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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
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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Storyline

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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Dr. Detroit  »

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Arthur Skridlow bemoans at one point "when you have a woman mayor". Jane Byrne (born May 24, 1934) was the first and (to date) only female Mayor of Chicago. She served from April 16, 1979 to April 29, 1983. Chicago is the largest city in the United States to have had a female mayor as of 2012. See more »

Goofs

Much of the audio doesn't match Diavolo's lips in the limo surround scenes. See more »

Quotes

Judge: That girl is COLORED!
Thelma Cleland: Honey, nobody 'colored' me! I was born this way!
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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 »

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References Deep Throat (1972) See more »

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Doctor Detroit soundtrack album produced by Ira Newborn and Robert K. Weiss
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Silly comedy
9 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dan Ackroyd in his prime essays the role of DOCTOR DETROIT, a comic superpimp. In his regular life, Doctor Detroit is a meek college professor right out of a Golden Era slapstick comedy like Cary Grant in "Bringing Up Baby" or Gary Cooper in "Ball of Fire" or even Danny Kaye in the remake, "A Song Is Born." Why and how the professor turns into this larger-than-life, scratchy-voiced pimp is what the movie is all about. And in the end, the Doctor must face down Mom, a notorious gangster. Problem with the movie is Ackroyd was not scheduled to play the role. If memory serves, it was John Belushi, who had died rather suddenly. So Ackroyd steps in to save the day, except he simply isn't funny as the Doctor. He is fine as the professor, however. Ackroyd's soon-to-be, real-life wife Donna Dixon is his love interest.


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