City Heat

Synopsis: Kansas City in the 1930s: private investigator Mike Murphy's partner is brutally murdered when he tries to blackmail a mobster with his secret accounting records. When a rival gang boss goes after the missing records, ex-policeman Murphy is forced to team up again with his ex-partner Lieutenant Speer, even though they can't stand each other, to fight both gangs before KC erupts in a mob war.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Richard Benjamin
Production: Warner Home Video
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min





Evening, Lieutenant.

- Louie.


- Yeah.

Forget it, Lieutenant.

The free refills were killing me anyway.

Mike Murphy been in yet?

- Who?

- Murphy. Michael.

Uh, I don't know him, pal.

That's funny.

I hear he eats here every night.

Murray, you say?

Murphy, brick brain.

Your ears need unplugging?

- So?

- No, he ain't been in yet.


I'll wait.



Damn. Damn.

Hello, Louie.

Got an emergency.

They need your meat loaf

down at the river.

The levee's got a hole in it,

and meat loaf's the only thing

that can stop it up for a year.



Somebody left the cage door open, huh?

It's out.

What's the occasion?

Archie, how you doing?


- Not too bad. And you?

Not too bad.


- How's the stew?

Not too good.

That's too bad.

I was really counting on the stew.

I had my mouth kind of set on it,

you know. I'll try The Ritz.

Maybe not.

- This here is Archie.

- Really? Ain't that peculiar?

- What?

- See, Archie,

we're looking for a gumshoe

named Mike Murphy.

Guy about your size

with a mustache like you.

Even drives a Model A Roadster like you,

with the same license plate, too.

Now, ain't that peculiar?

Yeah, that's peculiar.


They're a couple of cupcakes.

I guess this wouldn't work again.


Oh, Speer.

Lieutenant, aren't you gonna do anything?

How about a refill?

He can take care of himself.

I'm not disturbing you, am I?

I got a situation here.

I know we're not really close

anymore, but let by...



- You back?

- (CHOKING) F***, yes, I'm back.

You know why I'm back?

Because I'm being killed.

What are you gawking at?



- You waiting for them to kill me?

- They competitors?

Or did you just have your nose

in the wrong ass?

- There's plenty left for you, you know.

- Say when.

Mike, please. There's not much left.

Anytime, Speer.

Until then, you watch your step.

You hear me?

What are you talking about?

I'm talking about rumors of a cheap,

frayed-collar, hole-in-the-shoe peeper

who's trying to climb in bed

with the wrong kind of snot balls.

Of course, that wouldn't be you.

You're too much of a fancy Dan.


- I'll be watching.

- I'm shaking.

So long, shorty.

You pathetic son of a b*tch!

He's so pathetic.

I turned in my badge, you know.

I got my own... I got my own office now!

I got my name in gold!

You're just jealous!

You're so insecure, it's unbelievable!

Is this frayed?


How you doing, boss?

- Fine, fine, doing fine.

- All righty.

- Keep the change.

- Thanks a million. Much obliged.

The finance company just called.

Those mugs last night were after your car.

- Repo guys?

- Uh-huh.

Seems they don't enjoy their work

as much as they used to.

You owe $98.98, Mike.

It's the cash or the keys.


- Mahoney.

- Who?

The landlord.

Do I have to do everything myself?

I told you to send that check

in weeks ago.

Oh, my gosh!

You know what I can't stand?

It's irresponsibility.

- I know. I'm so...

Still singing that song, Murphy?

Ain't never worked.

Ain't never gonna work.

You remember my silent

and invisible partner, Mr. Swift.

We thought you were Mahoney,

president of

the Landlord's Malevolent Association.

- Behind in our rent again.

- The word is "still."

Well, tell Mr. Mahoney

to fix the plumbing,

or we're gonna move

to a better class of dump.

Mike, catch me. I'm gonna faint.

And I suppose Murphy and Swift

are financially delinquent

with regards to their secretary.

- Somewhat.

- One week, two weeks?

- Three.

- For shame.

- Months.

- Oh, now that's what I call loyalty.

And a little bonus. How's that?

Addy, take a letter somewhere.

Yes, sir, Mr. Murphy. Sir.

Ah, yes.

Free Spirit in the seventh.


You've never been that lucky,

and you ain't that smart.

- People change.

- Not you.

I heard a rumor about you last night.

Tale telling, Mike? (SCOFFS)

- I didn't figure you were the type.

- Snot balls play hard.

It warms my cockles knowing you care.

You're not that good, Dehl.


Hello. Hey, sugar. Fine.

Tonight at 8:

Okay. Bye-bye.

Gotta breeze, Mike.

Promises to keep and all.

Oh, by the way,

don't be surprised if you receive

a little bonus real soon, my friend.

Why would that happen?

Well, maybe because

you're the only guy around

who's got trouble telling dark from light.

- Take care of yourself.

- Oh, yeah.


Don't spend it all in one place.

I won't even ask.

- I appreciate that.

- Here.

That's your bonus.

I'm investing in the company.

Can't do much detecting without a car.


Thank you.

I'll see you.




It's all arranged.

You must not give it to Pitt

before I've gone.

Tomorrow night.



Ginny, baby.


If it's worth $25,000 to Primo Pitt,

then it's worth twice that much

to Leon Coll.

- Dehl.

- Why not?

You know why not.

If you double-cross Pitt...

I got protection from Coll.

Now listen, when you finish here,

meet me back at my place, okay?


- Please don't do this.


Come on, baby, stop worrying.

In 48 hours, you'll have

everything you ever wanted.

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Blake Edwards

William Blake Crump (July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010), better known by his stage name Blake Edwards, was an American filmmaker. Edwards began his career in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon began writing screenplays and radio scripts before turning to producing and directing in television and films. His best-known films include Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, 10, Victor/Victoria, and the hugely successful Pink Panther film series with British actor Peter Sellers. Often thought of as primarily a director of comedies, he also directed several drama, musical, and detective films. Late in his career, he transitioned to writing, producing, and directing for theater. In 2004, he received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his writing, directing, and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen. more…

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