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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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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 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 film opens with an old black-and-white Warner Brothers logo and not the then current color one which was in use by the studio at the time. See more »

Goofs

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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An excellent detective story.
22 August 1999 | by (Madison, Wi) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie. It's such a remarkable throwback to 40s noir and detective films. Art Carney's Ira Wells adds a kind of post modern twist to the genre as he is an aging detective, not as hard boiled as he used to be. One thing that's neat about this film is the way that Ira and his contacts talk to each other. Benton resurrects the distinctive lingo of The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon within this interesting group of underworld entangled characters. I've seen a lot of other flicks that try to do the same thing, but this one makes it much more believable and doesn't play it for comic effect. Similar to the way Miller's Crossing draws you into its world with dialogue (among other things), so too does this film. Lily Tomlin also teams up well with Carney as his flighty new partner in private investigation. This film is a genuine treat for fans of Spade or Marlowe movies.


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