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The Cheap Detective (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  23 June 1978 (USA)
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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

The farewell scene between Lou Peckinpaugh (Peter Falk and Marlene DuChard (Louise Fletcher) was shot on the same sound stage that was used for the Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman farewell in Casablanca (1942). 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

Marcel: Gentlemen, may I present Miss Betty DeBoop from the Islands?
Colonel Schlissel: Caribbean or Virgin?
Betty DeBoop: Well, let's just say I came back a Caribbean.
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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 Chinatown (1974) 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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My sides still hurt from laughing
3 November 2001 | by (Geneva, IL) – See all my reviews

One of the great scenes of all time is when Marsha Mason (Georgia Merkle) drops her husband's ashes in the toilet, shoots them with a pistol and flushes them.

One of the funniest lines was by Stockard Channing (Bess)pleading with Peter Falk (Lou Peckinpaugh)"Gee Lou, I'd give anything for a good thank".


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