Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid ()

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Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut.


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Rigby Reardon
Juliet Forrest
The Exterminator (archiveFootage)
Field Marshall VonKluck
Leona Hastings-Forrest (archiveFootage)
Sam Hastings (in 'Lost Weekend') (archiveFootage)
Kitty Collins (archiveFootage)
Swede Anderson (archiveFootage)
Phillip Marlowe (archiveFootage)
'Handsome' (in 'Suspicion') (archiveFootage)
F.X. Huberman (archiveFootage)
Monica Stillpond (archiveFootage)
Doris Davermont (archiveFootage)
Jimmi-Sue Altfeld (archiveFootage)
Altfeld (archiveFootage)
Thug Boss (archiveFootage)
Walter Neff (archiveFootage)
Captain Cody Jarrett (archiveFootage)
Margaret (archiveFootage)
Carlos Rodriguez
The Fat One Who Sweats a Lot (archiveFootage)
Rice (archiveFootage)
Dr. Forrest
Waiter (as Frank McCarthy)
Adrian Ricard ...
Hood (as Charles Picerni)
Gene LeBell ...
Hood (as Gene Labell)
George Sawaya ...
Britt Nilsson ...
Puppy Secretary
Jean Beaudine ...
Duty Secretary
John Easton Stuart ...
German Henchman (as John 'Easton' Stuart)
Ronald Spivey ...
German Henchman
Bob Hevelone ...
German Henchman
Dieter Curt ...
German Henchman
Phillip Kearns ...
German Henchman (as Phil Kearns)
Kent Deigaard ...
German Henchman
German Henchman
Brad Baird ...
German Henchman
(in "The Killers") (archiveFootage)
in The Killers (archiveFootage)
(in "The Killers") (archiveFootage)
(in "The Killers") (archiveFootage)
(in "The Glass Key") (archiveFootage)
(in "The Glass Key") (archiveFootage)
(in "White Heat") (archiveFootage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
(uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Veronica Lake (uncredited)

Directed by

Carl Reiner

Written by

Carl Reiner ... (written by) &
George Gipe ... (written by) &
Steve Martin ... (written by)

Produced by

William E. McEuen ... producer
Richard McWhorter ... associate producer (as Richard F. McWhorter)
David V. Picker ... producer

Music by

Miklós Rózsa ... (as Miklos Rozsa)

Cinematography by

Michael Chapman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Bud Molin

Editorial Department

Donah Bassett ... negative cutter (as Donah J. Bassett)
John Haggar ... assistant film editor

Casting By

Penny Perry

Production Design by

John DeCuir

Set Decoration by

Richard C. Goddard ... (as Richard Goddard)

Costume Design by

Edith Head

Makeup Department

Kathryn Blondell ... hair stylist (as Kathy Blondell)
E. Thomas Case ... makeup artist (as Tom Case)
Ric Sagliani ... makeup artist

Production Management

Richard McWhorter ... unit production manager (as Richard F. McWhorter)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Newt Arnold ... first assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Mitchell Bock ... second assistant director

Art Department

William Belt ... assistant property master (as Bill Belt)
Christopher Gilman ... props
Sam Moore ... property master
Donald L. Nobles ... construction coordinator (as Don Nobles)
Paul Small ... assistant property master
Sig Tingloff ... set designer
Jack Torpin ... construction foreman
Robert Wittenberg ... paint foreman (as Bob Wittenberg)

Sound Department

Bud Alper ... sound mixer
Gene Ashbrook ... boom operator
Beau Baker ... cable person
James J. Klinger ... supervising sound editor
Jas. Klinger ... assistant sound editor
Skip Macdonald ... assistant sound editor
Steve Maslow ... re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell ... re-recording mixer
Bill Varney ... re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

Glen Robinson ... special effects
Wayne Beauchamp ... special effects (uncredited)
Bruno Van Zeebroeck ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Bill Hansard ... process coordinator
James F. Liles ... plates (as Jim Liles)
Thomas Baker ... main title graphics (uncredited)


