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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

One of a number of 1970s spoofs of film noir and hard-boiled detective films of the 1940s from the likes of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, some of which starred Humphrey Bogart, who was the main target of the parodies. The films included Gumshoe (1971), The Long Goodbye (1973), Woody Allen's Play It Again, Sam (1972), Murder by Death (1976) and The Cheap Detective (1978), both from Neil Simon and The Man with Bogart's Face (1980). 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Big Sleep (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Moulin Rouge
Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Jacques Larue
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Surprisingly fresh and very well written
1 December 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This film buzzes with excitement and whips along at a great pace. It's cliché precisely because Eddie Ginley sees everything that way. That's the charm.

The script works well, and is a delight if you concentrate (!) All the actors give deeply - the sparring between Finlay and Finney is marvellous. How they kept straight faces is a mystery - they seem to be enjoying it so much.

All the locations are raw and stark but never over-done or contrived. What you see is what there was in 1970's Liverpool and London.

A thoroughly enjoyable film with a top-class cast.


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