Meet Eddie Ginley - small time bingo caller and big time loser. He's lost his girlfriend and now maybe he's losing his marbles. Why, even his psychiatrist has officially diagnosed him as 'a bloody nut'.... See Eddie dreams of being Sam Spade, the ultimate private dick. He's even gone so far as to advertise his services as a 'Gumshoe' in the local paper. Then one day he gets a call. A mysterious fat man hands him a package with the photo of a girl, £1,000 cash - and a gun. Now Eddie is up to his trench coat in femme fatales, hit men, dead bodies - and an international conspiracy . Not bad for a Liverpudlian with a big mouth and an overactive imagination. Naturally, Eddie plunges himself into the mystery world he's always dreamed of living in. He's in his element - but he's also hopelessly out of his depth? Director Stephen Frears made his feature debut with this wonderfully understated homage to film noir. Albert Finney excels as Eddie Ginley the bingo caller who has dreams of writing like Dashiell Hammett and acting like Humphrey Bogart. Following the example of Woody Allen in 'Play It Again Sam' screenwriter Neville Smith blends fond parody with an original story that has an undeniable charm of its own. But Gumshoe also has an unexpectedly hard edge, thanks to its tough themes of drugs and gunrunning and Frear's astute snapshots of Liverpool.

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Gumshoe (1971)

Mystery/Drama/Comedy/Crime · 1h 26m

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Meet Eddie Ginley - small time bingo caller and big time loser. He's lost his girlfriend and now maybe he's losing his marbles. Why, even his psychiatrist has officially diagnosed him as 'a bloody nut'.... See Eddie dreams of being Sam Spade, the ultimate private dick. He's even gone so far as to advertise his services as a 'Gumshoe' in the local paper. Then one day he gets a call. A mysterious fat man hands him a package with the photo of a girl, £1,000 cash - and a gun. Now Eddie is up to his trench coat in femme fatales, hit men, dead bodies - and an international conspiracy . Not bad for a Liverpudlian with a big mouth and an overactive imagination. Naturally, Eddie plunges himself into the mystery world he's always dreamed of living in. He's in his element - but he's also hopelessly out of his depth? Director Stephen Frears made his feature debut with this wonderfully understated homage to film noir. Albert Finney excels as Eddie Ginley the bingo caller who has dreams of writing like Dashiell Hammett and acting like Humphrey Bogart. Following the example of Woody Allen in 'Play It Again Sam' screenwriter Neville Smith blends fond parody with an original story that has an undeniable charm of its own. But Gumshoe also has an unexpectedly hard edge, thanks to its tough themes of drugs and gunrunning and Frear's astute snapshots of Liverpool.

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Released
Cast
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Albert Finney

Eddie Ginley
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Billie Whitelaw

Ellen
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Frank Finlay

William
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Janice Rule

Mrs. Blankerscoon
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Carolyn Seymour

Alison
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Fulton Mackay

Straker
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George Innes

Bookshop Proprietor
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George Silver

De Fries
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Bill Dean

Tommy (as Billy Dean)
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Wendy Richard

Anne Scott
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Maureen Lipman

Naomi
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Neville Smith

Arthur
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Oscar James

Azinge
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Joe Kenyon

Joey (as Joey Kenyon)
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Bert King

Mal
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Christopher Cunningham

Clifford (as Chris Cunningham)
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Ken Jones

Labour Exchange Clerk
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Tom Kempinski

Psychiatrist
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Harry Hutchinson

Kleptomaniac
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Ernie Mack and The Saturated Seven

Artist in club (as Ernie Mack and the Saturated Seven)
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Jayson Kane

Artist in club (as Jason Kane)
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The Jacksons

Artist in club
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Vicki Day

Artist in club
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Scott Christian

Artist in club
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Pauline Chamberlain

Woman In Tube Station (uncredited)
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Steven Ellison

Man in street (uncredited)
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Guy Standeven

Tube Station Lift Passenger (uncredited)
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Fred Wood

Tube Passenger (uncredited)
Crew
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Stephen Frears

Director
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Neville Smith

Writer
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Gumshoe

(DVD)

2/3/2009

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