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Gumshoe -- Albert Finney stars as a bingo-caller who, bored with his mundane existence, takes out a newspaper ad offering his services as a private detective. In no time at all, Finney finds himself involved in a series of plots and counterplots.

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Director:
Writer:
Neville Smith (written by)
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Release Date:
December 1971 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Ginley's a gumshoe. Ginley's got guts. Ginley's got a gun. See more »
Plot:
Ginley (Albert Finney) is a nightclub bingo caller eager for a career change. On his thirty-first birthday... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Superb writing and acting make this as fresh as when first released See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Albert Finney ... Eddie Ginley

Billie Whitelaw ... Ellen

Frank Finlay ... William

Janice Rule ... Mrs. Blankerscoon

Carolyn Seymour ... Alison

Fulton Mackay ... Straker
George Innes ... Bookshop Proprietor
George Silver ... De Fries
Bill Dean ... Tommy (as Billy Dean)

Wendy Richard ... Anne Scott

Maureen Lipman ... Naomi
Neville Smith ... Arthur
Oscar James ... Azinge
Joe Kenyon ... Joey (as Joey Kenyon)
Bert King ... Mal
Christopher Cunningham ... Clifford (as Chris Cunningham)
Ken Jones ... Labour Exchange Clerk
Tom Kempinski ... Psychiatrist
Harry Hutchinson ... Kleptomaniac
Ernie Mack and The Saturated Seven ... Artist in Club (as Ernie Mack and the Saturated Seven)

Jayson Kane ... Artist in Club (as Jason Kane)
The Jacksons ... Artist in Club
Vicki Day ... Artist in Club
Scott Christian ... Artist in Club

Directed by
Stephen Frears 
 
Writing credits
Neville Smith (written by)

Produced by
David Barber .... associate producer
Michael Medwin .... producer
Albert Finney .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Andrew Lloyd Webber 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Rees 
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
 
Production Design by
Michael Seymour 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Cordwell 
 
Makeup Department
Susie Hill .... hairdresser
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Basil Keys .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Roger Simons .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Richard Rambaut .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Rodney Holland .... sound editor
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Christian Wangler .... sound recordist
Peter Maxwell .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Orton .... camera operator
Ron Pearce .... electrical supervisor: Lee Electric Lighting
Jack Roche .... grip
Sophie Baker .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daphne Dare .... costumes
Barbara Gillett .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Jonathan Gili .... assistant supervising editor
Fergus McDonell .... supervising editor
Nicholas Napier-Bell .... assistant supervising editor (as N.J. Napier-Bell)
 
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Brian Brockwell .... production accountant
Pamela Davies .... continuity (as Pam Davies)
John Southwood .... location manager
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
88 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video) (re-rating) (2007) (2010) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG

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Trivia:
The second film produced by Albert Finney's production company Memorial Enterprises. Finney, uncredited, was a producer on the picture.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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Soundtrack:
Liverpool HomeSee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Superb writing and acting make this as fresh as when first released, 20 August 2008
Author: csrothwec from Yorkshire, England

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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