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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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Ron Birdwell
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Laura Birdwell
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Mrs. Schmidt
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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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One of a number of 1970s spoofs of film noir and hard-boiled detective films of the 1940s from the likes of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, some of which starred Humphrey Bogart, who was the main target of the parodies. The films included Murder by Death (1976) and The Cheap Detective (1978), both from Neil Simon, Peeper (1976), The Long Goodbye (1973), Woody Allen's Play It Again, Sam (1972), and The Man with Bogart's Face (1980). 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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[Ira's talking to Margo]
Ira: Back in the Forties, this town was crawlin' with dollies like you. Good-lookin' coquettes tryin' their damnedest to act tough as hell. I got news for you: they did it better back then. This town doesn't change - they just push the names around. Same dames... screwin' up their lives just the same way.
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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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