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The Cheap Detective (1978)

 -  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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detective | police | parody | nazi | death | See more »

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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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23 June 1978 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective  »

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The movie's characters spoofs are as follows: Ann-Margret's Jezebel Dezire is a spoof of Lauren Bacall's Marie 'Slim' Browning from To Have and Have Not (1944); Madeline Kahn's Mrs Montenegro is a spoof of Mary Astor's Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941); John Houseman's Jasper Blubber is a spoof of Sydney Greenstreet's Kasper Gutman ("The Fat Man") in The Maltese Falcon (1941); Dom DeLuise's Pepe Damascus is a spoof of Peter Lorre; Fernando Lamas' Paul DuChard is a spoof of Paul Henreid's Victor Laszlo from Casablanca (1942); Paul Williams' Boy is a spoof of Elisha Cook Jr.; Scatman Crothers' pianist Tinker is a spoof of Dooley Wilson's piano player Sam from Casablanca (1942); Louise Fletcher's Marlene DuChard is a spoof of Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa Lund from Casablanca (1942) whilst Peter Falk's Lou Peckinpaugh is an amalgam spoof of two Humphrey Bogart characters, Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Rick Blaine from Casablanca (1942) and an extension of his Sam Diamond character from Murder by Death (1976) and his Columbo character from television. 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: You can pay, of course.
Paul DuChard: Ah, monsieur, we, we're not wealthy people. We lost over four million francs betting on the war.
Lou Peckinpaugh: Who'd you have?
Marcel: We took France - at eight to five.
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Crazy Credits

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 The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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Heigh Ho
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Music by Frank Churchill
Lyrics by Larry Morey
Sung by Peter Falk
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Murder by Death was better?!?!?
8 September 1998 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

I beg to differ. In actuality, if Murder By Death hadn't been made first, I would have SWORN that it was a cheap knock-off of this movie. I found this to be a hilarious spoof of the detective movie genre - some of the humor did require you to think, however, and I imagine that is a where a good many people got lost along the way.

I DID think this was one of Ann-Margaret's better performances, but as far as her being the BEST part, I suppose that depends on which head you are using for thinking.


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