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DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID, 1982
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Director: Carl Reiner

Stars: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward and Carl Reiner

Review by Russell Hill

SYNOPSIS:

A private investigator is assigned a murder case and is joined by many Hollywood legends.

REVIEW:

I have always been a huge fan of Steve Martin, in particular his early films. Just like those who admire Woody Allen's work (such as yours truly) I believe that Martin's early films are his best. I'm not alone in my beliefs, especially as classics such as Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and The Man with Two Brains were released within twelve months of each other.

Rigby Reardon (Martin) is a private investigator who is asked to find out who killed John Hay Forrest by his daughter Juliet (Ward). Reardon will do anything to find out who killed Forrest, especially as he starts to have romantic feelings for Juliet. Will Reardon ever know who killed Forrest?

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is not just a comedy caper which acts as a vehicle for Steve Martin because it is a very clever movie. Various scenes from Hollywood films which were made during the 1940's are used and they are given a new lease of life. Scenes from The Big Sleep, The Bribe, Suspicion and Notorious all appear and so do such Hollywood legends as Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Cagney and Bette Davis.

The look of the film is synonymous with Hollywood glamour. Individuals who worked during the 1940's in Hollywood were employed to help out with the making of Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and it is a neat trick from Carl Reiner, especially all of the scenes fit nicely together and don't look out of place.

Steve Martin is fantastic as Rigby Reardon. His energy and comic timing is difficult to beat and he looks as though that he should have appeared alongside Bogart or Davis at some point in his career. Just like many fans of his work, I wonder why he has lost the knack for creating great films such as this. Maybe his heart just isn't in it anymore. Either way, at least he has left a lasting legacy on the world of comedy.

If you're a huge fan of classic Hollywood films, then check out Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. Oozing glamour, it not only is a funny film but an ode to a great era of cinema.

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