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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Reardon is a cad who sexually assaults Juliet within minutes of meeting her, later strangles her, and casually mentions other acts of violence and misogyny. And he's the hardboiled hero!

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-->'''Reardon:''' This is ''never'' gonna heal!


It stars Creator/SteveMartin and Rachel Ward... and Creator/AvaGardner, and Creator/IngridBergman, and Fred [=MacMurray=], and so forth. And, when you think about it, was directed by Carl Reiner ... and Robert Siodmak, and Creator/AlfredHitchcock, and Creator/BillyWilder, and so forth. The film had the luck of hiring veteran costumer Edith Head, who also did the costumes from most of the original films used. She passed shortly after, and the film is affectionately dedicated to her memory and to the people who worked on the films of the 40s and 50s. As a coincidence, it was also the last feature film of composer Music/MiklosRozsa, who partly wrote music for scenes he had already scored 40 years before...

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It stars Creator/SteveMartin and Rachel Ward... and Creator/AvaGardner, and Creator/IngridBergman, and Fred [=MacMurray=], Creator/FredMacMurray, and so forth. And, when you think about it, was directed by Carl Reiner ... and Robert Siodmak, and Creator/AlfredHitchcock, and Creator/BillyWilder, and so forth. The film had the luck of hiring veteran costumer Edith Head, who also did the costumes from most of the original films used. She passed shortly after, and the film is affectionately dedicated to her memory and to the people who worked on the films of the 40s and 50s. As a coincidence, it was also the last feature film of composer Music/MiklosRozsa, who partly wrote music for scenes he had already scored 40 years before...


The Bogart and Ava Gardner characters ''do'' appear several times throughout the story. The final section, set in a South American village, is more unified than the rest of the film because all of its pre-existing footage comes from one movie (''The Bribe''), creating a consistent visual style and allowing the three imported characters (played by Gardner, Charles Laughton, and VincentPrice) to refer to one another by name.

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The Bogart and Ava Gardner characters ''do'' appear several times throughout the story. The final section, set in a South American village, is more unified than the rest of the film because all of its pre-existing footage comes from one movie (''The Bribe''), creating a consistent visual style and allowing the three imported characters (played by Gardner, Charles Laughton, and VincentPrice) Creator/VincentPrice) to refer to one another by name.



* VincentPrice: as Kitty Collins' accomplice Rice.



* WhoWillBellTheCat: This happens at the end when Rigby holds up the Nazis.

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* WhoWillBellTheCat: This happens at the end when Rigby holds up the Nazis.Nazis.

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* HumphreyBogart: As [[Film/TheBigSleep Marlowe]], Reardon's legman.


->''Guns don't kill detectives -- love does.''

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->''Guns ->''"Guns don't kill detectives -- love does.''
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* MickeyFinn: F X Huberman slips Reardon one.


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* SlippingAMickey: F X Huberman slips Reardon one.

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* FakeShemp: Body doubles also help glue the film together.


1982 FilmNoir parody. Its central joke is the use of StockFootage from well-known '40s movies (mostly noirs, though the women's melodrama ''Humoresque'' somehow crept in) to construct editing gags in both visuals (skillful cutting, stand-ins, and identical sets and costumes bring modern actors into classic scenes) and dialogue (pre-existing lines are recontextualized to the point of bizarrerie).

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''Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid'' is a 1982 FilmNoir parody.parody of and homage to FilmNoir. Its central joke is the use of StockFootage from well-known '40s movies (mostly noirs, though the women's melodrama ''Humoresque'' somehow crept in) to construct editing gags in both visuals (skillful cutting, stand-ins, and identical sets and costumes bring modern actors into classic scenes) and dialogue (pre-existing lines are recontextualized to the point of bizarrerie).

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* CloudCuckooLander: Juliet's sister Leona (actually Barbara Stanwyck in 1948's ''Sorry, Wrong Number''). Before Rigby phones Leona, Juliet warns him that Leona's "disturbed", and the film [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] its own use of stock footage by having Leona's dialogue obviously belong to a different film (she denies that her father is dead and is needlessly rude to Rigby.)


* {{Gainaxing}}: Juliet Forrest may have this [[MostCommonSuperpower ability]] considering that when she fainted, her breasts "shifted all out of whack"...or so Rigby Reardon claims.


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* AdventureRebuff: Juliette volunteers to spy for Rigby Reardon. He refuses telling her, "[[DyeOrDie You're not blonde enough]]".

