Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself. Bootlegger Dave the Dude is a sucker for her apples --- he ... See full summary »
Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.
Set in England, rather than California, the story follows Raymond Chandler's book fairly closely otherwise. Philip Marlowe is asked by the elderly (and near death) General Sternwood to ... See full summary »
Lou Peckinpaugh, the Cheap detective has entered a world that is half Casablanca and half Maltese Falcon. A parody of Bogart's films in which Lou goes through a series of scenes from the two movies trying to keep ahead of the police who think he killed his partner and find the black bird. Written by
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Madeline Kahn's character uses 16 names: Denise Manderley, Wanda Coleman, Gilda Dabney, Chloe LaMarr, Alma Chalmers, Alma Palmers, Vivian Purcell, Carmen Montenegro, Diane Glucksman, Mrs. Danvers, Natasha Ublenskaya, Sophie DeVega, Mary Jones, Lady Edwina Morgan St. Paul, Norma Shearer, and Barbara Stanwyck. The name used most is Mrs. Montenegro. See more »
The movie takes place in 1939, yet the song sung in the nightclub is 'La Vie En Rose' which was not written until 1946. See more »
Gumshoe send-up without enough cheap, lowdown laughs...
Peter Falk reteams with writer Neil Simon and director Robert Moore following their triumphant whodunit "Murder By Death", playing the Humphrey Bogart role in a satire of 1940s film-noirs, surrounded by wharf-front broads, Nazi villains and low-rent killers. The large cast is filled with game players, but Simon's screenplay just doesn't have enough snap--and too few laughs to make the plot more involving. Falk is effortlessly hard-boiled, but the surrounding situations are lackluster. Eileen Brennan gets a good chuckle as a chanteuse and Ann-Margret is very funny as a sultry double-crosser, but Louise Fletcher (in the Ingrid Bergman/good gal role) doesn't have the chops for comedy and Marsha Mason seems a little confused as to how seriously she should play her role as the widow of Falk's dead partner. If the filmmakers really wanted to emulate the movies from the past, perhaps they felt too much lowdown, vulgar comedy might cheapen the nostalgia; if so, they forgot that comedies are generally supposed to be laugh-getters and not just lightweight affairs. ** from ****
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