The Late Show
The Late Show (1977)

Robert Benton's film The Late Show stars Art Carney as Ira Wells, an over-the-hill private detective who reluctantly teams with the eccentric Margo Sperling (Lily Tomlin) to solve the murder of his partner Harry Regan (Howard Duff).

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 10, 1977
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
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Kenneth Turan
Washington Post

The Late Show has the grace to allow us to see the craft and competence that remains in [Wells].

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Scott Weinberg

An odd and sneakily enjoyable little flick. Tomlin & Carney make a great pair.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

A loose, funny and crafty detective flick with an unusual cast.

Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

The Late Show is the best picture in town, the nicest takeoff on 1940s private eye films since Gumshoe.

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

A great idea of the genius of Robert Benton to come.

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Carney and Tomlin make a fine odd couple in this tip of the hat to old-time detective thrillers.

David Cornelius

The Late Show is a masterpiece disguised as a fluffy mystery-comedy.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The Late Show is a detective flick that modestly delivers more than one expects.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Charming crime comedy with Carney and Tomlin a wonderfully off beat pair, their chemistry makes this a delight. A real sleeper.
Danny Rovira
Robert Benton's sardonic, affectionate homage to the private-eye films of the 40's and 50's. it benefits greatly by the moving, magnificent… More
Anthony Valletta
Nice bit of Film Noir with Carney as an aging PI getting mixed up with the nutty Lily Tomlin to find who killed his former partner. Plot may sound familiar,… More