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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).
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The end of the movie promises "Doctor Detroit II, the Wrath of Mom" which was in the works. In fact, Dan Aykroyd was writing the script. But when this movie became a box office dud the studio pulled the plug.
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First movie that actor Dan Aykroyd made after his comedic buddy John Belushi had passed away.
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The first picture in which Dan Aykroyd got top billing.
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One of a few pictures in the short-lived 1980s Hollywood cycle of cleancut-guy-becomes-pimp movies. The others include Night Shift (1982), Risky Business (1983) and Doctor Detroit (1983).
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Mom's two main henchmen in the movie are named Johnny and Carson as in Johnny Carson.
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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.
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The Illinois license plate on Dan Aykroyd's car is BDR-529; this is the same plate that was on the Bluesmobile in The Blues Brothers (1980).
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Film debut of Lynn Whitfield.
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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.
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Although listed by character name in the credits as Miss Debbylike and shown rather prominently in the classroom scene (seated behind Peter Aykroyd, directly in the shot), Glenne Headly has no speaking part in the movie.
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Second consecutive movie where actor Dan Aykroyd had sported blonde hair which he had in his previous movie Neighbors (1981).
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James Brown and Dan Aykroyd previously worked together on The Blues Brothers (1980). Doctor Detroit (1983) was the second of three collaborations, Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) being the other.
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Pulp bawdy novelist Harold Robbins was thanked in the closing credits.
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James Brown is called by his actual name during the film but in the closing credits is only billed as Bandleader.
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Playing Mr. Frankman was Peter Aykroyd who is the younger brother of Dan Aykroyd. Peter also appeared in bit parts in other films of his brother Dan such as Dragnet (1987) and Coneheads (1993).
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Things that Doctor Detroit was an expert in included systems analysis, comparative literature, chivalry and honor, rock climbing, power walking and Indian cuisine.
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The name of Howard Hesseman's pimp character was "Smooth Walker". The amount of money that Walker owed to mob boss Mom was $80,000.
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The mob boss character played by Kate Murtagh is only ever known as 'Mom'.
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The director and movie star that Diavolo Washington (T.K. Carter) impersonated was Sidney Poitier.
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T.K Carter has starred in movies with Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase who are friends in real life, Carter starred with Chevy Chaee in (seems like old times 1980) and (Dr Detroit 1983) coincidentally in both movies Carter plays a chauffeur and butler.
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The academic discipline that Clifford Skridlow was a professor of was comparative literature. The name of the university he taught at was Monroe College. The distance he power walked to work every day was six miles.
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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.
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The slogan at "Skippy's Auto Graveyard" read "You smash 'em, we stash 'em".
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The components of the Doctor Detroit character's look were distinguishable by having a bushy wig, yellow coat, red shirt, green pants, golden bling and a metal hand.
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The film's DVD sleeve notes says that this movie is "a role reversal comedy".
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Informally known as the movie that Dan Aykroyd starred in without John Belushi.
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Dan Aykroyd plays two roles in this film: assistant professor Clifford Skridlow and his alter-ego, big-time pimp Doctor Detroit.
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James Brown:  As a Bandleader.
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