Foul Play (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Thriller  |  14 July 1978 (USA)
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A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Tibbets
Marilyn Sokol ...
Theatre Manager
J.J. MacKuen
Bruce Solomon ...
Pat Ast ...
Mrs. Venus


When, unbeknownst to Gloria, a microfilm cassette is left with her by a dying agent, she becomes entangled in a complicated series of events. She's pursued by a dwarf and an albino, and becomes convinced that they are out to kill her. Finally, with the help of San Francisco detective Tony Carlson, she begins to turn the tables on her pursuers. It becomes clear that the nerfarious crew after her are plotting a dastardly deed indeed - to assassinate the Pope as he visits the city to see _The Mikado_. Gloria and Tony must race against time to prevent this terrible crime. Written by Rick Munoz <>

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Release Date:

14 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killing Lydia  »

Box Office


SEK 33,316,312 (Sweden)

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Weird Al Yankovic's "Your Horoscope For Today" mentions an albino dwarf for Taurus. See more »


In "The Mikado", Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, and Pitti-Sing are shown performing "Three Little Maids from School". The film then cuts to Tony and Gloria racing to the opera house. During this time Tony has time to drive several blocks, crash the cowboy's truck, survey the scene and commandeer an airport limo. When the film cuts back to the Mikado performance, only a few seconds have elapsed in the song. See more »


Tony Carlson: I play Detective. You play Lady In Distress.
Gloria Mundy: Hey, wait a minute. It's *my* ass they're after.
Tony Carlson: I'm sorry. You're right. That was a stupid, glib, chauvinist remark and I apologize. It *is* your ass they're after, and it's my job to see to it that... I get there first.
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Esme the snake is played by Shirley Python See more »


References Appointment with Danger (1951) See more »


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22 December 2002 | by (Omaha, Neb) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was nine years old. And I loved it. From the opening shot of Goldie Hawn's VW bug driving along to Barry Manilow's "Ready to Take a Chance Again" to the Pope tapping his foot to "Three Little Maids From School Are We," this movie is pure entertainment. What makes it so funny is it seems an exercise in lateral thinking. A snake that eats cigarettes? An albino hit man? Billy Barty? I love the music in this film and watching Dudley Moore sing "I feel the earth move under my feet" ... while he tries to seduce Hawn, who was the very model of wholesome cuteness in the '70s and '80s. Her pairing with Chase gave us some of the funniest shows of the era. (I also enjoy "Seems Like Old Times.") The only downside to this film - if you see it when you're an impressionable child, you'll always be wondering if someone will stab you through the theater seat. Argh!

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