Starring: Jordi Vilasuso, Abigail Titmuss and Richard Neil
Directed by: Peter Daskaloff
Running time: 1 hr 21 mins
While a man sits sadly on the edge of a bed, two beautiful women begin to experiment with each other. Suddenly they are interrupted by the sound of a single gunshot. Thus begins the noir-ish drama “Clyde Cooper.”
A slickly shot mystery, the plot finds the title private investigator (Vilasuso, a staple the past 15-years on various daytime soap operas) being asked to help a smitten gentleman find a woman who, despite only knowing her for a few days, has become, in his mind, THE one. Cooper takes the case only to discover that there is a lot more going on then meets the eye. People aren’t who the seem to be and, as the bodies begin to pile up, Cooper discovers a twist in the case that adds a new dimension to the film.
The script, by director Daskaloff, gives Cooper some nice throw-away lines and it’s a credit to Vilasuso’s talent that he comes off as a well intentioned wise ass instead of a boor. Production credits are strong and whoever came up with the idea of a house with a piano key stairway – one that plays when you’re going up or down – deserves to never be without a job. An entertaining musical score by Jonathan Price helps keep the action flowing.