The Donovan Murder File

Posted By: Bryan

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So this is probably my favorite movie… a precursor to my love of the Noir genre long before I had taken a noir film class, or seen such classics as L.A. Confidential, The Maltese Falcon, Chinatown, etc. Unfortunately, it is probably our most controversial movie as well. I play a Chinese-Japanese-Italian-American who talks like Gedde Watanabe, and who implies that all black people live on skid row. In fact, for years I have wanted to retool the script to feature length and make a feature length period noir comedy, but Nathan considers this film SO racially insensitive, that he refuses to reprise the role of Ace Hart. If you get an uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach watching this movie, I assure you, it is only because American Adult culture has taught you we need to be “all-PC all the time.” Dan, Nathan, Lenny, Oliver, and I were not doing anything racially insensitive, racially or socially regressive, misogynistic, or vulgar… we were, as teenagers of 13 and 14 years old, doing what was funny, and what got laughs in the “writer’s room” (which was basically a role-playing stage play version of DMF we put on for each other the night before). If you are offended by this movie that 5 good hearted teenagers made to make their friends and family laugh, I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t think we can be friends.


  • Nathan Miller: Ace Hart
  • Bryan Ghingold: Ricotta Manicotti
  • Dan Feigenblatt: Egg Foo Young
  • Lenny Stonionis: Tatsu, Rabbi Lenny
  • Oliver Ghingold: Mennin Dojo (Man IN Dojo)

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