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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid -- As the private eyes of private eyes, Steve Martin is Rigby Reardon. He's tough, rough and ready to take on anything when Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and cheesemaker, haS died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead him to the "Carlotta Lists".
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Director:
Writers:
Carl Reiner (written by) &
George Gipe (written by) ...
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Release Date:
21 May 1982 (USA) See more »
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Laugh... or I'll blow your lips off!
Plot:
Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Fun For Film Noir Buffs; Otherwise Convoluting See more (102 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve Martin ... Rigby Reardon

Rachel Ward ... Juliet Forrest

Alan Ladd ... The Exterminator (archive footage)

Carl Reiner ... Field Marshall VonKluck

Barbara Stanwyck ... Leona Hastings-Forrest (archive footage)

Ray Milland ... Sam Hastings (in 'Lost Weekend') (archive footage)

Ava Gardner ... Kitty Collins (archive footage)

Burt Lancaster ... Swede Anderson (archive footage)

Humphrey Bogart ... Phillip Marlowe (archive footage)

Cary Grant ... (in "Suspicion") (archive footage)

Ingrid Bergman ... F.X. Huberman (archive footage)

Veronica Lake ... Monica Stillpond (archive footage)

Bette Davis ... Doris Davermont (archive footage)

Lana Turner ... Jimmi-Sue Altfeld (archive footage)

Edward Arnold ... Altfeld (archive footage)

Kirk Douglas ... Thug Boss (archive footage)

Fred MacMurray ... Walter Neff (archive footage)

James Cagney ... Captain Cody Jarrett (archive footage)

Joan Crawford ... Margaret (archive footage)

Reni Santoni ... Carlos Rodriguez

Charles Laughton ... The Fat One Who Sweats a Lot (archive footage)

Vincent Price ... Rice (archive footage)

George Gaynes ... Dr. Forrest

Francis X. McCarthy ... Waiter (as Frank McCarthy)
Adrian Ricard ... Mildred

Charlie Picerni ... Hood (as Charles Picerni)
Gene LeBell ... Hood (as Gene Labell)
George Sawaya ... Hood
Britt Nilsson ... Puppy Secretary
Jean Beaudine ... Duty Secretary
John Easton Stuart ... German Henchman (as John 'Easton' Stuart)
Ronald Spivey ... German Henchman
Bob Hevelone ... German Henchman
Dieter Curt ... German Henchman
Phillip Kearns ... German Henchman (as Phil Kearns)
Kent Deigaard ... German Henchman
Eugene Brezany ... German Henchman
Brad Baird ... German Henchman

William Conrad ... (in "The Killers") (archive footage)

Charles McGraw ... in The Killers (archive footage)

Jeff Corey ... (in "The Killers") (archive footage)
John Miljan ... (in "The Killers") (archive footage)

Brian Donlevy ... (in "The Glass Key") (archive footage)

Norma Varden ... (in "The Glass Key") (archive footage)

Edmond O'Brien ... (in "White Heat") (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wally Brown ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cheryl Smith ... Veronica Lake (uncredited)

Directed by
Carl Reiner 
 
Writing credits
Carl Reiner (written by) &
George Gipe (written by) &
Steve Martin (written by)

Produced by
William E. McEuen .... producer
Richard McWhorter .... associate producer (as Richard F. McWhorter)
David V. Picker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bud Molin 
 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
 
Production Design by
John DeCuir 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard  (as Richard Goddard)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist (as Kathy Blondell)
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist (as Tom Case)
Ric Sagliani .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Richard McWhorter .... unit production manager (as Richard F. McWhorter)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... first assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Mitchell Bock .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
William Belt .... assistant property master (as Bill Belt)
Christopher Gilman .... props
Sam Moore .... property master
Donald L. Nobles .... construction coordinator (as Don Nobles)
Paul Small .... assistant property master
Sig Tingloff .... set designer
Jack Torpin .... construction foreman
Robert Wittenberg .... paint foreman (as Bob Wittenberg)
 