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* AdventureRebuff: Juliette Juliet volunteers to spy for Rigby Reardon. He refuses telling her, "[[DyeOrDie You're not blonde enough]]".



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Juliette asks Reardon to quit investigating her father's death:

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Juliette Juliet asks Reardon to quit investigating her father's death:



'''Juliette Forrest:''' You've also been ''shot'', ''drugged''...and ''probably had to go to bed with women you didn't know''.

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'''Juliette '''Juliet Forrest:''' You've also been ''shot'', ''drugged''...and ''probably had to go to bed with women you didn't know''.



* ChekhovsSkill: Julliette's knowledge of the German language.

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* ChekhovsSkill: Julliette's Juliet's knowledge of the German language.



-->'''Juliette Forrest:''' I'm beginning to think you enjoy dressing up as a woman.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Rigby Reardon gropes Juliette just after she passes out, in the ''first scene of the movie''. PlayedForLaughs.
-->'''Juliette Forrest''': [''dazed but wary''] ...What are you doing?

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-->'''Juliette -->'''Juliet Forrest:''' I'm beginning to think you enjoy dressing up as a woman.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Rigby Reardon gropes Juliette Juliet just after she passes out, in the ''first scene of the movie''. PlayedForLaughs.
-->'''Juliette -->'''Juliet Forrest''': [''dazed but wary''] ...What are you doing?



--->'''Rigby Reardon''': [''Juliette is groping inside his trousers''] What are you doing?
--->'''Juliette Forrest''': Adjusting your willy. When you fell through the window, it shifted out of whack.

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--->'''Rigby Reardon''': [''Juliette [''Juliet is groping inside his trousers''] What are you doing?
--->'''Juliette --->'''Juliet Forrest''': Adjusting your willy. When you fell through the window, it shifted out of whack.



* {{Fainting}}: In the opening scene, Juliette faints at the sight of a front page newspaper headline proclaiming her father's death. Reardon thinks she fainted because of the sports headline that read "Dodgers Lose Again".

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* {{Fainting}}: In the opening scene, Juliette Juliet faints at the sight of a front page newspaper headline proclaiming her father's death. Reardon thinks she fainted because of the sports headline that read "Dodgers Lose Again".



-->'''Juliette Forrest:''' No, no. It's written here: "F. O. C."

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-->'''Juliette -->'''Juliet Forrest:''' No, no. It's written here: "F. O. C."



* {{Gainaxing}}: Juliette Forrest may have this [[MostCommonSuperpower ability]] considering that when she fainted, her breasts "shifted all out of whack"...or so Rigby Reardon claims.

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* {{Gainaxing}}: Juliette Juliet Forrest may have this [[MostCommonSuperpower ability]] considering that when she fainted, her breasts "shifted all out of whack"...or so Rigby Reardon claims.



* MistakenForGay: Juliette and [[Film/WhiteHeat Cody Jarrett]]'s mother kiss passionately as three prison guards look on. [[spoiler:They don't know that the mother is actually Rigby Reardon in disguise.]]

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* MistakenForGay: Juliette Juliet and [[Film/WhiteHeat Cody Jarrett]]'s mother kiss passionately as three prison guards look on. [[spoiler:They don't know that the mother is actually Rigby Reardon in disguise.]]



-->Little did I realize that less than a year later, she and I would have an even more exciting adventure, which is coming soon to your neighborhood theater -- with a possible nude scene by Juliette.

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-->Little did I realize that less than a year later, she and I would have an even more exciting adventure, which is coming soon to your neighborhood theater -- with a possible nude scene by Juliette.Juliet.



* WhoWillBellTheCat: This happens at the end when Rigby holds up the Nazis.

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* WhoWillBellTheCat: This happens at the end when Rigby holds up the Nazis.

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Nazis.


--->'''Rigby Reardon''': [''coming round from being shot''] What are you doing?

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--->'''Rigby Reardon''': [''coming round from being shot''] [''Juliette is groping inside his trousers''] What are you doing?


-->'''Rigby Reardon''': [[BlatantLies ...Adjusting your breasts.]] They got a little out of whack when you passed out.

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-->'''Rigby Reardon''': [[BlatantLies ...Adjusting your breasts.]] They got a little You fainted and they shifted all out of whack when you passed out.whack.



--->'''Juliette Forrest''': Adjusting your willy. It got a little out of whack when you passed out.

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--->'''Juliette Forrest''': Adjusting your willy. It got a little When you fell through the window, it shifted out of whack when you passed out.whack.

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