Lawrence Jamieson and Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Orion Pictures.

Steve Martin and Michael Caine are irresistible as a pair of rivals-turned-partners in Frank Oz’s endlessly inventive farce about womanizing con artists in the French Riviera. Caine’s Lawrence Jamieson is sophisticated and impressive, and Martin’s Freddy Benson cheap and crass.

When they try to team up to bilk Janet Colgate ( an excellent Glenne Headly), the naïve “United States Soap Queen” out of her millions, things don’t break as anyone expects. You’ll love this movie or my name isn’t Dr. Dr. Emil Schaffhausen.

This is a remake of 1964’s Bedtime Story, starring Marlon Brando, David Niven and Shirley Jones.

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