''Doctor Detroit'' is a 1983 FishOutOfWater comedy directed by Michael Pressman and starring Creator/DanAykroyd.

Clifford Skridlow teaches at a small UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} college run by his father. Conned into managing four prostitutes by their pimp, who skips town to escape the mob boss known as Mom, Clifford draws on his course in medieval literature in his quest to save the women from Mom.

Music/{{Devo}} did the film's theme song.


* {{Adorkable}}: When not in character as the eponymous Doctor, Clifford really is.
* AsHimself: James Brown
* BadBoss: Mom threatens to be this to the call girls in front of Clifford, which offends his sense of honor and forces him to play out Smooth's trap of having him play the role of Doctor Detroit.
* BalancedHarem: The four call girls that Smooth manages and whom Clifford ends up protecting from Mom: Blonde, Brunette, Asian, and Black.
* BecomingTheMask: What slowly happens to Clifford as he takes on the role of the dreaded Doctor Detroit: That he's turning into a pimp. So much that he suffers a terrible nightmare.
** Subverted in the end when he lives out the better dream of being a heroic knight, saving the girls and the city of Chicago in its [[DarkestHour hour of need]].
* DirtyCoward: Smooth Walker for dumping his problems on poor Clifford.
* TheDreaded: Mom. So much so that most of the criminal underworld is ''thrilled'' that an unknown (and fake) crime figure from ''Detroit'' stood up to her.
* TheEighties
* FishOutOfWater: Clifford
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: The call girls end up being helpful to Clifford not only in stopping Mom's takeover of Chicago's underworld but also with Clifford's efforts to keep his college funded.
* KarmaHoudini: Smooth again. He set Cliff up for the fall, and in the end he's shown living happily ever after on a tropical island.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Clifford eventually becomes this, even defeating Mom in a sword duel and bringing peace to the streets of Chicago.
* LargeHam: Clifford intentionally overacts as Doctor Detroit.
* LineOfSightName: This is how the title character is named. A pimp named Smooth Walker is in the office of Mom, a competitor, and he convinces her that he's leaving because "the Doctor" has forced him out.
-->'''Mom:''' "Doctor?"\\
'''Smooth:''' "Yeah. Doctor...''(Looks around frantically, spies a travel poster for Detroit behind her head)'' Detroit."
* MercyKill: Asked for by Mom when Clifford defeats her in the final duel. Clifford refuses, finding mercy [[SequelHook sending her into exile]] instead.
* PimpDuds: Clifford raids his college's Theater department to find the most outlandish outfit he can find to pretend being the Doctor. Including a medieval knight's glove.
* OneBadMother: The ruthless drug dealer is called "Mom".
* SnobsVersusSlobs: Underplayed as Clifford has to bounce between the upper-class world of academia and the lower-class world of Doctor Detroit. Played for laughs when Clifford stages the criminal's annual bash at the same hotel as the school's annual alumni dinner, and where the two groups inevitably mingle with hilarious results.
* TropesAreTools: Being a professor of literature, Clifford is aware enough of tropes to rely on them to play the role of the Good Doctor.
* TwoTimerDate: This is the device employed for the climactic sequence. Clifford is running back and forth between a society function and a pimps'/hookers' bash, both in the same hotel, and has to switch clothes and personae between them as well. With predictable results.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Where we find out the fate of the main characters.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Cliff wears some ''alarmingly'' tiny shorts while power-walking during the theme song sequence. When the call girls in the limo see him, they can't help but laugh. But it also means they recognize Clifford later at the restaurant and point him out to Smooth, who's desperate to find a patsy...