Albert Finney (as near-delusional wanna-be Private Eye Eddie Ginley) takes a job then opens a package on board a Liverpool bus, in director Stephen Frears' Gumshoe, 1971.
Albert Finney (as Eddie Ginley) waxes comic-noir, narrating in the opening of director Stephen Frears' first feature Gumshoe, 1971, co-starring Carolyn Seymour and Frank Finlay.
Aspiring private-eye Eddie (Albert Finney) visits his mark, Ms. Wyatt (Carolyn Seymour) in a Liverpool university library in an early scene from director Stephen Frears' Gumshoe, 1971.
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Ginley (Albert Finney) is a nightclub bingo caller eager for a career change. On his thirty-first birthday, he advertises himself as a private eye in the newspaper. He dons a trench coat, and begins engaging others in rapid-fire dialogue as if he were Humphrey Bogart, or some Dashiell Hammett creation. Soon after, Ginley is phoned by a fat man, who gives him a package containing a gun, a photograph, and a large sum of money. Eventually Ginley is investigating a case involving smuggling of weapons as well as drugs. Ginley also finds himself at odds with his unsupportive brother, who offers Ginley payment to break off his investigations. Eventually Ginley learns of his brother-in-law's involvement in the crimes at hand. Ginley faces a series of daunting tasks: solving the crimes, bringing justice to the smugglers (and a murderer), as well as maintaining his safety and sanity in the process.
Albert Finney stars as a bingo-caller who, bored with his mundane existence, takes out a newspaper ad offering his services as a private detective. In no time at all, Finney finds himself involved in a series of plots and counterplots.
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