Comedy thrillers are a cross-genre that draw subject matter generally from comedy and thrillers. They often include a darker tone, relative to other genres, of humor. Just like regular thrillers, they often involve either organized crime or espionage.
Examples of comedy thrillers in films, plays and novels are Charade, The Thin Man, The Lady Vanishes, In Bruges, Silver Streak, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, No Way to Treat a Lady, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Kshana Kshanam, The Big Fix, Lucky Number Slevin, Deathtrap, The Ladykillers, Hopscotch, Welcome to Collinwood, The King of Comedy and A Simple Favor.
Another Thin Man is a 1939 American film, the third of six in the Thin Man series. It again stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, and is based on the writings of Dashiell Hammett. Their son, Nicky Jr., is also introduced in the film. The cast includes their terrier Asta, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger, C. Aubrey Smith, Ruth Hussey, Nat Pendleton, Patric Knowles, Sheldon Leonard, Tom Neal, Phyllis Gordon and Marjorie Main. Shemp Howard appears in an uncredited role as "Wacky".The film was originally promoted in the United States under the title of Return of the Thin Man, and was followed by Shadow of the Thin Man (1941).Buddha Mil Gaya
Buddha Mil Gaya (lit. The old man is found) is a 1971 Hindi-language comedy thriller film, produced by L.B. Thakur and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.The film stars Om Prakash, Navin Nischol, Archana, Sonia Sahni, Deven Verma, Aruna Irani, Asit Sen and Lalita Pawar. The music is by R.D. Burman and the lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.Deathtrap (play)
Deathtrap is a play written by Ira Levin in 1978 with many plot twists and which references itself as a play within a play. It is in two acts with one set and five characters. It holds the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway, and was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play. Deathtrap was well received by many and has been frequently revived. It was adapted into a film starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine, and Dyan Cannon in 1982.Dhol (film)
Dhol (English: Drum) is a 2007 Indian Hindi comedy thriller film directed by Priyadarshan, and produced under the Percept Picture Company. The film stars Tusshar Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Khemu, Rajpal Yadav, Tanushree Dutta and Om Puri in lead roles while Arbaaz Khan, Abhimanyu Singh, Payal Rohatgi, Murali Sharma, Asrani and Tiku Talsania are featured in supporting yet crucial roles. The movie is a remake of 1990 Malayalam film In Harihar Nagar written by Siddique-Lal which was already remade in Hindi in 1993 as Parda Hai Parda starring Chunky Pandey. The film released on 21 September 2007, and received mixed response from critics upon release; however, it was a moderate box office success.Final Appointment
Final Appointment is a 1954 British comedy thriller film directed by Terence Fisher, and starring John Bentley, Eleanor Summerfield and Hubert Gregg. It also featured Arthur Lowe, later to become famous for his portrayal of Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army, in an early role. The film was produced by Francis Searle for Act Films Ltd, and was released in the U.S. as The Last Appointment. A sequel, Stolen Assignment, also featuring sleuthing journalists Mike Billings and Jenny Drew, appeared the following year.Game Night (film)
Game Night is a 2018 American black comedy thriller film directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and written by Mark Perez. It stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, and follows a group of friends whose game night turns into a real-life mystery after one of them is kidnapped by apparent burglars. The film's supporting cast includes Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Michael C. Hall, and Kyle Chandler.
