Cinema: Private Eye Pastiche

GUMSHOE

Directed by STEPHEN FREARS

Screenplay by NEVILLE SMITH

On the morning of his 31st birthday, Eddie Ginley visits his psychiatrist. "What do you want to do?" the doctor inquires. Eddie's answer is immediate: "I want to write The Maltese Falcon. I want to record Blue Suede Shoes. And I want to play Las Vegas."

Eddie (Albert Finney) hums a lot of '50s rock 'n' roll, and the closest he has got to Vegas is a workingman's club in Liverpool, where he works as a bingo caller and occasional stand-up comic, telling what might be...

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