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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:
Insanely under-rated, under-appreciated 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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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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:
Albert Finney was originally going to direct this film, Finney having recently directed Charlie Bubbles (1967). But Finney was so immersed in his characterization for the film that he forgoed directing the picture and handed over the reins to his Charlie Bubbles (1967) assistant Stephen Frears.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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Soundtrack:
Baby, You're Good For MeSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Insanely under-rated, under-appreciated, 24 April 2015
Author: A_Different_Drummer from North America

The 70s. You had to be there.

The cheap production standards of the 50s were an attempt to mass produce films the way you would would mass produce shoes. The 60s was an experimental era the same way the children of the 60s were experimenting with everything they could get their hands on.

By the 70s films had become more contemplative. The folks behind this little gem decided it was time somebody wrote a script that captured the very essence of the film noires from the 40s.

Notice I emphasized the script first, because the rest seems almost an afterthought. Make no mistake. Finney is brilliant as the protagonist comic who wants to be a shamus, a gumshoe, but without that magical script there would be no movie.

The script is brilliant. You could turn the picture off and simply listen to the soundtrack and not miss much. ITS THAT GOOD.

One scene in particular where Eddie has to seduce an office girl to get an address seems a riff off Bogey in BIG SLEEP. But with better and faster dialog.

The fact that even the IMDb tag for the film says "comedy" -- WHICH IT WAS NOT -- tells you how lost this gem is in the annals of film.

Whitelaw is great. Janice Rule steals her few scenes.

Recommended.

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