Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" and Credibility

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 04 Aug 2003

At 06:45 AM 8/4/03 -0800, you wrote:
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>Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Starr, Movies, Current Reads
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> > Doug wrote:
> >
> > > Hey, I'd vote for Steve Martin in _Dead Men don't Wear Plaid_.
> >
> >I tried watching this recently, I found it far too silly and not believable.
> >
> >Eggs in coffee?
> >
> >Jordan
>Yeah, the same team's "Man With Two Brains" was *much* more believable ...
>(Actually I do love "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," for -- among other things
>-- its take on the Hawks/Furthman "You know how to whistle, don't you?"
>line and for that gorgeous footage it includes from "The Bribe.")
>P.S. As far as seeking out "My Favorite Spy" or "They Got Me Covered" is
>concerned ... they ain't exactly the first Bob Hope pictures I'd
>choose. Give me "Road to Morocco" or "Ghost Breakers" any day. But "Spy"
>and "Covered" *do* contain songs cowritten by the great Johnny Mercer --
>the one in "Covered" cowritten with (ah!) Harold Arlen and the "Spy" one
>with too-little-known Robert Emmett Dolan.

"Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" is hilarious. It's farce, it's not supposed to be believable (as opposed half of the noir films out there that ARE supposed to be believable, yet become unintentional parodies of 'real life' and the genre. Think of the David Caruso/Nicholas Cage remake of the Richard Widmark/Victor Mature noir classic from the 40s. The name escapes me at the moment. Widmark and Cage played the vicious brutal thug).

And as for Hope: I've seen "Spy" and the road films, as well as Ghost Breakers (terrific!) and the ones he did with Lucille Ball (like
"Fancypants"), and the Paleface films... All great stuff!

All the Best,


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