Gumshoe (1971)

“Come rain or hail or sleet or snow, the Pinkertons are on the go.” – Eddie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An aspiring comedian in England who has always been enamored by detective stories decides to try his hand as a private eye despite having no real experience.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I came across by accident and was quite curious to see what it was all about especially given the fact that it stars Albert Finney.

Unfortunately, the story itself isn’t as interesting as one might hope for it to be.

The story follows a predictable path throughout and the lack of experience in this field for the character is actually detrimental to the plot instead of helping it.

He quickly gets in over his head and let’s things get way out of hand.

The way that the plot twists together both his professional and personal life is also a bit unnerving since it fails to really give the viewer something more engaging and entertaining to watch unfold.

The story itself doesn’t seem to flow very well and things come across as being quite choppy as it plays out.

The one bright spot here is the music by Andrew Lloyd Webber that adds a bit to the atmosphere, but it unfortunately isn’t enough to help make it even more enjoyable to watch as things progress.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Debut music score composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This included the song “Baby, You’re Good for Me” with lyrics written by regular lyricist collaborator Tim Rice. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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