6.5/10
1,059
21 user 16 critic

Gumshoe (1971)

GP | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | December 1971 (UK)
Nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley fulfills his Dashiell Hammett love by putting an ad in the paper as a private eye.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writer:

Neville Smith
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Otley (1969)
Certificate: M/PG Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Gerald Otley, a petty thief and garbage rummager, wakes up one morning, after a drunken night on the town, and finds that he is wanted by the police for murder. And that is only the ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Clement
Stars: Tom Courtenay, Romy Schneider, Alan Badel
Town on Trial (1957)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

At a local tennis club in a posh London suburb, an attractive but flirty young woman is murdered, prompting a Scotland Yard investigation.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: John Mills, Charles Coburn, Barbara Bates
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon
$ (1971)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany.

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Gert Fröbe
The Fixer (1968)
Certificate: M Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Czarist Russia, around 1911, a Russian-Jewish handyman, Yakov Bok, is wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown
Pulp (1972)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A seedy writer of sleazy pulp novels is recruited by a quirky, reclusive ex-actor to help him write his biography at his house in Malta.

Director: Mike Hodges
Stars: Michael Caine, Mickey Rooney, Lionel Stander
Baal (TV Movie 1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Baal explores the cult of the genius, an anti-heroic figure who chooses to be a social outcast and live on the fringe of bourgeois morality.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sigi Graue, Margarethe von Trotta
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Peter Carter meets official resistance when he finds his 9 year old daughter has been the victim of the pedophile patriarch of the town's most powerful family.

Director: Cyril Frankel
Stars: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer
The Wrong Box (1966)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other... or can be made to have seemed to do so!

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: John Mills, Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson
Fuzz (1972)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Police in Boston search for a mad bomber trying to extort money from the city.

Director: Richard A. Colla
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Jack Weston
Gumshoe! (2018)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Hopeless New Orleans private eye Biff Basham becomes entangled in a web of blackmail, espionage and murder in this crazy comedy.

Director: Michael Webb
Stars: Rachele Brooke Smith, Arnie Pantoja, Aaron V. Williamson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Wily roving gunslinger Sartana arrives in a small town and tries to find a hidden fortune of half a million dollars in gold and two million dollars in counterfeit money. Naturally, a bunch ... See full summary »

Director: Giuliano Carnimeo
Stars: Gianni Garko, Nieves Navarro, Massimo Serato
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Eddie Ginley
Billie Whitelaw ... Ellen
Frank Finlay ... William
Janice Rule ... Mrs. Blankerscoon
Carolyn Seymour ... Alison
Fulton Mackay ... Straker
George Innes ... Bookshop Proprietor
George Silver George Silver ... De Fries
Bill Dean ... Tommy (as Billy Dean)
Wendy Richard ... Anne Scott
Maureen Lipman ... Naomi
Neville Smith Neville Smith ... Arthur
Oscar James Oscar James ... Azinge
Joe Kenyon Joe Kenyon ... Joey (as Joey Kenyon)
Bert King Bert King ... Mal
Edit

Storyline

Ginley (Albert Finney) is a nightclub bingo caller eager for a career change. On his thirty-first birthday, he advertises himself as a private eye in the newspaper. He dons a trench coat, and begins engaging others in rapid-fire dialogue as if he were Humphrey Bogart, or some Dashiell Hammett creation. Soon after, Ginley is phoned by a fat man, who gives him a package containing a gun, a photograph, and a large sum of money. Eventually Ginley is investigating a case involving smuggling of weapons as well as drugs. Ginley also finds himself at odds with his unsupportive brother, who offers Ginley payment to break off his investigations. Eventually Ginley learns of his brother-in-law's involvement in the crimes at hand. Ginley faces a series of daunting tasks: solving the crimes, bringing justice to the smugglers (and a murderer), as well as maintaining his safety and sanity in the process. Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Ginley's a gumshoe. Ginley's got guts. Ginley's got a gun. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf leisen Sohlen See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the local newspaper was "The Liverpool Echo". See more »

Quotes

Tommy: [Eddie has gone to Botha Export Co Ltd for further investigations] We're closed!
Anne Scott: Got your coat?
Tommy: Yeah!
Anne Scott: Put it on.
Tommy: Who are you?
Anne Scott: Board of Trade.
Tommy: Well, what do you want?
Anne Scott: We have Powers Of Search.
Tommy: You don't look like the Board Of Trade to me.
Anne Scott: We're changing the image. Would you sit down please. Oh, wait. You've got something on your eye. No, don't touch it, don't touch it. Leave it to me. Relax.
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening Columbia logo does not have the Columbia name on it, just the lady with the torch. See more »

Connections

References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Crying In The Rain
Performed by The Jacksons
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Exhilarating wait for the gun to be fired
29 July 2007 | by Gideon FreudSee all my reviews

"Exhilirated" was the way my father felt, as he emerged from the new Scala cinema in Kings Cross, after watching Albert Finney in Gumshoe sometime in the 1970s. He loves the writing of Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammett. The idea of a fellow aficionado so caught up in the idea of being Philip Marlowe that he places an advertisement in the local Liverpool paper offering his services in 1972 as though he were the fictional private eye in California of the 1940s and is then caught up in a case he doesn't understand but which he sets out to follow nonetheless as though he was the legendary hero of those mean streets completely captivated him. The fast talking repartee. The refusal to compromise. And the gun. It comes in at the beginning. It is undoubtedly real - in an England where there are no guns. Will Finney who carries it everywhere with him ever get to fire it? Prepare to enjoy a pacey, brilliantly written plot which refreshingly expects the audience to have the knowledge and intelligence to keep up and be swept away. Anyone who knows my father will know that this review was really written by him!


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed