In 1938 in Los Angeles, Clyde Umney is a divorce private eye successful with women. On the weirdest day of his life, he sees his world turning upside-down when he discovers that he is a ... See full summary »

Director:

Rob Bowman

Writers:

April Smith (teleplay), Stephen King (short story)
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Episode complete credited cast:
William H. Macy ... Clyde Umney / Sam Landry / George Demmick
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Linda Landry / Gloria Demmick
Tory Mussett ... Arlene 'Candy' Cain / Pool Girl (as Victoria Mussett)
Harold Hopkins ... Vernon Klein
Melinda Butel Melinda Butel ... Ardis McGill
Julian O'Donnell Julian O'Donnell ... Peoria Smith
Don Halbert Don Halbert ... Dunninger
Peter Curtin Peter Curtin ... Mr. Woolrich
Louis Corbett ... Danny Landry
Mark Mitchell Mark Mitchell ... Blondie
John Orcsik John Orcsik ... Stan the Cop
Sigrid Thornton ... Mrs. Anges Sternwood
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Brandon
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In 1938 in Los Angeles, Clyde Umney is a divorce private eye successful with women. On the weirdest day of his life, he sees his world turning upside-down when he discovers that he is a character of a series of novels made-up by the writer Sam Landry. Sam is grieving the loss of his son and wants to swap position with Clyde. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This story has been described as a Raymond Chandler pastiche, and little wonder, as it takes place in 1930s Los Angeles, centered around a private eye, the time and place of Chandler's most famous creation, Philip Marlowe. Less well known is the fact that Chandler's last completed novel (Playback) features a central character named Umney (along with Marlowe, of course, though set in the 1950s). Very likely Stephen King's way of paying homage to the 20th century's pre-eminent author of gritty detective novels. See more »

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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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Stylish Noir with Original Story
3 October 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1938, in Los Angeles, Clyde Umney (William H. Macy) is a divorce private eye successful with women. On the weirdest day of his life, he sees his world turning upside-down when he discovers that he is a character of a series of novels made-up by the writer Sam Landry. Sam is grieving the loss of his son and wants to swap position with Clyde.

"Umney's Last Case" has a stylish noir production and an original story (I believe this show was produced before "Stranger than Fiction"). I liked the whole story, but the conclusion is abrupt and seems that the original intention could be to be continued. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Último Caso de Umney" ("Umney's Last Case")


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