Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

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Run time: 88 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st May 1982

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Aspen Film Society

Reviews 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Fresh: 17 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew


Producer: William E. McEuen, David V. Picker

Starring: Steve Martin as Rigby Reardon, Rachel Ward as Juliet Forrest, Carl Reiner as Juliets Butler/Feldmarschall Wilfried von Kluck, Reni Santoni as Carlos Rodriguez, Alan Ladd as (in "This Gun For Hire") (archive footage), Barbara Stanwyck as (in "Sorry - Wrong Number") (archive footage), Ray Milland as (in "The Lost Weekend") (archive footage), Ava Gardner as (in "The Killers" / "The Bribe") (archive footage), Burt Lancaster as (in "The Killers") (archive footage), Humphrey Bogart as (in "The Big Sleep" / "In a Lonely Place" / "Dark Passage") (archive footage), Cary Grant as (in "Suspicion") (archive footage), Ingrid Bergman as (in "Notorious") (archive footage), Veronica Lake as (in "The Glass Key") (archive footage), Bette Davis as (in "Deception") (archive footage), Lana Turner as (in "Johnny Eager" / "The Postman Always Rings Twice") (archive footage), Edward Arnold as (in "Johnny Eager") (archive footage), Kirk Douglas as (in "I Walk Alone") (archive footage), Fred MacMurray as (in "Double Indemnity") (archive footage), James Cagney as (in "White Heat") (archive footage), Joan Crawford as (in "Humoresque") (archive footage), Charles Laughton as (in "The Bribe") (archive footage), Vincent Price as (in "The Bribe") (archive footage), George Gaynes as Dr. Forrest, Francis X. McCarthy as Waiter (as Frank McCarthy), William Conrad as (in "The Killers") (archive footage), Charles McGraw as (in The Killers) (archive footage), Jeff Corey as (in "The Killers") (archive footage), John Miljan as (in "The Killers") (archive footage), Brian Donlevy 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)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Movie 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."


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