Created by George Gipe, Steve Martin and Carl Reiner
Juliet Forrest: What are you doing?
RIGBY REARDON is the doofus P.I. (played by Steve Martin) who gets by with a little help from his friends, in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Carl Reiner's off-the-wall tip of the fedora, and squirt of the seltzer bottle, to the genre. But in this case, the friends are Bogart, Peter Lorre, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Alan Ladd and the cast of about a zillion old detective and crime flicks from the forties and fifties. Old clips are seamlessly worked into the mix, a cinematic gimmick that really works, as opposed to the soggy mess that Robert Montgomery made of Chandler's The Lady in the Lake.
Our man Rigby is hired by the beautiful Juliet Forrest to prove that her father's death in a car crash was no accident. Seems dear ol' dad was a world-famous cheese scientist working on a secret cheese recipe.
Clips were used from The Glass Key, The Big Sleep, This Gun for Hire, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and a whole slew of other classic crime flicks. For the complete list, see Films Which Were Used in The Filming of Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. Film buffs might also be interested to know that the film is dedicated to costume designer Edith Head (this was her last film) and all those who worked in the classic films of the forties and fifties.
And it's funny as hell, a real treat for PI fans. Hell, it's got cheese AND Nazis in it. What more could you want?
-- Rigby Reardon, to thugs.
Films used in the making of the film.
The Film Geeks' Top Ten P.I. Films. James and Gustavo have spoken.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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