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Goodnight, My Love (1972)

A down-on-his-luck private eye and his partner, a dwarf, are drawn into a tangle of missing persons and murder in 1940s Los Angeles.


Peter Hyams


Peter Hyams




Credited cast:
Richard Boone ... Francis Hogan
Michael Dunn ... Arthur Boyle
Barbara Bain ... Susan Lakely
Victor Buono ... Julius Limeway
Gianni Russo ... Michael Tarlow
John Quade ... Edgar
Walter Burke ... Wheezer
Lou Wagner ... Sally
Lou Cutell ... Sidney
John Lawrence John Lawrence ... Reardon
Jan Daley Jan Daley ... Niteclub Singer
Luke Andreas Luke Andreas ... Nightman
Don Calfa ... Bananas
Vic Vallaro Vic Vallaro ... Courier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Baum ... Benny


Gruff gumshoe Francis Hogan is hired by a mysterious woman to find her boyfriend who has gone missing. With his perpetually hungry partner in tow, Hogan must untangle a web of intrigue involving the criminal underworld and a dead courier. One double-cross follows another as Hogan investigates the whole sordid affair. Written by Alfred Jingle

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The time: 1946. The men: Hogan and Doyle, private eyes. Their client: A luscious blonde with a figure that would knock you out and some friends who would knock you dead.


Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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Aired as an installment of ABC's "Wide World of Mystery" series on Feb. 22, 1974. See more »


Early in the film a courier rides a night bus from Los Angeles to Monterey. Although the coach arrives at dawn, a long shot of the receding bus before that is in full daylight. See more »


Francis Hogan: How do you suppose a broad like that chose us?
Arthur Boyle: Francis, didn't anyone ever tell you about a gift horse, that you should never look one in the mouth?
Francis Hogan: I wasn't looking at her mouth.
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Film Noir meets Dark Comedy
18 June 2006 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

We watch people boarding a bus, circa 1944/45/46. A man is seated in the back quietly, when a soldier sits down next to him. For what must represent at least an hour or two of traveling the soldier is just jabbering away, while the man next to him is...well trapped, hoping this clown will just move away, leave the bus, or shut up. Finally they are the last two on the bus when they reach a stop. The soldier says it's his stop, picks up his duffel bag, says good bye to the man, pulls out a gun with a silencer, and shoots him. He then pulls a large package out of the dead man's pocket, puts it into his duffel bag, and leaves the bus. And our movie of the week begins.

GOODNIGHT, MY LOVE was a valentine to the film noir of the 1940s and 1950s. Barbara Bain is the woman who goes to the private eye offices of Richard Boone. She is looking for her brother, who is missing. Soon it turns out this missing man is the "soldier" in the opening of the film. But the identity of the dead man is learned too - it is a courier carrying papers concerning the nightclub run by Vicor Buono. Boone's job is to find the missing man, but also to find out why the courier was hit. And there some people who appear not to want Boone to find any of this out.

But from the start the film is goofy. Boone's partner - one hesitates to call him his "Miles Archer" - is diminutive, but great actor Michael Dunn. Their firm is not doing so hot, which may explain Bain's hiring them. But soon Dunn's height shows it's usefulness. Somebody knocks at the firm's door, and Dunn goes to answer - and six bullets are pumped through the door's center (which would have killed a regular sized man answering, but happens to pass over a surprised Dunn's head). Unlike Bogart in MALTESE FALCON, Bain is no Mary Astor. In fact she remains consistently business-like regarding why she hired Boone (much to his dismay).

The obvious villain, of course, is Victor Buono as "Julius Limeway", a definite part in homage to the great Sidney Greenstreet. Buono is always seen at his nightclub, usually dining. He wears white tuxedos all the time. Dunn, getting fed up with Buono's sinister airs, lectures him before leaving that if he is going to wear white, he should not eat dishes with tomato sauce. Dunn and Boone leave the scene to Buono, last seen dipping his napkin into a water glass and rubbing his suit's lapel very heavily.

It was a different and welcome television movie, and one hopes it will show up again some time.

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17 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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