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The Late Show (1977)

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A grumpy semi-retired private investigator partners with a quirky female client to catch the people who murdered his partner.

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Ira Wells
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Margo
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Charlie Hatter
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A grumpy semi-retired private investigator partners with a quirky female client to catch the people who murdered his partner.

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The nicest movie you'll ever see about murder and blackmail. [Lobby Card] See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Comedy | Drama

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4 July 1977 (Denmark)  »

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A Última Investigação  »

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The movie featured Group Theatre founder actress Ruth Nelson portraying the landlady Mrs. Schmidt, this character name being a spoof of the German aircraft manufacturing company "Messerschmitt". This film was astonishingly Nelson's first theatrical film role in almost thirty years. See more »

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The first close-up of Charlie's white shoes with blood on them also shows Ira's black shoes right next to him, but Ira doesn't walk up to help Charlie until the following shot. See more »

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Margo Sperling: Boy, it's really lucky for you that I just happen to be a very self-destructive person.
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References The Thin Man (1957) See more »

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Lyrics by Stephen Lehner
Music by Ken Wannberg
Sung by Bev Kelly
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Perfection!
2 November 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

THE LATE SHOW is a truly great movie that's been foolishly overlooked. Perhaps because it was produced by Robert Altman during his "art film" years people were afraid of it. Art Carney is a one-bit private detective hired to find the missing cat of flaky actress/talent agent/astrologer Margo (Lily Tomlin). They find the cat pretty quickly & end up in a thickly plotted murder mystery worthy of John Huston & Dashell Hammett. Carney and Tomlin are a fun combination and the script by Robert Benton has to be some sort of a classic. Eugene Roche, Bill Macy & Ruth Nelson (as Carney's extraordinarily patient landlady)offer first rate support.


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