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Alexis Montaigne
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Hardcore
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Lieutenant Promuto
Giorgio Tozzi ...
Dottore
Ron Weyand ...
E.J. Hume
Larry Block ...
Springy
Beeson Carroll ...
Bolton
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The Kid
Kay Frye ...
Bookstore Girl
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Johnnie
Merwin Goldsmith ...
Schnook
Melody Santangello ...
Alice
Irving Selbst ...
Heavy
Alex Wilson ...
Felix Montaigne
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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 a pool-shooting, card-playing, broad-chasing, private eye...cross him, and he'll blow your head off! See more »


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Passion for Danger  »

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The only actors to appear in this film's only sequel A Matter of Wife... and Death (1975) were Larry Block and Joe Santos who reprized their roles as Springy and Lieutenant Vince Promuto respectively. 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: You think you can buy me?
E.J. Hume: I'll give you ten thousand to come up with the diamonds or the killers.
Shamus McCoy: You just bought me.
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References The Big Sleep (1946) See more »

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Early 70's NYC Reynolds
26 August 2011 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I just watched "Shamus" for the first time, ever. I mainly wanted to watch it for two reasons, one being I like early Burt, and also that it was filmed (the Brooklyn scenes) just blocks from where I grew up. I guess that I like early 70's NYC films as well.

Truth is, I did make it through the movie, but it's not really that good of a movie. Actually, I pretty much have absolutely no idea what it was about. Something about some stolen diamonds, guns, and shady people but it all just got lost to me. The main fun is watching 70's superstud Burt do his private-eye thing, which is mainly smoking cigarettes, acting cool, throwing around witty one-liners, getting chicks to go to bed with him, and punching guys out. Hey, good enough. What was that plot again? Funny scene in a bookstore where Burt walks in and decides he's gonna sleep with the hot intellectual chick in there, and of course he makes her melt with his ultra-coolness and smooth lines. Burt smooth-talks the gorgeous Dyan Cannon too, who kinda underacts here, like she's half asleep.

There are a lot of familiar 70's faces in this. But maybe best of all is Morris The Cat, who I guess earned the role from his rave reviews as 9-Lives spokescat (he was also in the movie "The Long Goodbye"). Morris earns raves as he uses his cool cat skills to, well, be a cool cat when things are happening around him. Morris gets fed a few times and we don't see the brand, 9-Lives definitely missed on some early product placement.

But Burt is good, as he participates in a lot of fighting, loving, swearing, and he even drives a huge stolen army vehicle throughout town with no police interference. The movie has an odd ending, maybe Morris should have helped that out. If you can watch Burt do his thing without caring too much about the mixed up plot, "Shamus" is good for a viewing.


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