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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Laugh...or I’ll blow your lips off!
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."
There are these moments in comedies where you just can't explain why you have to laugh hysterically every time you watch them.
Steve Martin making coffee in this film is one of those moments for me. It kills me every single time.
Apart from that, this film is hilarious, with Martin's dead pan comedy blending in perfectly with all those fantastic moments from classic Hollywood.
This film is a gem and one of Martin's best.
If this film stuck to mocking film noir throughout with a vicious sneer, it might have worked, not because film noir deserves such contempt, but because so much of the so-called humor in this film derives from playing up the sexist aspects of the genre, which are its greatest failing. The femme fatale jokes might seem on point if there weren't so much evident respect for the genre in this film. (The humor in choking the shit out of women falls short for me, though.) Instead, they seem to just heighten the uncomfortable nature of the trope by making light of it, over and over and over again.
The most impressive and lauded aspect of this film seems to be…
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is an odd film in that it’s enjoyable with its cleverness but not funny with those smarts.
It’s only funny when it’s trying to be funny. I know that might sound like a really stupid, obvious and stupidly obvious thing to say, but the gimmick here of the insertion of clips from old crimers from the 40s and 50s is actually not terribly funny. It’s admirable in just how meticulous Carl Reiner must have had to be to find precisely the right clips to insert here, but do they actually add anything to the film in terms of it being a comedy? Not really.
In terms of it being an homage to old film noirs,…
Through the power of film editing, Steve Martin stars opposite some of the greatest actresses and actors of all time in this comedy. This movie was made in 1982 while the screen legends shown in the movie all made their movies in the 1940s. The movie does an outstanding job of merging the time periods. When Martin is interacting with people like James Cagney, Cary Grant, Kirk Douglas, Bette Davis and many others this is a fascinating movie to watch.
The movie stumbles when Martin is interacting with his cast mates from the 1980s. When I first watched this movie when I was younger...I had a hard time identifying all the movie stars. This time around I not only knew…
It feels like when I was a kid Noir pastiche voice overs and bad Bogey impressions were everywhere. Be it sketch shows, adverts, cartoons or semi serious detective shows every writer seemed to want to break out his inner Chandler once a series and riff off movies that I had never actually seen.
I remember watching this on VHS with my parents and not quite getting it while still finding it funny. I saw 'Play it again Sam' late one night on TV with my dad in the same period.
I don't know if all that led me somehow to actually loving Noir, I'm not sure someone growing up even a decade later would have had the same grounding in…
Cleverly constructed around fragments of noir pictures of the '40s & '50s, this is one giant cavalcade of cinephile inside jokes. The non-diagetic gags (Rachel Ward's bullet-sucking abilities, "your py-yamas!" and Martin's aversion to cleaning women) have a high hit-to-miss ratio, and the cameos are consistent delights. The trade-off leads to a slack structure that drags as the picture continues; at least now I know about The Bribe, which looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
It's intriguing that this came as a follow-up to Pennies from Heaven. In that picture, showcasing the inner-lives of down-and-out characters through the language of the period before slamming back to reality evokes all sorts of pathos; Martin & Peters inhabiting a Rogers & Astaire musical is downright magical. Characters are at the center of Pennies while gags form the crux of Dead Men. I enjoyed a lot of this but can't help making the comparison.
SAW: at TCL Chinese Theatre (TCM Classic Film Festival)
Why can't spoofs be as clever, subtle, and organized as this anymore?
A genius nix of clips and new footage. A great way to get introduced to film noir
I so enjoy this movie!
One of the best Steve Martin films - A brilliant movie that combines crime, mystery and comedy. It's a very funny comedy almost in the category of a dark or black comedy. Is it Film Noir? Yes I do believe it is...
This film is a bit underrated and deserves to be in the top 10% of dark comedy films - just my opinion. If you like older films, comedies, mystery and trying to help solve a crime in a movie then you may enjoy "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid".
If you want a double feature I would watch this movie along with movies like: "Clue (1985)", "Murder by Death (1976)" or " Deathtrap (1982)".
Film #4/Task #6
A film whose tagline sticks with you.
There are some pretty funny moments and scenes in this, but as a whole, it never quite hit the mark for me. I liked it, but it doesn't really reach the same heights as some of Martin's other classics. And the splicing of scenes with old noir mysteries didn't really add much for me, either.
Martin in the main role is great, though. His demeanor and delivery are perfect, even if the writing doesn't fully complement him.
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Part parody, part loving homage, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a clever film that runs far with its central premise. A pulp detective mash-up of old and new, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid will make you laugh, even if you really don't know why.
Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) is a private detective currently between jobs. When Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) turns up at his door, she asks him to look into the death of her father. Suspecting a bigger conspiracy and murder, she points Rigby in the right direction and we watch as this near-bumbling detective uncovers all sorts of nefarious webs.
steve martin is the best muppet.
I had to watch this a second time to appreciate it. Essentially it places Steve Martin into B-movie serials of the '40s and '50s, so he can talk to Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney. When I first heard of this, I thought maybe they used advanced techniques to literally place Steve Martin IN the previous movies. They don't. Instead, they painstakingly recreate sets from the older films, and shoot footage of Martin. Then, they cut away to shots from the older films, and then back to Martin. Reiner often uses substitutes from behind when Martin is interacting with them in the scene, in one frame.
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