PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut.
Actor Steve Martin didn't watch any old movies nor the types of classic film noir and detective films that this picture featured or referenced because Martin, according to the picture's production notes, "didn't want to act like Humphrey Bogart ... [he] didn't want to be influenced".
Do I look like a dame?
Juliet Forrest: Not as much as I do.
When Juliet first sucks a bullet out of Rigby, she wipes off her lipstick first. After sucking out the bullet, she's wearing lipstick again although she never reapplied any.
After the Cast there comes the dedication: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid was Edith Head's final film. To her, and to all the brilliant technical and creative people who worked on the films of the 1940's and 1950's, this motion picture is affectionately dedicated.
$4,289,601 23 May 1982
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