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Gumshoe (1971)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | December 1971 (UK)
Nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley fulfills his Dashiell Hammett love by putting an ad in the paper as a private eye.

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Cast

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William
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Mrs. Blankerscoon
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Alison
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Straker
George Innes ...
Bookshop Proprietor
George Silver ...
De Fries
Bill Dean ...
Tommy (as Billy Dean)
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Naomi
Neville Smith ...
Arthur
Oscar James ...
Azinge
Joe Kenyon ...
Joey (as Joey Kenyon)
Bert King ...
Mal
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Storyline

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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Finney's the Dick...Gumshoe's the Flick See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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December 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Auf leisen Sohlen  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is a homage and tribute to Dashiell Hammett, hard-boiled film noir, Humphrey Bogart, The Maltese Falcon (1941) and old Hollywood detective films of the 1940s. See more »

Quotes

Anne Scott: I'd rather fight than switch.
Eddie Ginley: [dialling phone] So you'd rather fight? What weight are you?
Anne Scott: Bantam.
Eddie Ginley: I'm heavy.
Anne Scott: Ooh. You've got the weight, I've got the speed.
Eddie Ginley: I sometimes hit below the belt.
Eddie Ginley: [Phones again]
Anne Scott: Hit below the belt, do you?
Eddie Ginley: And I've got a long reach.
Anne Scott: That's no good in a clinch.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Columbia logo does not have the Columbia name on it, just the lady with the torch. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Red Dwarf: Gunmen of the Apocalypse (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Crying In The Rain
Performed by The Jacksons
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
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Superb writing and acting make this as fresh as when first released
20 August 2008 | by (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this for the fourth time, the first time having been in the cinema upon its release. This first viewing saw me classifying it as a pastiche along the lines of Woody Allen's "Play it again, Sam" or "The Black Bird" with George Segal. In fact, the script and acting of "Gumshoe" make it infinitely better than either of these two and put it into that rare category of films, which actually get BETTER with each viewing. For a film approaching its fortieth anniversary, obviously much of the background, (such as the physical locations in Liverpool and Billie Whitelaw's being 'locked' into her loveless marriage with Frank Finlay), are now museum pieces/views into the past. Overall, though, the film still comes across as amazingly fresh and entertains from beginning to end. The lightning speed patter and one-liners are razor sharp and the performances by ALL of the lead characters are stunning. The nearest parallel I can find is "The Third Man" and, while it is definitely not in that category overall, I still think this is a very good film indeed which was vastly underestimated when it first came out,(for example by me!), and which only grows in stature and the enjoyment it affords with each renewed viewing.


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