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The Late Show
The nicest movie you'll ever see about murder and blackmail.
Over-the-hill gumshoe in Los Angeles seeks to avenge the killing of an old pal, another detective who had gotten himself involved in a case concerning a murdered broad, stolen stamps, a nickel-plated handgun, a cheating dolly, and a kidnapped pussycat.
Art Carney plays a semi-retired private investigator who partners with Lily Tomlin to catch and revenge the people that murdered his partner. Carney makes a great private eye....I could easily picture Bogart in this role. If Bogart would have lived longer....I am sure he would have played an aging past his prime detective. The younger Ira Wells (Carney's character) would have used his brawn to get out of the messes he finds himself in...the older Wells has to use his brains as he can not be the physical stuff anymore.
I have never been a Lilly Tomlin fan....and this movie did not change this opinion. To me her part slows the movie down....and I am not even sure why she…
Alongside Long Goodbye, Hickey & Boggs, and Night Moves, another "what if a hardboiled gumshoe but in the 70s" exercise. Also like those movies: totally great. It's not as hopeless as the latter two and unlike Long Goodbye, the protagonist (Art Carney) isn't just old-fashioned, he's also just plain old, as everyone he encounters is quick to point out. "You're late. About forty years too late," an electronics and menswear pushing fence tells him. Lily Tomlin plays a flaky new age pot dealer (well, only until she gets enough money to open a boutique dress store), rambling on about karma, she elicits a wonderful, "What the hell is she talking about?" from Carney.
I've always loved Tomlin, but this may be…
This is like The Long Goodbye's scrappy, slightly dopey younger cousin who's not into as many cool bands and who sometimes seems a little desperate to entertain but you like him anyway because in conversation you realize he's actually kind of smart in his own unpretentious way.
It's a very rare thing to discover a 70s Hollywood film that doesn't involve a young up-and-comer in a part of some size. They sort of epitomized the era, either in front of, or behind the camera.
The Late Show, written and directed by Robert Benton and produced by Robert Altman, is a neo-noir where an elderly private detective gets more than he bargained for when reluctantly taking on the case of Lily Tomlin's missing cat. He's got enough on his plate as is, with trying to solve the murder of his friend.
Art Carney, a name I actually know less as a face than I do in written form is splendid as the sickly PI, and Bill Macy nails…
Art Carney is Ira Wells, an old-time private eye, stuck being an old man in late 1970s LA. He's got a bum leg, a hearing aid, and instead of bourbon, he drinks Alka-Seltzer when he gets shook up. Lily Tomlin is Margo, a nutcase who's lost her cat.
The lost cat ties into the murder of Wells' friend Harry Regan, so he agrees to work for Margo to find the man who killed Harry. A complicated case follows, of course.
Not fast-paced and somewhat predictable with the noir tropes, but extremely well done. Director and screenwriter Robert Benton put together a beautiful homage to the 1940s-50s detective movies. The dialog is sharp, without being over-the-top. As to the acting, Art…
Solid and underrated neo-noir filled with twists and turns that are a treat to watch unfold. Art Carney and Lily Tomlin are both fantastic together as the unlikeliest of duos. Their character quirks never define their motives, but help to reinforce character history and are revealed as the plot thickens, a true sign of great writing. The script is dynamite in finding just the right balance of suspense and gallows humor. A nice little gem that noir enthusiasts should seek out.
An entertaining neo-noir, this film has plenty of atmosphere, great dialogues, beautiful music and an amazing Lily Tomlin...
Art Carney and Lily Tomlin are so great together. Nothing like seeing grumpy and quirky together mixed with neo-noir and a touch of comedy.
The Long Goodbye meets Farewell My Lovely. This is the first time i have come across Art Carney and he is quite good. His performance is laced with black humor and tinge of melancholy.
I think we need a new 1970s crime film list - '1970s Crime Movies That Prominently Feature A Cat'.
I've watched so many crime films from this decade now that I'm mostly running out of what are widely believed to be the big hitters in this genre and decade, and I'm starting to work my way through what I hope will be some under-appreciated and just plain forgotten gems. Probably the last such example was the excellent Going In Style, a film that also featured a performance of the highest calibre by Art Carney.
Yet the stuff around about The Late Show isn't quite right to me. The poster here and its description is misleading. This isn't really a warm…
As I started watching this seemingly forgotten film, I was expecting a Robert Altman produced spoof of the old-school gum-shoe detective movies, but discovered something much more.
This early Robert Benton film manages to almost pull us back to the old B-Movie Film Noir. This is not so much a spoof as sort of lament for tough guys with all the angels and the hot ditzy broads who lead them a-stray.
Benton is smart enough to hold back just enough to remind us that there is no going back. Art Carney is far from the obvious wise-guy detective and Lily Tomlin is certainly not your typical ditzy broad. In fact, she deals weed. Art Carney's character has trouble walking due…
Ira Wells (Art Carney) is struggling as a private eye. His ex-PI- partner is murdered and he wants to find out whodunnit, but a new client (Lily Tomlin) wants him to look for her cat.
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A great detective story about an aging PI. Art Cartney is great in this movie.
Art Carney's late career resurgence is quite interesting, and The Late Show is solid if unremarkable. Interesting PI movie. Tomlin's character gets on my nerves in that Shirley MacLaine New Age-y sort of way. Or is that just Tomlin's go-to character for her at this time, I'm not sure. Art Carney is just so easily watchable, even while not really doing much.
I wish I'd seen this last summer at the height of the meme's popularity, because Art Carney and Lily Tomlin are the only True Detective season 2 we'll ever need.
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