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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 »
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Along with "The Jerk," one of Steve Martin's top two finest films See more (103 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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Rolodex card file wasn't marketed until 1958, yet appears on a desk in scene set in Forties.See more »
Quotes:
Rigby Reardon:The paper said you were hit in the head by a flying wrench in the machine shop. Friends of Carlotta are after you because you know too much.
Captain Jarrett:I see what you mean.
Rigby Reardon:So the flying wrench was no accident.
Captain Jarrett:For a minute I thought it was.
Rigby Reardon:Something like that may happen again, so...
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs Double Indemnity (1944)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dead Men's BoleroSee more »

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51 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Along with "The Jerk," one of Steve Martin's top two finest films, 19 July 2005
Author: garytheroux

I remember reading reviews in The New York Times and elsewhere in 1983 fawning over Woody Allen's brilliant and wholly original idea of inserting himself into old film footage in "Zelig." They'd not noted, of course, that everyone from Ernie Kovacs to John Zacherle had already done that "brilliant and wholly original idea" on television -- and, most notably, Steve Martin did it in a feature film, "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," one year prior to "Zelig." While "Zelig" has its moments, it is ultimately tedious, running about twice as long as it's one-note gag treatment can sustain. In sharp contrast is the far more clever, inspired, fully developed, insightful and witty DMDWP, which, as noted. came out one year earlier. As often happens with groundbreakers set somewhere outside the norm, DMDWP was not exactly a box office hit -- a key reason why no sequels were ever made. That's unfortunate, as Martin's character was one of his finest creations and could have sustained more installments in the series. (Steve was never better on film than he is here.) It's good that the people behind "Police Squad" did not give up on it after it failed to fit within the confines of standard TV concepts around the same time. Reborn as "The Naked Gun" series of feature films, the "Police Squad" concept turned into three of the greatest comedy motion pictures of all time. DMDWP deserved a lot better than it got in 1982 as well, and I'm glad to see that it has finally found respect and its audience through television exposure (much like a previous box office bomb, "It's A Wonderful Life"). The kind of creativity Martin, Carl Reiner and the rest of the DMDWP crew put into their project needs to be strongly encouraged -- as it represents excellent comic film-making, as opposed to the witless parade of routine crudities that Hollywood ordinarily churns out.

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