A seedy writer of sleazy pulp novels is recruited by a quirky, reclusive ex-actor to help him write his biography at his house in Malta.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey King
Preston Gilbert
Ben Dinuccio
Betty Cippola
The Englishman
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Amerigo Tot ...
Robert Sacchi ...
The Bogeyman (as Roberto Sacchi)
Giulio Donnini ...
Typing Pool Manager
Joe Zammit Cordina ...
The Beautiful Thing
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Maria Cumani Quasimodo ...
Office Manageress (as Maria Quasimodo)
Liù Bosisio ...
1st Typist (as Liu Bosisio)


Michael King is a seedy writer of sleazy pulp genre novels under a half dozen sensational pseudonyms whose ambition is to dictate 10,000 words per minute to stenographers a la Earle Stanley Gardner. He's recruited by the agent of Preston Gilbert, a quirky ex-Hollywood star currently living reclusively in exile in Malta, to help him write his biography. Despite being pursued by an enigmatic hit man, Gilbert has a large entourage of eccentrics and remains an inveterate practical joker. After Gilbert is eventually murdered by an apparent priest, King tries to stay alive himself while interacting with a variety of idiosyncratic characters including an ersatz princess, a henpecked clairvoyant, and a cross-dressing hit man. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Write it. Live it. But try not to be it. See more »


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November 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Memoirs of a Ghostwriter  »

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Mickey Rooney's brown sedan is a 1953 Chrysler Windsor. See more »


In his narration, Michael Caine claims that five people were in their graves, as a result of the proceedings of the movie, but there were actually six: Preston Gilbert; the singer at Preston's banquet; the accordionist at the banquet; the servant at the poolside shooting ("the projectionist," according to Nadia Cassini); the old Italian who directed Caine to the beach; and of course, Jack Miller. See more »


Mickey King: [voiceover] At the time, I was living abroad. I was already a writer, having three years before left London - and a lucrative job as a funeral director. It was the family business of my wife, whom I'd deserted together with my three children. Handling stiffs was hardly the life for someone with a burning creative urge. So I elbowed the loved ones.
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References The Pink Panther (1963) See more »


In a Quiet Corner
Written by William Millen, Jack Hylton and Reginald Connelly
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Pulp is Michael Caine/ Mike Hodges' BEAT THE DEVIL. In that film, Huston and Bogart re-teamed to satirise the films that had made their names and to have some fun at the same time. In PULP, the two Mikes do the same thing.

In its own way, it's as good as Get Carter. Just don't go into it thinking you're going to get the same sort of thing. Mike Hodges looks on it as the flip side to Carter and he's right. In the first film, Caine was as hard as nails. In this, he's as camp as christmas. In his Safari suits and cigarette holder he is clearly Jarvis Cocker's role model.

It's not for everyone. It's not for those that demand their films take themeselves seriously. It's a rather silly film, but it knows this and plays this quality up. Quite rare, but good fun.

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