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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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21 May 1982 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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  (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 ... 'Handsome' (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)
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)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (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)
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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Second of four films that actor Steve Martin has made with director Carl Reiner. The other movies are The Jerk (1979), All of Me (1984) and The Man with Two Brains (1983).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the scene with the pigeons after Juliet leaves, Rigby says "after a half bottle of bourbon..." and Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey is pictured. Jack Daniel's is not bourbon - it never has been and never will be.See more »
Rigby Reardon:I'm working on an important case. It's dangerous, and you'll probably be killed. But if you love me, you'll do it.
Jimmie Sue:Yes, I do love you.
Rigby Reardon:And I love you. And I mean that more than anything I've ever said in my life.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)See more »
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66 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
As strong as a cup of my famous java..., 16 September 2003
Author: David ( 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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