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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Ira Wells
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Margo
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Charlie Hatter
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Ron Birdwell
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Laura Birdwell
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Lamar
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Mrs. Schmidt
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Sergeant Dayton
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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, warmest, funniest, and most touching movie you'll ever see about blackmail, mystery, and murder. See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Comedy | Drama

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4 July 1977 (Denmark)  »

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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 has pictures of her cat, Winston, that she wants Ira to find]
Margo Sperling: This little kitty is just a little honey bun. Give this little cat a break!
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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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Kooky valentine to noir flicks; great comic chemistry between Art & Lily
11 April 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

THE LATE SHOW (1977) ***1/2 Art Carney, Lily Tomlin, Bill Macy, Eugene Roche, Joanna Cassidy, Howard Duff. Hommage to pulp fiction/film noir gumshoe flicks ala "The Big Sleep" with comedy instead of menace with Carney as over-the-hill private dick hired by loony New Age Tomlin wanting her kidnapped kitty back only to find herself neck deep in murder and adultery in the underbelly of sunny LA. Kooky pairing of the two leads is the films' appeal as well as for its affinity for the genre thanks to writer/director Robert Benton's right on the money approach.


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