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The Cheap Detective (1978)

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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23 June 1978 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of four movies written by Neil Simon that were directed by Robert Moore. The films are Murder by Death (1976), The Sunshine Boys (1977), The Cheap Detective (1978), and Chapter Two (1979). 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

Paul DuChard: You, uh, you went to his apartment that night, didn't you?
Marlene DuChard: [slowly] Yes. I'm sorry, Paul. How long have you known Louis and I are lovers?
Paul DuChard: I didn't know until you told me just now. I thought you went there looking for me!
Marlene DuChard: Yes. That's why I went there. I made up the part about us being lovers because I know you don't like me looking for you.
Paul DuChard: Oh.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In 1939, the ominous grey clouds of war broke loose over Western Europe and rained down havoc and destruction . . . followed by humidity and gradual clearing.

In the Philippines, a small band of native guerrillas prepared secretly for the inevitable conflict that would soon engulf the East . . . This has nothing to do with our story.

Our story is about crime. Not the bad crime we face each day on our streets . . . but the good crime we came to know and love in a time when the world was innocent ... when murder wasn't something you were ashamed of ... when a bullet hole wasn't something disgusting . . . and when a man could betray a woman without feeling guilty. Our story starts in a fictitious city called San Francisco ... seven thousand miles away from Casablanca. 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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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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