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Doctor Detroit (1983)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  14 November 1983 (Sweden)
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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 <>

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He's making the world safe for insanity.




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Dan Aykroyd married Donna Dixon after working with her on this project. They would also both appear later in Spies Like Us (1985) and The Couch Trip (1988). See more »


In the courtroom scene, Cliff is spinning this wild yarn about his and Thema's family in Louisiana and he uses the word 'county' when Louisiana uses parishes, not counties. See more »


Clifford Skridlow: [as Doctor Detroit] I make adjustments to the human spine!
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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 Lune de miel (1985) See more »


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Campy as heck
23 June 2000 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

This is not the type of movie you watch for the clever plot and well-defined characters. This is a cheap, bawdy comic romp to be enjoyed with the fellas at a weekend get-together or at a bachelor party. Where else can you see a nubile young Fran Drescher wearing next to nothing and James Brown urging a crowd of scantily clad dancers to "get up offa that thang" in the same movie?

Nothing wrong with a little mindless entertainment, especially since Dr. Detroit doesn't pretend to be anything else.

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