Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982)
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Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is a 1982 neo-noir comedy-mystery film directed by Carl Reiner.
Starring Steve Martin and Rachel Ward, the film is both a parody of and a homage to film noir and the pulp detective movies of the 1940s.
The title refers to Martin’s character telling a story about a woman obsessed with plaid in a scene that was ultimately cut from the film.
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is partly a collage film, incorporating clips from 19 vintage films. They are combined with new footage of Martin and other actors similarly shot in black-and-white, with the result that the original dialogue and acting of the classic films become part of a completely different story. So imagine it as a rap record where say, a rapper takes Super Freak by Rick James and makes a completely song, say, “U Can’t Touch This.”
Among the actors who appear from classic films are Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Brian Donlevy, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Burt Lancaster, Charles Laughton, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, Edmond O’Brien, Vincent Price, Barbara Stanwyck, and Lana Turner.
This was the last film for legendary costume designer Edith Head.
The movie cost around 9 million to make and brought in a little over 18 million at the box office.
Source: Sal Amato