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The Man with Bogart's Face (also called Sam Marlowe, Private Eye) is a 1980 American comedy film, released by 20th Century Fox and based on a novel of the same name. Andrew J. Fenady, author of the novel, produced the film and wrote the screenplay.

The Man with Bogart's Face
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Directed byRobert Day
Produced byAndrew J. Fenady
Written byAndrew J. Fenady
StarringRobert Sacchi
Victor Buono
Yvonne De Carlo
Herbert Lom
Mike Mazurki
Michelle Phillips
George Raft
Misty Rowe
Sybil Danning
Music byGeorge Duning
John Beal
CinematographyRichard C. Glouner
Edited byHouseley Stevenson Jr.
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • October 3, 1980 (1980-10-03)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2 million[1]

Plot summaryEdit

A man calling himself Sam Marlowe (Robert Sacchi) has his face altered to resemble that of his idol, Humphrey Bogart, and then opens a detective agency. At first he and his secretary Duchess (Misty Rowe) have meager business, but things pick up after a shooting puts Sam's picture in the paper. Some ruthless people, who are coincidentally also similar to characters in Bogart films (and played by Victor Buono, Herbert Lom, and Michelle Phillips), are after a priceless set of blue sapphires called the Eyes of Alexander (from a statue of Alexander the Great), and Marlowe and Duchess are caught in the middle of it all.




The film was released on DVD by Image Entertainment on July 10, 2007. This release has since been out of print and it is now rather difficult to find a complete version on home media. A 95-minute broadcast network television airing is available on YouTube.


  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p259
  2. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0.

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