Doctor Detroit

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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 ...
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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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • UPC: 025192491528
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,797

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
Peter Aykroyd
Sue Bowser
Derrick Brice
Cheryl Carter
Oliver Clark
Robert Cornthwaite Prof. Blount
Blackie Dammett
Peter Elbing
Ben Frommer
Michael Hagerty
Glenne Headly Miss Debbylike
Vincent J. Isaac
Carlton Johnson
John Kapelos
Lance Kinsey
Ben Kronen
Toni Naples
Diane Robin
Hank Salas Johnny
James Spinks
Robert Swan
Steven Williams
Thomas O. Erhart Jr.
Frank G. Rice
Keny Long
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
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Doctor Detroit
   Scenes
   Languages
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doctor Detroit is BIG CITY Laughs

    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.

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