Monday, May 14, 2007

Last Laughs - 10 Comic Crime Films

Aunt Agatha loaned me her current issue of Mystery Scene magazine which is like catnip to cats for us mystery readers [end of plug]. Inside was a fun article on 10 comic crime films which I thought I'd share with you. There were many other great choices in the author's honerable mentions. Titles in RED are not currently available at the library. In order of date released....drum roll please!

  1. Sherlock Jr. [1924] starring and directed by Buster Keaton. "Dramatizes the uproarious exploits of a meek theater projectionist turned amateur sleuth."
  2. Arsenic and Old Lace [1944] starring Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane and Peter Lorre. Directed by Frank Capra. "An easy going drama critic discovers that his kind and gentle Aunts Abby and Martha have a bizarre habit of poisoning gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar "
  3. Kind Hearts and Coronets [1949] Starring Alec Guiness in 8 different roles! Directed by Robert Hamer. "Impatient to become duke, the ninth in line decides to eliminate the eight relatives standing in his way in this tart black comedy. Obstructing the path to his title is Alec Guinness, in one of his greatest performances, playing all eight relatives."
  4. A Shot in the Dark [1964] starring Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom. Directed by Blake Edwards. "The bumbling Inspector Clouseau's attempt to prove the innocence of a voluptuous French maid, the prime suspect in a series of bizarre murders, leads him to a nudist colony and the Parisian mansion of a French millionaire."
  5. Murder by Death [1976] starring Truman Capote, Alec Guiness, Peter Falk, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith and a whole bunch more! Directed by Robert Moore. "An invitation to dinner ... and a murder, is sent to five world famous detectives by Lionel Twain (Truman Capote), an eccentric millionaire living in an isolated, gloomy estate in northern California."
  6. Foul Play [1978] starring Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith and Dudley Moore. Directed by Colin Higgins. "A shy San Francsico librarian and a clumsy detective fall in love as they attempt to solve a crime that involves drawfs, albinos, and the church."
  7. Raising Arizona [1987] starring Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter. Directed by the Coen Brothers. "An ex-con and a police officer decide to get married and start a family. To their dismay, they discover that they can neither have nor adopt children. Desperate, they resort to kidnapping one of the newborn quintuplets of the wealthy Arizona family. However, their attempt at living a normal life is complicated by neurotic co-workers, two fugitives, and a mysterious bounty hunter."
  8. A Fish Called Wanda [1988] starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Jamie Lee Curtis and in an Oscar winning role, Kevin Kline. Directed by Charles Crichton. "Sexy American diamonds lover Wanda and her boyfriend Otto are in England to plot alongside George and Ken the robbery of a diamond collection. Wanda and Otto want the stolen diamonds for themselves, and inform the police about George, not knowing that he has already moved the diamonds to another secret place. Wanda thinks the best way to find out is by getting close to George's lawyer, Archie Leach...."
  9. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang [2005] starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer. Directed by Shane Black. "While fleeing from the cops, small time hood Harry Lockhart stumbles into an acting audition. He does so well he gets to go to Hollywood. While there, Harry pursues a girl he loved in high school and ends up geting caught up in twisted murder mystery. His only chance of getting out alive is a private detective named Gay Perry, who also works as a consultant for movies."

1 comment:

Lee said...

You don't have Murder By Death!!!!! This travesty must be corrected.

Contact the Friends immediately!!! Oh, wait, I am the Friends.

I'll bring a copy for the library at the next meeting.