A spoof? A black comedy? Michael Hodges and Michael Caine’s hardboiled ‘foreign intrigue’ comedy lays on the movie references and clever dialogue, going the distance in the arcane, hipster-noir subgenre. Caine is always good in that mode, and Mickey Rooney gets a supporting role that can only be called bizarre. Featuring a gallery of noir-lite suspects: Lionel Stander, Lizabeth Scott, Al Lettieri. And Hey, Richard A. Smith, it’s filmed in Malta (personal reference). Available on Blu-ray; reviewed on DVD from Arrow Video.