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Writers:
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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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Film noir was never this funny! 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)
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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 (as Skip Macdonald)
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:
Of the almost twenty old movies that were used as footage and edited into this picture, all were from the 1940s except for one, from the 1950s, that film being In a Lonely Place (1950), which had debuted pretty close to the 1940s in May 1950.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: At one point Reardon references the Kinsey Report; the first volume was published in 1948, but the movie is set in 1946.See more »
Quotes:
Charles Laughton:We know who you are, Mr. Rigby.
Rigby Reardon:I'm interested. Who am I?
Charles Laughton:You could be a guy who collects 10,000 dollars, just to leave this stinking town.
Rigby Reardon:I could, could I?
Charles Laughton:You know who I could be?
Rigby Reardon:The Hunchback of Notre-Dame?
Charles Laughton:I can be the guy who hands you them 10,000 dollars. 10,000 dollars, me to you, just like that.
Rigby Reardon:Sorry, but my price for leaving stinking towns is 11,500 and a kiss on the lips from Carmen Miranda. Pass it on to Them.
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Movie Connections:
Edited from Keeper of the Flame (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dead Men's BoleroSee more »

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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Film noir was never this funny!, 22 October 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Carl Reiner, the multi-talented director of this film, is the only one that could have pulled it off. Working with George Gipe, and Steve Martin in the screen play that serves as the basis of the movie, Mr. Reiner has done the impossible with "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid".

Of course, this film is blessed with the magnificent editing by Bud Malin, who meshed the present images against those film noir masterpieces we see, blending the characters of this movie with the stars of the past, in what seems to be a seamless product. It also helps that Miklos Rozsa was the man composing the music, as everything shows a cohesiveness that is hard to distinguished in what was shot in 1982 and the old movies.

This spoof to the film noir genre is a pure delight. The main character, Rigby Reardon is the P.I. from hell, but thanks to the creators of this movie, he is perfect as the man at the center of the action.

Not being a Steve Martin fan, one has to recognize that when this actor is inspired, he can do excellent work. It would appear that with a director like Carl Reiner, he would have gone off the top, but instead, Mr. Martin gives a good reading of Rigby. Rachel Ward, as the typical woman of those films, is charming. Reni Santoni, Georege Gaynes and the rest of the supporting cast do wonders under Carl Reiner's orders.

The film brought back memories of those timeless masterpieces of the past and the stars that shone in them. We get to see Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Ingrid Bergman, Vincent Price, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred McMurray, Edward G. Robinson, and the others at the height of their fame playing against the present cast and making the viewer happy watching all the antics which Mr. Reiner and his team have created for our amusement.

This is a funny look at the old movies!

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