The Jerk Lonely Guy Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

07/05/2007
  |  Buy to Own: 07/05/2007
  |  340 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Steve Martin comedy triple. In his big-screen debut 'The Jerk' (1979), Martin stars as Navin Johnson, who has never quite fitted in with his poor black sharecropper family. The reason for this is finally revealed to him when he comes of age; he is an adopted white child (yes, he's going to stay that colour), which might also explain why he gets so depressed when his brother sings the blues. Deciding to seek his fortune in the big wide world, Navin sets off on a series of misadventures. He gets his first job working as petrol pump attendant at Harry Hartounian (Jackie Mason)'s garage, escapes to the circus and finds true love with the beautiful Marie (Bernadette Peters). But the big time really arrives when Navin makes millions as inventor of the opti-grab spectacles. His future wealth and happiness are assured, and it seems that nothing could possibly go wrong. Could it? In 'The Lonely Guy' (1984) writer Larry (Martin) is beginning to feel depressed and lonely after discovering his sexpot girlfriend in bed with another man. His feeling of isolation is reinforced after an encounter with fellow sad loner Warren (Charles Grodin), who advises him to buy a fern for company and give up all hope of ever finding another life partner. However, after penning a manual based on his experiences Larry once again finds romance... but for how long? 'Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid' (1982) is a noir spoof based around cleverly edited clips from the films of Hollywood's golden era. Rigby Reardon (Martin) is a down-on-his-luck private eye hired by Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) to investigate the suspicious death of her father, a noted scientist and cheesemaker. Reardon is soon interacting with suspicious characters portrayed by such stars of yore as James Cagney, Alan Ladd, Charles Laughton, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner and Veronica Lake.