‘Detective’ directive

Helmer Gordon bows Downey Jr. pic in Gotham

NEW YORK — Sexy nurses offered partygoers lollipops and doses of alcohol-laced medicine during Thursday night’s after-bow bash for “The Singing Detective” at a former bank in downtown Gotham. Helmer Keith Gordon said it was hard to say whether the late scribe Dennis Potter would have appreciated the ambience, inspired by his story about a bedridden crime novelist slipping in and out of consciousness in a hospital, constructing a drug-induced, film noir storyline. “He was something of a curmudgeon. He’d either be chasing women into the corner or saying, ‘I don’t want to be here,’ ” Gordon explained.

Attending the Gotham premiere were several of the pic’s stars, including headliner Robert Downey Jr.

Sitting in a corner booth at the preem party, Downey said it was great working with an ensemble cast, and that the experience reminded him of working on Robert Altman‘s “Short Cuts.”

Taking handshakes of congrats at the party, Paramount Classics co-prexys Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein called Downey’s performance “singular.” Other notables enjoying the party were directors James Toback, Peter Bogdanovich, James Woods, Darren Aronofsky and Ralph Macchio.

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