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The Swimmer: Not Waving But Drowning

On a beautiful Autumn Sunday morning in upstate Connecticut, a middle-aged virile man, Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) emerges from the trees. Clad only in swimming trunks, he approaches old friends gathered around their back yard pool. Greeted warmly but with some surprise, he announces cheerily that he intends to swim home via a chain of similar pools in […]

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Funny Noir: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

In 1982, director Carl Reiner, funny guy Steve Martin and co-writer George Gipe conspired to create a homage to, and pastiche of, the classic film noir and pulp detective films of 40′s and 50′s Hollywood. The result was “the stuff that (hilarious) dreams are made of.” Steve Martin plays Private Eye Rigby Reardon, hired to […]

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