A trip down movie memory lanePublished 2:25pm Thursday, September 13, 2012
This week, we are going to the movies.
As you know, I have always been a movie aficionado, and I caught this movie on cable a couple of weeks back and I so enjoyed it.
If you ever saw “Forrest Gump” — and you really can’t avoid it because it is on TV every week or so, it seems — this movie, “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” is filmed much like “Forrest Gump.” Carl Reiner took 18 different movie clips from different movies and incorporated them into a black and white detective movie.
This movie was made in 1982 and it starred Steve Martin as private investigator Rigby Reardon. As I was watching this movie, I began remembering the films the clips were taken from and the movie stars who played in them. I think maybe this will bring back some memories for you, just as it did for me.
I’m not going to reveal the plot of the movie, but I will list some of the characters in the movie and the stars who played them. The movie begins with a car wreck scene from the “Keeper of the Flame” and then Alan Ladd shoots the detective (Steve Martin) in the arm. Alan Ladd is the exterminator from “This Gun for Hire.”
Next comes Barbara Stanwyck in “Sorry, Wrong Number.” Ray Milland appears next in a scene from “Lost Weekend” and then Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster from “The Killers.”
Rigby now calls on Marlowe, Humphrey Bogart from the “Big Sleep.”
Gary Grant, in “Suspicion,” follows Rigby to the train and then to a party with Ingrid Bergman from “Notorious.” Marlowe begins looking for the shooter and came in contact with Veronica Lake from the “Glass Key,” Bette Davis from “Deception,” then Lana Turner and Eddie Arnold from “Johnny Eager.”
Rigby gets beaten up by Kirk Douglas from “I Walk Alone.”
Next Rigby meets Fred MacMurray from “Double Indemnity” and then meets James Cagney in prison in a scene from “White Heat.”
Joan Crawford in “Humoresque” plays an old flame of Rigby and then a scene from “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” Charles Laughton from “The Bribe” tries to bribe Rigby and Vincent Price tries to suffocate him.
Carl Reiner makes an appearance as Field Marshal von Kluck, who then pulls the switch of a mold test and destroys Terre Haute, Ind.
Carl Reiner and Steve Martin write the plot of this movie around these movie clips. Reiner is a movie genius and Steve Martin is a zany actor as well as a writer and comedian. This is a very fascinating film and lots of fun.
Watch for it again on cable TV and don’t be put off by the unusual title, “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.” See how many stars you recognize and can identify.
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