A timid college professor, conned into posing as a flamboyant pimp, finds himself enjoying his new occupation on the streets.

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Clifford Skridlow / Doctor Detroit
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Smooth Walker
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Monica McNeil
Lydia Lei ...
Jasmine Wu
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Diavolo Washington
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Thelma Cleland
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Karen Blittstein
John A. Maloney ...
Commodore
Pershing P. Anderson ...
Stretch
William Munchow ...
Professor Artel
Ed Meekin ...
Professor Durant (as Edward Meekin)
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Johnny
Rudolph Kovar ...
Carson (as Rudolf Kovar)
Kate Murtagh ...
Mom
Peter Elbling ...
Guptor
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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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Skridlow's poetic recitation at the trunk of his car is mostly an excerpt from William Shakespeare's "The Life of King Henry The Fifth" (Act IV, Chorus). However, he misquotes the first phrase, saying "From inside the jouster's tents . . .", which is not from any of Shakespeare's writings. See more »

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Doctor Detroits hands are in a different position between shots. When he initially jumps aboard the tow truck, he uses the side-view mirror as a handle. In the next cut, he is shown holding on to the window frame. See more »

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Carson: Mom! It's all over the street!
Mom: What?
Johnny: Doctor Detroit's movin' in! They say we're movin' out!
Mom: Oh, the Hell you say. I haven't even met the Doctor.
[takes shot of liquor]
Mom: But when I do,
[crushes shot glass in bare hand]
Mom: he's dog meat!
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At the end of the credits, we see "Coming soon: Doctor Detroit II, the Wrath of Mom." See more »

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Soundtracks

Theme From Doctor Detroit
Written by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale (as G. V. Casale)
Performed by Devo
Devo produced by Devo
Devo appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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Doctor Detroit
8 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie on VHS while I worked at a video rental store in the 80's. I thought it was a funny campy movie but Hey! I like these kind of movies now and then. I always like Dan Akroyd movies so it didn't matter if this was not up to snuff with the likes of Ghostbusters or Blues Brothers. It was hard to believe he made that film then. I recently acquired this movie on laserdisc just about a week ago. I had not seen the movie since the 80's. I since taped over my VHS dub many years ago. It was great to sit down and have a few laughs and once again see the 'Doctor' in action. The picture is clean with only a few spots and scratches. The sound is only analog and not digital but delivers very surprising and powerful for an older movie. It's a fun film never the less. Yeah! it was no box office smash or a great comedy or action film, but there's just something about these lesser movies that brings you back to a better time. Dan does a great job even with the film's downfalls. Hey he got a great wife out of the deal marrying Donna Dixon from the film! It falls in the category with the likes of 'Howard the Duck'. Both were box office failures but there are still those devoted fans out there still searching for these 'gems' everyday. So for me the 'Doctor' is always 'in' my movie collection.


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