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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)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Detroit  »

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Fran Drescher has said in her autobiography "Enter Whining" that the movie was expected to be a box-office hit, but it wasn't, by the time the film finished its run it had only made US $ 10.8 million from its budget outlay of US $ 8 million. See more »


Doctor Detroit's upraised arm/hand do not exactly match the cut-out left as the tow truck smashes through the fence. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) See more »


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A prototypical '80s comedy
16 April 2002 | by (San Antonio, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

This may be my very favorite comedy of the 1980s. Dan Aykroyd plays a hilarious dual role as the mild-mannered Clifford Skridlow and the off-the-wall Dr. Detroit. Howard Hesseman is perfect as a pimp who can't take the heat and puts the blame on Aykroyd to take care of things. It may not be the best written of the '80s comedies, but the unforgettable characters and situations make this a movie that you'll want to watch over and over again. Please release this on DVD! I can't stand my laserdisc copy anymore!

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