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Doctor Detroit (1983)

R | | Comedy | 6 May 1983 (USA)
A timid college professor, conned into posing as a flamboyant pimp, finds himself enjoying his new occupation on the streets.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clifford Skridlow / Doctor Detroit
Smooth Walker
Monica McNeil
Lydia Lei ...
Jasmine Wu
Diavolo Washington
Thelma Cleland
Karen Blittstein
John A. Maloney ...
Pershing P. Anderson ...
William Munchow ...
Professor Artel
Ed Meekin ...
Professor Durant (as Edward Meekin)
Rudolph Kovar ...
Carson (as Rudolf Kovar)
Kate Murtagh ...
Peter Elbling ...


Clifford Skridlow teaches at a small Chicago college run by his father. Conned into managing four prostitutes by their pimp, who skips town to escape the mob boss known as Mom, Clifford draws on his course in medieval literature in his quest to save the women from Mom. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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He's making the world safe for insanity.




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6 May 1983 (USA)  »

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Dr. Detroit  »

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Second consecutive movie where actor Dan Aykroyd had sported blonde hair which he had in his previous movie Neighbors (1981). See more »


Smooth books a one-way flight to the Cook Islands, then local service to Roratonga. In fact the Cook Islands international airport is *on* Roratonga. See more »


Diavolo Washington: [as Sidney Poitier] They'll call me *Mister* Diavolo!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, we see "Coming soon: Doctor Detroit II, the Wrath of Mom." See more »


Spoofs Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »


Doctor Detroit soundtrack album produced by Ira Newborn and Robert K. Weiss
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A Silly Comedic Gem
1 May 2003 | by (San Antonio, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

"Doctor Detroit" ranks in my top five comedy films ever. Though I was not old enough to see it when originally released, it has since become a diehard favorite of mine and my friends. It is not so much an "intelligent" comedy, as seems to the trend recently. But it is definitely good old '80s fun.

The story is inventive, and the characters well-thought-out and well-played. Dan Aykroyd is perfect as the geeky college professor turned hero. T.K. Carter brings laughs as Diavolo, the well-connected limo driver. And Kate Murtagh is hilarious in her role as "Mom", the shady owner of a limo service.

This really just a fun, silly movie which will give you a 90-minute shot of escapism. It is worth seeing if for no other reason than the costume that Aykroyd dons as he becomes "Dr. Detroit." I find it a shame that the movie has yet to see a DVD release -- I have to make do with my 20 year old Laserdisc copy. But if you can find this at your local video store, RENT IT! You won't be sorry.

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