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Peeper (1975)

In 1947, a smart-mouthed Brit working in L.A. as a private eye (or peeper) is on a case to find the long lost daughter of a shady client pursued by two dangerous goons. The case leads him to a rich oddball Beverly Hills family.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Keith Laumer (novel), W.D. Richter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Leslie C. Tucker
Natalie Wood ... Ellen Prendergast
Kitty Winn ... Mianne Prendergast
Michael Constantine ... Anglich
Thayer David ... Frank Prendergast
Timothy Carey ... Sid (as Timothy Agoglia Carey)
Liam Dunn ... Billy Pate
Don Calfa ... Rosie
Margo Winkler ... Woman with Luggage
Harvey J. Goldenberg ... Mailman
Dorothy Adams ... Mrs. Prendergast
Buffy Dee ... Bazooka Himself
Gary Combs ... Torpedo
Robert Ito ... Butler
Snag Werris Snag Werris ... Comic
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Storyline

In 1947, a smart-mouthed Brit working in L.A. as a private eye (or peeper) is on a case to find the long lost daughter of a shady client pursued by two dangerous goons. The case leads him to a rich oddball Beverly Hills family.

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Back in '47, a gun was a roscoe, a private-eye was a Peeper, and murder was okay as long as nobody got hurt. In fact, anything was okay with this Peeper on the case because he wouldn't know who-done-it even if he done it himself.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Don Calfa has said that co-star Timothy Carey got himself fired from the movie, and a double had to be used for certain long shots. See more »

Goofs

The road stripes during the car chase are wrong for the period. The road has a double yellow centerline and yellow road reflectors. Yellow centerlines were not adopted in the USA until 1971. The bridge railings are also too modern for the period. See more »

Quotes

Mianne Prendergast: [after spotting Natalie Wood wandering around her estate in a slinky silk robe and Joan Crawford high heel] If you wander inside, she'll probably rape you!
Leslie C. Tucker: There's no rush...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are spoken by a Humphrey Bogart impersonator. See more »

Connections

Featured in Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me the Simple Life
(uncredited)
Music by Rube Bloom
Played on the piano at the Penguin Lounge
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Tired Film Noir Spoof
16 March 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Michael Caine is a PI in Los Angeles just after the War. Michael Constantine comes to him and asks him to find his daughter. He had put her in an orphanage in 1918. When he had come back three years later, she had been adopted by a man in a photo. Now he wants Caine to track him down in a plot which mimis and spoofs every nourish movie Humphrey Bogart was in. Along the way he encounters Natalie Wood, who may be the object of his job.

To make the point, the credits are spoken at the beginning by impressionist Guy Marks. It's based on a story by Keith Laumer, a science fiction writer whose works tended to be.... pretty much all the same in his series, and adapted by W.D. Richter, who would write and direct the Doc Savage pastiche THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI the following decade. Director Peter Hyams keeps the dialogue moving as fast as he can, but the mannered snappy prose is most of what makes this a spoof...and sounding like the audience has heard it all before.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fat Chance See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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