Watch Now: SHAMUS
From Playhouse 90 and The Twilight Zone director Seymour ‘Buzz’ Kulik, in 1973 there came a precious comedy thriller called Shamus. Starring Burt Reynolds and Dyan Cannon, it’s a story of a New York private eye called Shamus McCoy who is hired by an eccentric diamond dealer to recover some stolen jewelry, but incessantly hits a brick wall whenever he tries to go deeper into the case. Written by Barry Beckerman, Shamus is an action-packed, often funny journey well worth embarking on.
Producer Robert M. Weitman, who had a multi-picture deal with Columbia, wanted to go with Reynolds even though Steve McQueen was suggested at one point. “To me, Reynolds had always worked. I looked at things he’d done and said ‘He’s funny. He throws away lines like a Kleenex. He was like a hidden iceberg.” Reynolds’ involvement in the picture brought Dyan Cannon out of her semi-retirement, as she was eager to share the screen with him. Their chemistry and talent are what makes the film work, delivering a highly entertaining story of double-crosses and dead ends. Even though the film didn’t do all that well at the box office, Reynolds later remembered it as “not a bad film, kind of cute”.