Movies You Probably Forgot Starring Steve Martin


In one of his most unique films, Steve Martin appears alongside some of cinema’s greatest legends, thanks to the use of archival footage. Part thriller, part crime noir parody, part loving homage and all-out comedy, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid was directed by Carl Reiner following their collaboration on Martin’s first big hit, The Jerk. The odd title, released in 1982, comes from a line Martin spoke in a scene that was eventually dropped from the film.

Filmed entirely in black and white, the story is a classic noir crime thriller, starring Martin in the role of private detective Rigby Reardon, who investigates the mysterious death of a prominent cheesemaker. Convinced it wasn’t an accident, Reardon begins questioning suspects, which finds that the actor has appeared in footage from a dozen or more classic crime films starring the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Ingmar Bergman, Ava Gardner, Kirk Douglas, Joan Crawford , and many more.

As a gimmick, the use of classic film clips works, but it’s hard to say how good or bad the film itself is, as viewers are left stunned from one scene to the next and never know what the Hollywood icon will turn up to. It received good reviews and earned a place in the pantheon of lesser known Steve Martin films, but it definitely deserves more than its box office success.


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