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A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 nominations.
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Gloria Mundy
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Tony Carlson
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Mr. Hennessey
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Gerda Casswell
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Archbishop Thorncrest
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Stanley Tibbets
Marilyn Sokol ...
Stella
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Fergie
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Stiltskin
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Theatre Manager
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J.J. MacKuen
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Scarface
Bruce Solomon ...
Scott
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Sandy
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Mrs. Venus
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Mrs. Russel
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House Manager
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Whitey Jackson
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Coleman
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Sally
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Elsie
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Ethel
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Mrs. Monk
Ion Teodorescu ...
Turk
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Sylvia
David Cole ...
Theatre Usher
Bill Gamble ...
Dickinson
Cyril Magnin ...
Pope Pius XIII
Michael David Lee ...
Limo Driver
Neno Russo ...
Luigi
Rollin Moriyama ...
Japanese Man
Mitsu Yashima ...
Japanese Woman
M. James Arnett ...
Truck Driver
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Cop (as Jophery Brown)
John Hatfield ...
Security Guard
Joe Bellan ...
Man in Phone Booth
Chuck Walsh ...
Newscaster
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Screaming Lady
F. Jo Mohrbach ...
Fat Lady
Garry Goodrow ...
Henpecked Husband
Enrico Di Giuseppe ...
Nanki-Pooh
Glenys Fowles ...
Yum-Yum
Kathleen Hegierski ...
Peep-Bo
Sandra Walker ...
Pitti-Sing
Thomas Jamerson ...
Pish-Tush
Richard McKee ...
Pooh-Bah
Jane Shaulis ...
Katisha
Shirley Python ...
Esme

Directed by

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Colin Higgins

Written by

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Colin Higgins ... (written by)

Produced by

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Peter V. Herald ... associate producer
Edward K. Milkis ... producer
Thomas L. Miller ... producer

Music by

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Charles Fox

Cinematography by

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David M. Walsh

Film Editing by

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Pembroke J. Herring

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

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Alfred Sweeney

Set Decoration by

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Robert R. Benton

Makeup Department

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E. Thomas Case ... makeup artist
Susan Germaine ... hair stylist (as Susan Germaine-Jeffers)

Production Management

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Peter V. Herald ... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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M. James Arnett ... second unit director
Gary D. Drigler ... assistant director
Larry Franco ... second assistant director (as Larry J. Franco)

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Sidney H. Greenwood ... property master (as Syd Greenwood)
Gene Lauritzen ... construction coordinator
Benjamin Resella ... scenic designer (uncredited)
William Ladd Skinner ... set designer (uncredited)
Robby Vandermark ... Painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Don Coufal ... boom operator
Nicholas Eliopoulos ... sound effects editor / sound effects supervisor / supervising sound editor
Jay M. Harding ... re-recording mixer
John Vincent ... sound recordist
Jeff Wexler ... sound mixer

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Rachel Clement ... restoration artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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M. James Arnett ... stunt coordinator
Craig R. Baxley ... stunt double: chevy chase / stunt performer (as Craig Baxley)
Tommy J. Huff ... stunts
Hal Needham ... stunt performer
Alan Oliney ... stunts
Glynn Rubin ... stunt performer
Frank James Sparks ... stunt double
M. James Arnett ... stunts (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley ... stunt driver (uncredited)
May Boss ... stunts (uncredited)
Jophery C. Brown ... stunts (uncredited)
Kitty O'Neil ... stunts (uncredited)
Dominic Jack Pizzo Sr. ... stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Norman Harris ... gaffer
Ron Kenyon ... best boy
Michael R. Marquette ... assistant camera / camera operator
Rexford L. Metz ... director of photography: second unit (as Rexford Metz)
Richard Moran ... key grip
Louis Niemeyer ... first assistant camera: second unit
Tony Rivetti ... first assistant camera: additional camera

Casting Department

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Toni Howard ... casting associate

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Charles Fox ... conductor
Robert Krueger ... music editor
Ruby Raksin ... orchestrator
Julius Rudel ... conductor: "The Mikado"
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Joel Marrow ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Harry Clein ... unit publicist
Marie Kenney ... script supervisor
Phill Norman ... title designer

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Plot Summary

When, unbeknownst to Gloria, a microfilm cassette is left with her by a dying agent, she becomes entangled in a complicated series of events. She's pursued by a dwarf and an albino, and becomes convinced that they are out to kill her. Finally, with the help of San Francisco detective Tony Carlson, she begins to turn the tables on her pursuers. It becomes clear that the nerfarious crew after her are plotting a dastardly deed indeed - to assassinate the Pope as he visits the city to see _The Mikado_. Gloria and Tony must race against time to prevent this terrible crime. Written by Rick Munoz

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Taglines A new comedy-thriller from Paramount for Summer '78 See more »
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Also Known As
  • Killing Lydia (United States)
  • Drôle d'embrouille (France)
  • Juego peligroso (Spain)
  • Juego sucio (Argentina)
  • Παιχνίδι για Δολοφόνους (Greece)
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  • 116 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Farrah Fawcett was in line for the role of Gloria. However, the studio opted for Goldie Hawn when Spelling-Goldberg Productions, the producers of Charlie's Angels (1976), warned all the studios that "they would be sued for damages if they employed me," Fawcett told The Associated Press in 1979. She was still under contract with Spelling-Goldberg when she left the show. See more »
Goofs During the climactic sequence in the theatre, one particular verse from "The Mikado" can be heard repeated in the background in two consecutive scenes. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Ready To Take A Chance Again See more »
Crazy Credits Esme the snake is played by Shirley Python See more »
Quotes [Ethel and Elsie are playing Scrabble. Ethel has just put down the letters "-ucker", to which Elsie has added "muther-"]
Ethel: Wait, Elsie. I think you're wrong. I think you spell that word with a hyphen.
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