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The Man with Bogart's Face (1980)

A man with a fixation on Humphrey Bogart gets plastic surgery to make him look exactly like Bogart. Then he changes his name to Sam Marlowe (after Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe, two of ... See full summary »

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Robert Sacchi ...
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Hakim
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Duchess
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Mr. Zebra
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Cynthia
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Lt. Bumbera (as Dick Bakalyan)
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Sgt. Hacksaw
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Wolf / Zinderneuf
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Petey Cane
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Teresa Anastas
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Himself
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Mr. Chevalier
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A man with a fixation on Humphrey Bogart gets plastic surgery to make him look exactly like Bogart. Then he changes his name to Sam Marlowe (after Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe, two of Bogart's most famous characters), hires a ditzy blonde secretary, and opens up a detective agency. His first case is one that would do Bogie proud... Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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The face may be familiar. The mystery is brand new. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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PG | See all certifications »
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28 May 1980 (France)  »

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Sam Marlow, Private Eye  »

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The character of Mr. Zebra, played by Herbert Lom in this movie, is meant to resemble Peter Lorre. Lorre starred in five Humphrey Bogart movies. They were: The Maltese Falcon (1941); All Through the Night (1942); Casablanca (1942); Passage to Marseille (1944) and Beat the Devil (1953). See more »

Goofs

(Around 88 minutes) Marlow is talking about pin-up girls but he refers to one as Rita Haywood instead of Rita Hayworth. See more »

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Elsa: Does anyone ever tell you you look like - ?
Sam Marlow: [interrupting her] A detective? Yeah.
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References Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) See more »

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The Man with Bogart's Face
Music by George Duning
Lyrics by Andrew J. Fenady
Sung by Armando Compean (as Armando Compeán) during the opening credits
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Charming, affectionate send-up of the hard-boiled genre.
17 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

This amusing, sometimes poignant look at the Hollywood detective genre of the 1940's and 1950's stars Robert Sacci as an unnamed former cop who retires, uses his life savings to pay for plastic surgery to transform his image into that of his idol, Humphrey Bogart, then sets up shop as a private eye under the name "Sam Marlowe". Robert Sacchi, incidentally, is one of the rare few Bogart impersonators who got the lisp exactly right; more to the point, the body and facial language are there. For awhile, "Sam"'s only client is his landlady, who wants him to find her undersized boyfriend, and his only conversational foil is his secretary, simply called "Dutchess" (Misty Rowe), who in his own words, "looked like Marilyn Monroe and made about as much sense as Gracie Allen", and has a passion for banana splits. Then he encounters Elsa (Olivia Hussey), the plain, sweet, virginal daughter of a retired props-master who has been murdered for no discernible reason. In the process of investigating the murder, Sam shortly runs across: the Gene Tierney lookalike daughter (Michelle Phillips) of Anastas, an avaricious, obscenely wealthy Greek shipping tycoon (Victor Buono, turning in a creditable Sidney Greenstreet), his hapless, long-suffering second wife (Yvonne deCarlo, who manages to play a variety of put-upon emotions without saying a word), his two smarmy henchmen (Herbert Lom, channelling Peter Lorre, and Jay Robinson, doing a reasonably accurate Lionel Atwill), and Anastas' vicious, amoral Middle-Eastern potentate (Franco Nero) who comes complete with a glamorus and bafflingly loyal mistress (Sybil Danning), all of whom would give anything to acquire the "Eyes of Alexander", two huge, perfectly matched star sapphires. When Elsa is murdered, Marlowe's interest in solving the case becomes personal, and he sets out through a labyrinth of Los Angeles landmarks, including the Hollywood Bowl, the scatological and esoteric attractions of Hollywood Boulevard, and Santa Catalina Island in pursuit of the rocks, determined to get at them before either of the two wealthy competitors. Throw in cameos by Mike Mazurki and assorted others, the traditional dumb-but-sympathetic ally on the police force, and a plethora of nicely drawn character turns that provide dimension to practically all players, and despite an unfortunate title song, you have, to my mind, a thoroughly enjoyable movie experience.


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