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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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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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The movie takes place in 1939, yet the song sung in the nightclub is 'La Vie En Rose' which was not written until 1946. See more »

Quotes

Lou Peckinpaugh: What you you doing here?
Betty DeBoop: I missed my boat.
Lou Peckinpaugh: It doesn't sail until tomorrow!
Betty DeBoop: So I missed it a little early.
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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 The Big Sleep (1946) See more »

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Jeepers Creepers
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Scatman Crothers at Nix Place
Also played when Marlene and Peckinpaugh are drinking champagne
Also played during the closing credits
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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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