Ernie F. Orsatti ... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Charlie Picerni ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

Eric D. Andersen ... camera operator (as Eric Anderson)
George Dunagan ... best boy
Michael Genne ... first assistant camera
Dan Greer ... second assistant camera
Cary Griffith ... key grip (as Carey Griffith)
James A. Lundin ... genie operator
John McCoy ... vtr operator
Don Stott ... gaffer
Stephen Vaughan ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Ron Archer ... costumer: men
Michele Dittrick ... costumer: women
Dennis Schoonderwoerd ... costumer

Location Management

Michael Neale ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

Else Blangsted ... music editor
Lee Holdridge ... conductor: orchestra
Robert Fernandez ... score mixer (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco ... musician: guitar (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Craig Pinkard ... transportation coordinator
'Bud' Williams ... driver captain (as Bud Williams)

Other crew

Amy Alexander ... researcher
Jo Compton ... production coordinator
Dan Curry ... titles
Betty Glickman ... assistant: Mr. Picker (as Betty Glickman Serafin)
Cathy Jung ... assistant: Mr. Martin
Timothy McWhorter ... production assistant
Judy Nagi ... assistant: Mr. Reiner (as Judi Nagy)
Ramon Pahoyo ... craft service
Lucas Reiner ... film trainee
Mark Steen ... production assistant
Bernice Sutton ... first aid
Bridget Terry ... publicist
Marvin Weldon ... script supervisor
Bernard A. Widin ... production accountant (as Bernie Widin)
Devron Conrad ... stand-in: Steve Martin (uncredited)


Edith Head ... this motion picture is affectionately dedicated to
Jim Henry ... the producers wish to thank
Jill Jaress ... the producers wish to thank
Matthew Laurance ... the producers wish to thank

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Plot Summary

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He finds a slip of paper containing a list of people who are "The Friends and Enemies of Carlotta." Searching for answers, Rigby encounters assorted low-lifes: dangerous men and women who were the hallmarks of the classic detective movies of the 40's and 50's. Filming in black and white allows scenes from old movies to be cut into this film. It is through this process that Rigby's assistant is none other than Philip Marlowe himself. Written by Tony Fontana , Ed. by Peter Victor

Plot Keywords
Taglines Laugh... or I'll blow your lips off! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Les cadavres ne portent pas de costard (France)
  • Cliente muerto no paga (Spain)
  • Ölü adamlar ekose giymez (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Ne zaljubljuj se u klijenta (Serbia)
  • Kuollut mies ei palttoota kaipaa (Finland)
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  • 88 min
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Box Office

Budget $9,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,289,601, 23 May 1982

Did You Know?

Trivia Final film of legendary costume designer Edith Head. There is a tribute to her and the personnel who worked on films from the Golden Age of Hollywood in the closing credits. Head died a short time after production on the movie had wrapped. Fittingly, the film features many of her earlier designs in cleverly edited clips from old movies. See more »
Goofs The newspaper in the opening scene has a large headline saying "Dodgers Lose Again." But that wouldn't have been a big deal for a Los Angeles paper in the 1940s -- the Dodgers didn't move there from Brooklyn until 1958. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Suspicion (1941). See more »
Soundtracks Dead Men's Bolero See more »
Crazy Credits After the Cast there comes the dedication: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid was Edith Head's final film. To her, and to all the brilliant technical and creative people who worked on the films of the 1940's and 1950's, this motion picture is affectionately dedicated. See more »
Quotes Rigby Reardon: All dames are alike: they reach down your throat so they can grab your heart, pull it out and they throw it on the floor, and they step on 'em with their high heels, they spit on it, shove it in the oven and they cook the shit out of it. Then they slice it into little pieces, slam it on a hunk of toast, and they serve it to you. And they expect you to say, "Thanks, honey, it's delicious."
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