in the newspaper. He dons a trench coat, and begins engaging others in rapid-fire dialogue as if he were Humphrey Bogart, or some Dashiell Hammett creation. Soon after, Ginley is phoned by a fat man, who gives him a package containing a gun, a photograph, and a large sum of money. Eventually Ginley is investigating a case involving smuggling of weapons as well as drugs. Ginley also finds himself at odds with his unsupportive brother, who offers Ginley payment to break off his investigations. Eventually Ginley learns of his brother-in-law's involvement in the crimes at hand. Ginley faces a series of daunting tasks: solving the crimes, bringing justice to the smugglers (and a murderer), as well as maintaining his safety and sanity in the process. Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Auf leisen Sohlen  »

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Trivia

Part of a 1970s revival cycle of film noir and hard-boiled detective movies which included Gumshoe (1971), Chinatown (1974), and The Black Bird (1975). Five Chandler filmed adaptations were made around this period including this cinema movie. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Ginley: Mrs. Blankers-Cohen?
Anne Scott: Not expected.
Eddie Ginley: Where can I find her?
Anne Scott: 49 Faulkner Square.
Eddie Ginley: Does she live there?
Anne Scott: Yes, but not for long.
Eddie Ginley: How come.
Anne Scott: She's leaving. Tomorrow.
Eddie Ginley: What time?
Anne Scott: 7am.
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The opening Columbia logo does not have the Columbia name on it, just the lady with the torch. See more »

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References The Big Sleep (1946) See more »

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Moulin Rouge Waltz
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Music by Georges Auric
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The plot thickens
7 August 2014 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

Even though he co-wrote the screenplay for "The Big Sleep," William Faulkner reportedly admitted that he never understood the plot. It would have been fun to turn him loose on "Gumshoe" which by comparison makes "The Big Sleep" seem like an exercise in clarity. Albert Finney stars as a bingo caller and aspiring comic who advertises himself as a private eye. Lured to a hotel room, he's handed a parcel containing a thousand pounds, a gun and some photos. Why? He has no idea and neither does the audience. But it does lead to an encounter with a self-styled hit man and a dead body in his bedroom. Why? Again, no one has a clue. Eventually, the mystery centers on a drug-addicted fat man, Finney's obnoxious brother played by Frank Finlayson, shipments of arms to Africa and a weird book store which is managed either by a nymphet or a thug. Throughout the confusion, much to his credit, Finney acts as if it all makes sense. In fact, his performance is thoroughly entertaining. Which "Gumshoe" would be if it was only comprehensible.


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