Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Reviews
Uses scenes from old movies to incorporate a new movie in black and white. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be humorous.
of clips from the old movies. Rachel Ward is Steve's love interest. The actors in the clips are too numerous to mention, but include Bogart, Lancaster, Ladd, Lake, Turner, Bergman, and many many others. Directed by Carl Reiner.
Steve Martin is having a ball playing a gumshoe detective out to solve the ultimate case
this is all while the breaking-the-fourth-wall jokes ensue and the self-aware humor has every chance to shine
the funniest has to be the inserted film clips from other classic black-and-white movies having characters interact with Rigby but we know better
the plot moves along at a brisk pace and the final act is ok for the most part
still, classic film buffs and comedy lovers will dig the combination of the two genres
A smart, well-made loving spoof on 1940's films using some of cinema's most famous classic films with a fine level of attention to detail. It does get silly at times, but also a bit flat between the jokes, and the need for Martin to dress as a woman not once but twice highlights the general lack of good laughs. Fans of Martin, and the 40's era should give this a watch.
The Film Follows Your Typical 1940's Plot With All The Cliche's Intact. The Film Follows Gumshoe Rigby Reardon (Martin), Who Is Hired By Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward), To Find Out Who Murdered Her Father. What Ensues Is The Usual Spoof Gags, As Well As Great Script Writing That Allows Seventeen Vintage Hollywood Films To Be Intercut Almost Seamlessly & Gives A Great Interaction Between Martin & The Hollywood Legends, Which Include, Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Lana Turner, Joan Crawford, Cary Grant & Jimmy Cagney.
also stars Reni Santoni, Carl Reiner, George Gaynes, Adrian Ricard, Frank McCarthy, Gene Labell and George Sawava.
directed by Carl Reiner.