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This Girl for Hire (1983)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery | TV Movie 1 November 1983
In this pilot for a proposed TV series, B.T. Brady is a flippant, but somewhat klutzy female private detective in Hollywood who sets out to solve the murder of a obnoxious mystery writer. ... See full summary »


Jerry Jameson


Terry Louise Fisher (teleplay), Steve Brown (teleplay) | 5 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bess Armstrong ... B.T. Brady
Celeste Holm ... Zandra Stoneham
Cliff De Young ... Lieutenant Phil Hansen
Hermione Baddeley ... Edwina Gaylord
Scott Brady ... Mitch Dillon
Howard Duff ... Wolfe Macready
José Ferrer ... Harrison Wooly (as Jose Ferrer)
Beverly Garland ... Evan Picard
Roddy McDowall ... Manfred Hayes
Percy Rodrigues ... Jonathan Eastman
Ray Walston ... Abner Litto
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Eddie (as Elisha Cook)
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Maurice
Fredric Lehne ... Peter (as Frederick Lehne)
George Reynolds George Reynolds ... Garth


In this pilot for a proposed TV series, B.T. Brady is a flippant, but somewhat klutzy female private detective in Hollywood who sets out to solve the murder of a obnoxious mystery writer. Along the way, Brady gets help from her flamboyant mother Zandra, a washed-up actress, as well as Brady's live-in boyfriend Wolfe who runs a memorabilia shop. Written by Anonymous

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She was a private eye, with a style all her own.


Comedy | Mystery


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Release Date:

1 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B.T. Brady, Privatdetektivin See more »

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Production Co:

Orion Television See more »
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Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was shot as the pilot of a TV series that was not picked up. See more »


[first lines]
B.T. Brady: [narrating] It had been one of those 48 hour days, I'd spent it chasing down blind alleys with a pro quarterback who was being blackmailed. I knew when I took the case I'd find it was just some fan's prank. But I'd never been down a blind alley with a Los Angelos Ram before and a little touch football sounded like fun. It was.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Lady private eye... some surprises.
26 March 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Bess Armstrong is P.I. BT Brady. Two years prior to "Moonlighting", but just AFTER "Remington Steele" had started, clearly the female detective was in the frying pan in hollywood. Some fun names in this film -- Celeste Holm (loved her in "All About Eve"), Hermione Baddeley (Maude's maid!), José Ferrer, Elisha Cook. Roddy McDowall and Ray Walston. some big names from hollywood history. Brady gets caught up in the murder investigation of a writer. She was one of the last to speak with him, and the cops want answers. It's all pretty wacky. Baddeley keeps babbling, and no-one knows what she's talking about, or why she is there. Apparently she is also a mystery writer, as was the dead man. And Litto (Walston) is mixed up in this somehow. It's not bad. keeps on rolling. a couple of running gags. and it picks up speed and gets more interesting in the second half. Directed by Jerry Jameson, who had also done LOTS of tv... and airport 77.

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