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One Shoe Makes It Murder (1982)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 6 November 1982
A down-at-the-heels private detective is hired by a crime boss to find his missing wife. However, he soon finds out that everything isn't quite as cut and dried as he has been led to believe.

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Harold Shillman
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Fay Reid
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Carl Charnock
José Pérez ...
Det. Carmona
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Smiley Copell
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Joe Hervey
Asher Brauner ...
Rudy
Bill Henderson ...
Chick
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Caroline Charnock
William G. Schilling ...
Cab driver (as Bill Schilling)
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Gloria
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Garage attendant
Peter Renaday ...
(as Pete Renaday)
Tony Matranga
Roger Rook
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A down-at-the-heels private detective is hired by a crime boss to find his missing wife. However, he soon finds out that everything isn't quite as cut and dried as he has been led to believe.

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6 November 1982 (USA)  »

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So Little Cause for Caroline  »

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Robert Mitchum and Angie Dickinson hit it off as he investigates a suicide or murder
8 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This gets only a 5.9 rating from IMDb voters. I think it's an 8/10. This is really an exceptionally well done TV-movie. I love it, and it's even better now when it can be seen in its widescreen version.

The story is strong. It's a mystery at several levels. Who killed Mel Ferrer's wife? Why? What was her background? Who has skimmed money from Ferrer's casino operation? Who informed the gaming commission? Is Mitchum being set up as a patsy? Will Mitchum and Angie Dickinson pair up? Will Dickinson leave off being a hooker? Will Mitchum overcome his alcoholism?

Robert Mitchum at this point in his career seems to have the world-weary private eye routine down so pat that you might think that it's boring or that it comes easily to him. Maybe it did and maybe it didn't, but it's never boring and it's always interesting to hear him narrate the Chandler-esque lines, even pale ones, but the writing is really quite sharp. Actually, Mitchum looks as if he did something to look hung over, especially earlier in the film. His face looks like he has weathered the many storms his character has been through, including an attempted suicide.

Angie Dickinson can act, and she shows it here. She's in total control of her character, often with a shift in her expression and eyes. She does it beautifully. Mitchum's relationship with Dickinson is integrated perfectly into the story. The two work together extremely well.

Amid these big guns, we have José Pérez as Inspector Carmona, a Cuban expatriate whose nettling of Mitchum will stay with you for years. The supporting roles are well filled out, including Mel Ferrer's soft-spoken casino owner and his chief loyal assistant, John Harkins. Dickinson's first husband and pimp, Howard Hesseman, is suitably slippery and unlikeable.

This movie is not listed by John Grant as a noir, but I think it makes the cut.


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