The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
Thursday, October 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (Universal, 1982 – Rated PG)
Director Carl Reiner and Steve Martin collaborated on this film noir parody with Martin playing Private Detective Rigby Reardon, who is trying to solve the murder of a scientist while falling in love with the victim’s daughter (Rachel Ward). The likes of Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Lana Turner, Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart interact with the detective via black-and-white footage shot by Reiner and cinematographer Michael Chapman, matched to vintage clips from 1940s movies. Eight-time Academy Award-winner Edith Head in her final film credit designed the costumes (Head was the costume designer for six of the films featured within the picture), while Miklos Rozsa, in his role as musical composer, also add to the authenticity of the production. A film veteran, he had composed scores for four of the films used in “Dead Men.”
Seven of the eighteen classic detective/film noir thrillers featured in the movie will be shown at the Packard Campus Theater the first two weeks of October, bookended by screenings of “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.”
For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.