Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

"Very Good"

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Review


Steve Martin's homage to the 1940s and 50s is a one-joke movie that wears thin after 45 minutes (in which Martin inserts himself into classic film noirs, often in drag, where he turns the melodrama into comedy). Fortunately, the laughs are plentiful enough throughout to make Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid worthwhile both as an homage to the greats of the past and as a strictly Martinesque comedy. The biggest shock: Rachel Ward steals the show as the straight guy to Martin's goofball, as a wealthy damsel who can suck the bullet out of a wound -- a trick she learned "at camp."


Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Facts and Figures

Run time: 88 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st May 1982

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Aspen Film Society

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Fresh: 17 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: William E. McEuen, David V. Picker

Starring: as Rigby Reardon, as Juliet Forrest, as Juliets Butler/Feldmarschall Wilfried von Kluck, as Carlos Rodriguez, as (in "This Gun For Hire") (archive footage), as (in "Sorry - Wrong Number") (archive footage), as (in "The Lost Weekend") (archive footage), as (in "The Killers" / "The Bribe") (archive footage), as (in "The Killers") (archive footage), as (in "The Big Sleep" / "In a Lonely Place" / "Dark Passage") (archive footage), as (in "Suspicion") (archive footage), as (in "Notorious") (archive footage), Veronica Lake as (in "The Glass Key") (archive footage), as (in "Deception") (archive footage), as (in "Johnny Eager" / "The Postman Always Rings Twice") (archive footage), as (in "Johnny Eager") (archive footage), as (in "I Walk Alone") (archive footage), Fred MacMurray as (in "Double Indemnity") (archive footage), as (in "White Heat") (archive footage), as (in "Humoresque") (archive footage), as (in "The Bribe") (archive footage), as (in "The Bribe") (archive footage), as Dr. Forrest, Francis X. McCarthy as Waiter (as Frank McCarthy), as (in "The Killers") (archive footage), as (in The Killers) (archive footage), as (in "The Killers") (archive footage), John Miljan as (in "The Killers") (archive footage), as (in "The Glass Key") (archive footage), Norma Varden as (in "The Glass Key") (archive footage), Edmond O'Brien as (in "White Heat") (archive footage)

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