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Doctor Detroit
     

Doctor Detroit

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Director: Michael Pressman, Dan Aykroyd, Howard Hesseman, T.K. Carter

Cast: Michael Pressman, Dan Aykroyd, Howard Hesseman, T.K. Carter

 

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A college professor named Clifford Skridlow (Dan Aykroyd goes undercover as a Chicago pimp disguised by a bushy wig in this comedy from director Michael Pressman. When Smooth Walker (Howard Hesseman gets hunted by his gangster rival, Mom (Kate Murtagh), he foists his bevy of hookers on the professor. Among the four hookers who are suddenly in his undercover life are

Overview

A college professor named Clifford Skridlow (Dan Aykroyd goes undercover as a Chicago pimp disguised by a bushy wig in this comedy from director Michael Pressman. When Smooth Walker (Howard Hesseman gets hunted by his gangster rival, Mom (Kate Murtagh), he foists his bevy of hookers on the professor. Among the four hookers who are suddenly in his undercover life are Fran Drescher in an early role as an archetypal Jewish princess, and Donna Dixon as another of the high-class call-girls (Dixon and Aykroyd were later married).

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Doctor Detroit is not one of the classic entries in the Dan Aykroyd filmography. The story isn't terribly complex, the premise relies on a lot of sitcom-style schtick, and Michael Pressman's direction is slick but rather impersonal. However, comedy fans might be surprised by just how engaging Doctor Detroit is. Just when it seems like a viewer can write it off, it delivers a surprising, throwaway bit of dialogue or an engaging, well-played gag. The key to the film is its engaging cast of ensemble players, who create a nice sense of interplay that draws the viewer into the genially goofy premise. Aykroyd delivers plenty of energy and laughs in his dual roles, T.K. Carter makes an excellent foil, and Kate Murtagh makes for an amusingly unconventional villain. Also worthy of note are scene-stealing supporting performances from Fran Drescher as the craftiest of the "working girls" and Howard Hesseman as their wayward but clever "business manager." Besides, it is virtually impossible to dislike a movie that features a special musical number performed by James Brown and a theme song by Devo. In short, Doctor Detroit is a trifle, but it's a very entertaining trifle.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
UPC:
0025192491528
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
11,782

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Aykroyd Clifford Skridlow
Howard Hesseman Smooth Walker
T.K. Carter Diavolo Washington
Donna Dixon Monica McNeil
Lynn Whitfield Thelma Cleland
Lydia Lei Jasmine Wu
Fran Drescher Karen Blittstein
Kate Murtagh Mom
George Furth Arthur Skridlow
Nan Martin Margaret Skridlow
Andrew Duggan Harmon Rousehorn
James Brown Bandleader
Parley Baer Judge
Lynda Aldon Actor
Peter Aykroyd Actor
Sue Bowser Actor
Derrick Brice Actor
Cheryl Carter Actor
Oliver Clark Actor
Robert Cornthwaite Prof. Blount
Blackie Dammett Actor
Peter Elbing Actor
Ben Frommer Actor
Michael Hagerty Actor
Glenne Headly Miss Debbylike
Vincent J. Isaac Actor
Carlton Johnson Actor
John Kapelos Actor
Lance Kinsey Actor
Ben Kronen Actor
Toni Naples Actor
Diane Robin Actor
Hank Salas Johnny
James Spinks Actor
Robert Swan Actor
Steven Williams Actor
Thomas O. Erhart Actor
Frank G. Rice Actor
Keny Long Actor
Phillip Borsos Rush Street Dude
Jim Brown Himself

Technical Credits
Michael Pressman Director
Dan Aykroyd Screenwriter
King Baggot Cinematographer
Robert Boris Screenwriter
Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
Devo Songwriter
Bruce Jay Friedman Original Story,Screenwriter
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Carl Gottlieb Screenwriter
Christopher Greenbury Editor
Peter V. Herald Associate Producer
Carlton Johnson Choreography
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Robert Weiss Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Doctor Detroit
1. Taking a Jog (Main Titles) [6:15]
2. Strict Mom [3:39]
3. Lucky Invitation [5:20]
4. Public Servants [7:33]
5. Dream Job [3:32]
6. Hitting the Road [4:04]
7. Faculty Counceling [3:17]
8. Western Justice [4:30]
9. Standing Up to Mom [4:28]
10. All for Sale [4:01]
11. Bold Impersonation [4:55]
12. Scare Tactics [6:45]
13. Well-Endowed [4:36]
14. Authentic Catering [5:49]
15. Special Arrangements [2:54]
16. The Doctor is In [6:44]
17. Charitable Contribution [8:41]
18. End Titles [3:09]

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Doctor Detroit 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This early eighties comedy may be one of akroyeds better comedies since "Trading Places" and "Couch Trip" This under rated movie gets the DVD treatment for the first time and it's about time. A completely charming comedy with a lot of big stars you will reconize and Dan Akroyed's performance as Doctor Detroit is worth the price of the DVD alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago