Film Review – GUMSHOE (1971)

Gumshoe (1971; UK; Eastmancolor; 86m) ∗∗∗½  d. Stephen Frears; w. Neville Smith; ph. Chris Menges; m. Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Cast: Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay, Janice Rule, Carolyn Seymour, Fulton Mackay, George Innes, George Silver, Bill Dean, Wendy Richard, Maureen Lipman. A nightclub bingo caller eager for a career change advertises himself as a private eye in the newspaper. Affectionate pastiche of classic private eye thrillers. Finney excels as the night club host who fantasises he is a PI in the Bogart mould. Convoluted plot populated by mysterious characters carried along by a witty script full of acerbic wisecracks. [12]