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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a 1982 neo-noir comedy-mystery film directed by Carl Reiner. Starring Steve Martin and Rachel Ward, the film is both a parody of and a homage to film noir and the pulp detective movies of the 1940s. The title refers to Martin's character telling a story about a woman obsessed with plaid in a scene that was ultimately cut from the film.

Plot

Juliet Forrest, the daughter of noted scientist and cheesemaker John Hay Forrest, asks private investigator Rigby Reardon to investigate her father's death, which she believes to have been murdered. Searching Dr. Forrest's lab Rigby finds two lists, one titled "Friends of Carlotta" (FOC) and the other "Enemies of Carlotta" (EOC), as well as an affectionately autographed photo of singer Kitty Collins, whose name appears on one of the lists. His search is interrupted by a man posing as an exterminator, who shoots Rigby in the arm and takes the lists from the seemingly dead investigator.