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound mixer
Gene Ashbrook .... boom operator
Brydon Baker III .... cable person (as Beau Baker)
James J. Klinger .... supervising sound editor
Jas. Klinger .... assistant sound editor
Skip Macdonald .... assistant sound editor
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Glen Robinson .... special effects
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects (uncredited)
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process coordinator
James F. Liles .... plates (as Jim Liles)
Thomas Baker .... main title graphics (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric D. Andersen .... camera operator (as Eric Anderson)
George Dunagan .... best boy
Michael Genne .... first assistant camera
Dan Greer .... second assistant camera
Cary Griffith .... key grip (as Carey Griffith)
John McCoy .... vtr operator
Don Stott .... gaffer
Stephen Vaughan .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Archer .... costumer: men
Michele Dittrick .... costumer: women
Dennis Schoonderwoerd .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter (as Donah J. Bassett)
John Haggar .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Lee Holdridge .... conductor: orchestra
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Craig Pinkard .... transportation coordinator
'Bud' Williams .... driver captain (as Bud Williams)
 
Other crew
Amy Alexander .... researcher
Jo Compton .... production coordinator
Dan Curry .... titles
Betty Glickman .... assistant: Mr. Picker (as Betty Glickman Serafin)
Cathy Jung .... assistant: Mr. Martin
Timothy McWhorter .... production assistant
Judy Nagi .... assistant: Mr. Reiner (as Judi Nagy)
Ramon Pahoyo .... craft service
Lucas Reiner .... film trainee
Mark Steen .... production assistant
Bernice Sutton .... first aid
Bridget Terry .... publicist
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor
Bernard A. Widin .... production accountant (as Bernie Widin)
Devron Conrad .... stand-in: Steve Martin (uncredited)
Michael Neale .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Edith Head .... this motion picture is affectionately dedicated to
Jim Henry .... the producers wish to thank
Jill Jaress .... the producers wish to thank
Matthew Laurance .... the producers wish to thank
 

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The Universal Pictures logo seen at the start of this film, naturally, was not the current color one that was in use at the time of the early 1980s, but one of the old black-and-white Universal logos, from the period of the 1940s.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Rigby is sitting in a chair with a drink while talking with Huberman (Ingrid Bergman)the film was reversed during editing resulting in Rigby appearing as a mirror image. Specifically, holding the glass in his right hand with his breast pocket and pocket square appearing on the right hand side of his suit, instead of the correct, left side. Between cuts, the image reverts to normal.See more »
Quotes:
Captain Carlos Rodriguez:Are you wearing pajamas? Senor, I'll help you take them off.
Rigby Reardon:I don't need help with my pajamas!
Captain Carlos Rodriguez:Stop! Now.
Rigby Reardon:See? Carlos!
Captain Carlos Rodriguez:Don't worry about your pajamas, senor. I'll take care of them.
Captain Carlos Rodriguez:Out of the way! We're chasing a killer! Everybody, stand back! He's with me. Coming through!
Captain Carlos Rodriguez:[mumbling with pajamas in his mouth] Coming through. Coming through.
Captain Carlos Rodriguez:Senor. Cuidado, senor. Cuidado.
Rigby Reardon:Stand back! Cuidado.
Captain Carlos Rodriguez:Senor, your pajamas!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.9" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
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20 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Fun For Film Noir Buffs; Otherwise Convoluting, 12 June 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This was a modern-day version of a 1940s narrative gangster film, also known as film noir, but with a different twist. Steve Martin, Rachel Ward and a few others actors are seen talking to many classic stars of the past as director Carl Reiner used clips of those films to fake conversations with the up-to-date real actors of this film . They made it appear that Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck, Humphrey Bogart et al were actually talking to Martin.

Obviously, the more acquainted you are with those film noirs, the more fun this movie will be as you try to recognize what movie those clips came from. (The answers are shown in the ending credits.) That's the fun part of this movie.

The not-so-fun part is simply trying to figure how what is happening in the first place. The plot is not always easy to discern, and it's doubly difficult because of the constant "interruptions" with the classic film scene inserted in the story. You get so captivated watching those old stars that you lose track of the storyline.

That's a big reason I don't think this film ever caught on that much - the story is too convoluted, just too hard to follow.

Ward was great to watch and Martin was annoying after awhile. If Ward doesn't look like the embodiment of a 1940s film goddess, I don't know who does. That, and the razor sharp black-and-white picture with the real actors, is nice to see. But, Martin, who dominates the film, overdoes the stupid comments. I would like to have seen this film played a little straighter, like a real noir. It's a clever film but sometimes too clever for its own good.

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