As the private eye of private eyes, Steve Martin is Rigby Reardon. He's tough, rough and ready to take on anything when Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and cheesemaker, has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead him to the "Carlotta Lists." With a little help from his "friends," Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Burt Lancaster, Humphrey Bogart, Charles Laughton, etc., Reardon gets his man. An exciting action-fun packed film the way '40s films used to be!

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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

PG

Comedy/Crime/Suspense/Thriller · 1h 24m · 5/21/1982

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As the private eye of private eyes, Steve Martin is Rigby Reardon. He's tough, rough and ready to take on anything when Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and cheesemaker, has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead him to the "Carlotta Lists." With a little help from his "friends," Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Burt Lancaster, Humphrey Bogart, Charles Laughton, etc., Reardon gets his man. An exciting action-fun packed film the way '40s films used to be!

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Companies

Universal Pictures, Aspen Film Society

Budget

$9,000,000

Revenue

$18,196,170
Cast
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Alan Ladd

(in "This Gun For Hire") (archive footage)
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Kent Deigaard

German Henchman
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Kirk Douglas

(in "I Walk Alone") (archive footage)
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Charles Laughton

(in "The Bribe") (archive footage)
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Wally Brown

(archive footage) (uncredited)
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Brian Donlevy

(in "The Glass Key") (archive footage)
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Rachel Ward

Juliet Forrest
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James Cagney

(in "White Heat") (archive footage)
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Reni Santoni

Carlos Rodriguez
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Charlie Picerni

Hood (as Charles Picerni)
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Brad Baird

German Henchman
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Francis X. McCarthy

Waiter (as Frank McCarthy)
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Ingrid Bergman

(in "Notorious") (archive footage)
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William Conrad

(in "The Killers") (archive footage)
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Gene LeBell

Hood (as Gene Labell)
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Edward Arnold

(in "Johnny Eager") (archive footage)
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Joan Crawford

(in "Humoresque") (archive footage)
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Norma Varden

(in "The Glass Key") (archive footage)
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Lana Turner

(in "Johnny Eager" / "The Postman Always Rings Twice") (archive footage)
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Veronica Lake

(in "The Glass Key") (archive footage)
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Adrian Ricard

Mildred
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John Miljan

(in "The Killers") (archive footage)
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Jean Beaudine

Duty Secretary
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Cheryl Smith

Veronica Lake (uncredited)
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George Sawaya

Hood
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Dieter Curt

German Henchman
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Vincent Price

(in "The Bribe") (archive footage)
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Edmond O'Brien

(in "White Heat") (archive footage)
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Bette Davis

(in "Deception") (archive footage)
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Jeff Corey

(in "The Killers") (archive footage)
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Humphrey Bogart

(in "The Big Sleep" / "In a Lonely Place" / "Dark Passage") (archive footage)
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George Gaynes

Dr. Forrest
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Steve Martin

Rigby Reardon
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Fred MacMurray

(in "Double Indemnity") (archive footage)
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Barbara Stanwyck

(in "Sorry - Wrong Number") (archive footage)
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Cary Grant

(in "Suspicion") (archive footage)
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John Easton Stuart

German Henchman (as John 'Easton' Stuart)
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Charles McGraw

in The Killers (archive footage)
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Eugene Brezany

German Henchman
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Ray Milland

(in "The Lost Weekend") (archive footage)
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Bob Hevelone

German Henchman
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Britt Nilsson

Puppy Secretary
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Ava Gardner

(in "The Killers" / "The Bribe") (archive footage)
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Carl Reiner

Field Marshall VonKluck
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Ronald Spivey

German Henchman
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Burt Lancaster

(in "The Killers") (archive footage)
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Phillip Kearns

German Henchman (as Phil Kearns)
Crew
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Carl Reiner

Director
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Carl Reiner

Writer
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George Gipe

Writer
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Steve Martin

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

9/21/2021

Disc Title Front Cover

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

(DVD)

3/16/1999

Disc Title Front Cover

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

(DVD)

3/16/1999

Disc Title Front Cover

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

2/13/2007

Disc Title Front Cover

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

12/26/2017

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