Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Goodnight, My Love (1972)

Directed by Peter Hyams
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Damsel in distress Barbara Bain hires gruff private eye Richard Boone to find her missing fiance. Along with his dwarf sidekick Michael Dunn, they make inquiries around 1946 Los Angeles. The trail leads to Victor Buono in his posh nightclub. Crosses and double crosses abound in this entertaining ode to the old gumshoes of classic film noir. It is filled with dry wit (much of it directed towards Dunn's height) and references to those old films. Hyams successfully recreates the atmosphere of old LA with neon signs and soft focus, while his camera effortlessly glides around (check out that scene in the pool hall). Another superb effort from Hyams that belies its made-for-tv origin.

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