Warner Bros. Pictures released the film on February 23, 2018. It was a commercial and critical success, grossing $117 million worldwide and receiving praise for its dark humor and performances. Plemons, whose performance was highlighted by many critics, was nominated for the Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor.Hello, My Name is Cox
Hello, My Name is Cox (German: Gestatten, mein Name ist Cox) is a 1955 West German comedy crime film directed by Georg Jacoby and starring Johannes Heesters, Claude Borelli and Kurt Meisel. It is an adaptation of the novel Gestatten, mein Name ist Cox by Rolf and Alexandra Becker.Homegrown (film)
Homegrown is a 1998 American comedy-drama thriller film directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and starring Billy Bob Thornton, John Lithgow and Hank Azaria.Into the Night (film)
Into the Night is a 1985 American comedy thriller film directed by John Landis, starring Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film has a large number of cameo appearances made by various filmmakers and directors, including Landis himself. The soundtrack features the songs "Into the Night", "In the Midnight Hour" and "Lucille", performed by B.B. King.Lucky Ghost
Lucky Ghost is a 1942 American film directed by William Beaudine. The film is a sequel to the 1941 film Mr. Washington Goes to Town.The film is also known as Lady Luck (new American title).Otley (film)
Otley is a 1968 British comedy thriller film, starring Tom Courtenay and Romy Schneider. It was adapted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais from a book by Martin Waddell, and released by Columbia Pictures.Run Baby Run (2012 film)
Run Baby Run (sometimes presented as Run Babby Run) is a 2012 Malayalam action comedy thriller film directed by Joshiy, produced by Milan Jaleel and distributed by Galaxy Films. Written by Sachy of the Sachi-Sethu duo, it stars Mohanlal and Amala Paul. The cinematography was done by R. D. Rajasekhar.
The film, which was set in the backdrop of news media, has Mohanlal playing the role of a channel cameraman Venu and Amala Paul that of a senior editor Renuka. The story traces their relationship and professional conflicts. It released worldwide on 29 August 2012. The film was one of the highest grossed Malayalam film of 2012.Silver Streak (film)
Silver Streak is a 1976 American comedy-thriller film about a murder on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train journey. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, and Richard Pryor, with Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty, Clifton James, and Richard Kiel in supporting roles. The film score is by Henry Mancini. This film marked the first pairing of Wilder and Pryor, who were later paired in three more films.Sleuth (play)
Sleuth is a 1970 play written by Anthony Shaffer. The Broadway production received the Tony Award for Best Play, and Anthony Quayle and Keith Baxter received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance. The play was adapted for feature films in 1972, 2007 and 2014.Strange Boarders
Strange Boarders is a 1938 British comedy thriller film, directed by Herbert Mason, produced by Edward Black for Gainsborough Pictures, and starring Tom Walls, Renée Saint-Cyr, Googie Withers and Ronald Adam. The film is an adaptation of the 1934 espionage novel The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim, and was well received by critics. The Los Angeles Times described it as "a long series of laughs as well as thrills".Subway (film)
Subway is a 1985 French comedy drama film directed by Luc Besson and starring Isabelle Adjani and Christopher Lambert. The film is classified as part of the cinema du look movement.The Ghost of St. Michael's
The Ghost of St. Michael’s is a 1941 British comedy-thriller film, produced by Ealing Studios.
The film's star Will Hay replaced his old sidekicks Graham Moffatt and Moore Marriott in his previous film, Where's That Fire? with comedian Claude Hulbert as his new sidekick for this film. Hay and Hulbert would act together again in My Learned Friend two years later.Trade Winds (film)
Trade Winds is a 1938 American comedy film distributed by United Artists, directed by Tay Garnett, and starring Fredric March and Joan Bennett, with a supporting cast featuring Thomas Mitchell, Ralph Bellamy, and Ann Southern. The screenplay was written by Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, and Frank R. Adams, based on story by Tay Garnett.Venky
Venky is a 2004 Telugu comedy thriller film that released on 26 March 2004 and was directed by Srinu Vaitla and produced by Atluri Purnachandra Rao. Ravi Teja and Sneha played the lead roles. Devi Sri Prasad composed music for the film.Srinu Vaitla's first film association with writers Kona Venkat and Gopimohan happened with this film.
The film was later dubbed into Hindi as Police Police in 2009. The movie was a super hit at the box office. It gained mass following to the actor Raviteja. Especially the comedy of the movie is Very well received by audience.
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