#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Ginley (Albert Finney) is a nightclub bingo caller eager for a career change. On his thirty-first birthday, he advertises himself as a private eye in the newspaper. He dons a trench coat, and begins engaging others in rapid-fire dialogue as if he were Humphrey Bogart, or some Dashiell Hammett creation. Soon after, Ginley is phoned by a fat man, who gives him a package containing a gun, a photograph, and a large sum of money. Eventually Ginley is investigating a case involving smuggling of weapons as well as drugs. Ginley also finds himself at odds with his unsupportive brother, who offers Ginley payment to break off his investigations. Eventually Ginley learns of his brother-in-law’s involvement in the crimes at hand. Ginley faces a series of daunting tasks: solving the crimes, bringing justice to the smugglers (and a murderer), as well as maintaining his safety and sanity in the process.
Plot: A would be private eye gets mixed up in a smuggling case.
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Finney’s talent shows in this fun film
“Gumshoe” is a nice film for Albert Finney to show his talent for wit and humor. The movie came fairly early in his film career – at age 35 he had 14 total film and TV movie roles behind him. This is a very snappy film, with lots of quick lines and retorts. In the theater, I would have missed some of this. But on DVD, I can use subtitles and/or stop and playback for parts that I missed.
Finney shows his talents for imitation and impersonation as well. His “Boggie-esque” quips are quite funny. Some reviewers dubbed this film an “oddity” or a “curiosity.” I’m not sure what that means. If it’s because comedy is mixed with crime – well we have plenty of that dating back to the 1930s. The series of “Thin Man” movies with William Power and Myrna Loy helped make the comedy-crime mix very popular.
Others have commented on the plot and cast. I will add only that this film is spot on for intrigue, and it has some very good twists. A casual viewer could miss a lot of what’s going on. The roles are all quite good. Finney’s Eddie Ginley is a very likable chap. Finney is one of those very talented people in the entertainment field who have played some great roles, but who have not struck gold spelled with an “O.”
The plot thickens
Even though he co-wrote the screenplay for “The Big Sleep,” William Faulkner reportedly admitted that he never understood the plot. It would have been fun to turn him loose on “Gumshoe” which by comparison makes “The Big Sleep” seem like an exercise in clarity. Albert Finney stars as a bingo caller and aspiring comic who advertises himself as a private eye. Lured to a hotel room, he’s handed a parcel containing a thousand pounds, a gun and some photos. Why? He has no idea and neither does the audience. But it does lead to an encounter with a self-styled hit man and a dead body in his bedroom. Why? Again, no one has a clue. Eventually, the mystery centers on a drug-addicted fat man, Finney’s obnoxious brother played by Frank Finlayson, shipments of arms to Africa and a weird book store which is managed either by a nymphet or a thug. Throughout the confusion, much to his credit, Finney acts as if it all makes sense. In fact, his performance is thoroughly entertaining. Which “Gumshoe” would be if it was only comprehensible.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 26 min (86 min)
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director Stephen Frears
Writer Neville Smith
Actors Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay
Country United Kingdom
Awards Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film 3 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm