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The Cheap Detective (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  23 June 1978 (USA)
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San Francisco, 1940, detectives, dames, documents, Nazis, and a treasure.

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Lou Peckinpaugh, the Cheap detective has entered a world that is half Casablanca and half Maltese Falcon. A parody of Bogart's films in which Lou goes through a series of scenes from the two movies trying to keep ahead of the police who think he killed his partner and find the black bird. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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He knows every cheap trick, cheap joke, cheap shot and cheap dame in the book. See more »


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Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective  »

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The movie was titled 'The Cheap Detective', according to writer 'Neil Simon', "Because the detective in those old films never got paid! Who paid Humphrey Bogart for finding all those crooks in The Maltese Falcon (1941)? He arrested Mary Astor and sent her and everyone else to gaol. Who paid him?... The character is always involved in danger not for the bucks but because it's his lifestyle". See more »

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When Lou and Marlene are talking in his apartment, her scarf keeps changing position from surrounding her face to trailing down the back of her head. See more »

Quotes

Lou Peckinpaugh: Miss De Vega, I presume.
Mrs. Montenegro: Mr. Peckinpaugh, you look startled.
Lou Peckinpaugh: Oh, no, it's just that, uh, you look like... fourteen other dames that was here the other night.
Mrs. Montenegro: Yes, I know. They were my sister.
Lou Peckinpaugh: Well, that explains the resemblance.
Mrs. Montenegro: Not to me - she was adopted!
Lou Peckinpaugh: Yeah? Well, so am I, but... I don't look like your sister either.
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The opening credits are written in chalk on a sidewalk, a brick wall, a tambourine, a dock piling, and the back of an overcoat. See more »

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Spoofs Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Bye Bye Blackbird
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Music by Ray Henderson
Played when Peckinpaugh is talking to Damascus at the restaurant
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hilarious spoof of bog art movies, not really a sequel to 'murder by death'
27 March 2006 | by (nashville, tn) – See all my reviews

'The Cheap Detective' represents a satirical look at many of Humphrey Bogart's best movies: 'Casablanca,' 'The Maltese Falcon,' and 'The Big Sleep' most prominently. There are small bits of business spoofing several others. This movie, apparently, followed 'Murder by Death' chronologically, implying that Peter Falk's character is developed from his role in that movie. So be it, but that doesn't make this movie a sequel. 'Murder by Death was a spoof of several different mystery story writers, and their most well-known detectives. This movie is a spoof of Bogart movies, some of which are mysteries and some are romances ('Casablanca' is considered by many to be one of the greatest romances ever.) To my taste, this movie is funnier and wittier than the other, and deserves more credit. In addition, Peter Falk's character is changed quite a bit from that in 'Murder by Death,' better, and funnier.

For all those who value Bogart's movies, and for all those who value satire, this is a terrific movie.


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