From Hollywood to Deadwood (1988)

Genres - Mystery, Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Release Date - Oct 13, 1989 (USA)  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

From Hollywood to Deadwood is an agreeable private-eye yarn, at once a spoof and a tribute to the film noir output of the 1940s. Detectives Savage and Haines (Scott Paulin, Jim Haynes) are hired to locate Lana Dark (Barbara Schock), a movie actress whose absence is costing her studio tons of money. The two Sherlocks follow the evidence trail to Deadwood, South Dakota. Here, Savage begins a one-sided romance with the restless Lana. He learns that her disappearance was all part of an insurance scam. He further learns that now that he knows all, his life, not to mention the lives of Haines and Lana, aren't worth a plug nickel. Though the film wastes no time with inessentials, we learn a lot more about the emotional and psychological makeup of the three protagonists than is customary for films of this nature.



actor, insurance-scam, missing-person, private-detective