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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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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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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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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

Tommy: [Eddie has gone to Botha Export Co Ltd for further investigations] We're closed!
Anne Scott: Got your coat?
Tommy: Yeah!
Anne Scott: Put it on.
Tommy: Who are you?
Anne Scott: Board of Trade.
Tommy: Well, what do you want?
Anne Scott: We have Powers Of Search.
Tommy: You don't look like the Board Of Trade to me.
Anne Scott: We're changing the image. Would you sit down please. Oh, wait. You've got something on your eye. No, don't touch it, don't touch it. Leave it to me. Relax.
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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 Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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These Foolish Things
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Music by Jack Strachey
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
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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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