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Peter Falk is so great as a classic hardboiled detective type


If you don't get enough of it in Murder by Death, this flick will definitely set you up. I think what makes it work so well is that Falk could have played the type straight had he wanted to, in the same way Spaceballs works because Bill Pullman could have played a genuine space hero in a straight-up sci fi flick. It's not impossible to imagine say Chinatown starring Falk rather than Nicholson. Let me qualify that by saying Nicholson is great.

I love Columbo, but he's distinctly seventies, whereas Sam and Lou are very 30's/40's noirish.

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...could concur....

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agree. got the right style.



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and the best 'Prop' for the role... The Classic Military style 'Rain Coat' and the Hat (Tilted - of course).

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I thought that Peter Falk did Humphrey Bogart just right. In fact I think he could be thought of as the poor man's Humph after watching this movie. Shabbier than Phillip Marlowe or Columbo, he is great as Lou.

It's not been mentioned on this board as far as I can see, so I will also give a mention to John Houseman as Blubber. He does an extremely good impression of Sydney Greenstreet from 'Casablanca' and 'The Maltese Falcon.' "By gad sir."

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