For some reason, the noir detective — and the companion trope of sky — is easy to turn comedic. One of the tried and true techniques is the Nick Charles model of coolness, plus joke lines intended directly for the viewer not the on-screen companion.
I cannot recall the earlier versions with Chase, and possibly have not seen them. This seems to carry the model well enough: quips, comic characters, an easy seductive being, anti-noir confidence throughout.
But for me these things only work if the source that it is parodying is referenced. ‘The Thin Man’ did that. This does not.
Posted in 2022
Ted’s Evaluation — 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.