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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:
As strong as a cup of my famous java... 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 (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
 
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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88 min
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Trivia:
Debut screenplay and the first of only two ever produced scripts that were co-written by screenwriter George Gipe who co-wrote this film along with director Carl Reiner and actor Steve Martin. This same writing team then re-united very soon after for Reiner and Martins' next movie, The Man with Two Brains (1983).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The newspaper in the opening scene has a large headline saying "Dodgers Lose Again." But that wouldn't have been a big deal for a Los Angeles paper in the 1940s -- the Dodgers didn't move there from Brooklyn until 1958.See more »
Quotes:
Rigby Reardon:[voice-over] Was she real? There was only one way to find out. But I remembered Marlowe's words.
Rigby Reardon:[a picture frame on the wall reads "Don't Fall in Love with a Client. Marlowe"] What the hell does Marlowe know?
Rigby Reardon:[voice-over] She was real, all right.
Juliet Forrest:What are you doing?
Rigby Reardon:Adjusting your breasts. You fainted and they... shifted all outta whack. There.
Juliet Forrest:Thank you.
Rigby Reardon:You're welcome.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.9" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dead Men's BoleroSee more »

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63 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
As strong as a cup of my famous java..., 16 September 2003
Author: David (davidals@msn.com) from Chapel Hill, NC, USA

I first saw this in the theater with my dad, at the age of 13, when it was first released - he was a huge fan of classic movies and usually suffered through the stuff he took me to. Not this one - we were both in hysterics, and I'd have to say I owe my huge love of classic Hollywood (and global) cinema to this film. CITIZEN KANE it may not be but no matter - I dug the humor and the atmosphere at the time, and even then was aware of how much work this must have been.

I still watch this one on occasion, and it is the rare comedy that has held up very well with the passage of time - critics at the time seemed to write it off as a stunt, but I've noted that at least a little reevaluation of DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID has occurred over the years. The performances - as both a spoof and a love-letter to film noir - are top notch, with Steve Martin at his best here. The dialog gets deep into Raymond Chandler/Dashiell Hammett hard-boiled private-eye stylishness, serving up gumshoe-with-dame clichés just juiced up enough to give Steve something to run with, while still offering an a solid story. The finale is magnificent, Martin and Carl Reiner jousting their way through an avalanche of every two-bit dime-store whodunnit game-over cliché to ever grace the big screen, cheap alibis falling like drunken angels across the naked city as the big heat descends... Or - ahem -something like that...

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