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Shamus (1973)

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New York private eye Shamus McCoy likes girls, drink and gambling, but by the look of his flat business can't be too hot. So an offer of $10,000 to finds some diamonds stolen in a daring ... See full summary »

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New York private eye Shamus McCoy likes girls, drink and gambling, but by the look of his flat business can't be too hot. So an offer of $10,000 to finds some diamonds stolen in a daring raid with a flame-thrower is too good to miss. His investigations soon get pretty complicated and rather too dangerous. At least along the way he does get to meet Alexis. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Shamus is a pro! He never misses! See more »


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5 February 1973 (Sweden)  »

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Passion for Danger  »

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Trivia

The cat in this film was called "Morris" and was well-known from the famous "9-Lives" cat food television commercials. The feline was also even billed in the movie's credits. Moreover, Morris had just recently won a PATSY Award for (as the acronym goes) Performing Animal Television Star of the Year (special award, commercials) for the previous 1972 year. Morris the Cat also appeared in another film noir detective film around the same time as Shamus (1973), that being in the same 1973 year's adaptation of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye (1973) directed by Robert Altman. See more »

Goofs

When McCoy enters the shipping room at the warehouse, the border pattern on the front of the glass panel does not match that seen through from the rear. The two verticals over the PP in SHIPPING should be visible through the frosted glass, but there is a horizontal join instead. See more »

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Shamus McCoy: She doesn't need protection, she's flat chested.
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Neat piece of moviemaking, worth preserving
30 June 2003 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

The story of Shamus seems to be loosely based on Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep. Burt Reynolds is in the Humphrey Bogart role, and he acquits himself well playing the Philip Marlowe of the chewing gum generation. He doesn't take himself too seriously, is less sarcastic than the forties version and there are quite a few good laughs to be had.

Shamus is remarkable for reflecting the period it was shot in. The directing and the cinematography are very good. I also liked the musical score. There are quite a few nicely stylized action scenes on real locations in dock areas. Dyan Cannon gives her usual solid performance and wears clothes today's fashion designers will be very interested in. Her character's apartment in a high rise on East River must be the "dernier cri" of 1973‘s interior decorating: prints of Vasarely and Miro, steel frame chairs with white leather cushions, lamps with huge chrome bowls etc. etc.

This movie, a bright child of its time, is well worth preserving.


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