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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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Who dunnit? This time it's Neil Simon who's really dunnit. See more »


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Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective  »

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Trivia

Phil Silvers:  As Hoppy, a cab driver. See more »

Goofs

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

Colonel Schlissel: What a pleasant surprise, Mr. DuChard.
Paul DuChard: So, the Black Fox and the Silver Wolf meet again, eh?
Colonel Schlissel: And of course, you remember the Gray Rabbit and the Blue Chipmunk.
Paul DuChard: May I present my wife Marlene.
Colonel Schlissel: The White Swan! Of course! It is always the most courageous of men who wins the most beautiful women, but it is only the ruthless who get to keep them.
Marlene DuChard: And it is a thousand candles that will burn for every brave soldier that marches to the steps of the drums of liberty, so that tyranny will never trample ...
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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 Chinatown (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

La vie en rose
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Music by Louiguy and Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Eileen Brennan and others at Nix Place
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Great Follow-up To Murder By Death!
26 August 1999 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

While Murder By Death may be better, this one does not disappoint. Retaining Peter Falk, Eileen Brennan, James Coco, and James Cromwell from MBD, Simon adds Marsha Mason, Sid Caesar, the great Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback, John Houseman, in nothing more than cameos, Ann-Margret and Phil Silvers, as well as many others to make a strong and wonderful cast. The jokes and plot are fast moving, and the atmosphere is well done. If you're expecting an exact Murder By Death sequel, you'll be disappointed. If you want another good mystery spoof, you've got it.


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