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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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He knows every cheap trick, cheap joke, cheap shot and cheap dame in the book. See more »


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Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective  »

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In order to cash-in on the box-office success of this film's predecessor Murder by Death (1976) (which was a parody of locked room mystery thrillers), some movie posters for this follow up (which is different, a spoof of 1940s private eye, film noir and foreign intrigue thrillers) were designed with cartoons of fifteen characters (evoking a cast of suspects) situated under a giant headline that read "Who Dunnit?". 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

Marlene DuChard: I now know that what was, was, and can never be was again.
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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 To Have and Have Not (1944) 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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The Cheap Detective is Fabulous
26 August 2004 | by (Lexington, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Neil Simon's movies always shine with his marvelous talent. The spoofs of Humphrey Bogart, his movies and other famous people/characters are priceless. My favorite scene in The Cheap Detective is where Eileen Brennen is singing in a cabaret, holding a cigarette out to the detective with her line "Well aren't you going to light my fire?" And he says (paraphrased)"well I was just checking out your kindling". Wonderful script and sharp and funny dialogue. Eileen is beautiful here. Peter Falk is very sexy in the title role. And could anyone ever compare with Madeline Kahn - they threw away the pattern on her. I think Humphrey Bogart would not only laugh at the spoofs of him but also be flattered that his persona has become so classic and so well-known and easily identifiable. There was a wonderful actor in "Dark Shadows" who early in his career did imitations of Bogie and looked a lot like him. He also played Bogie in a movie I believe. I wish there were more movies as good as Neil Simon's.


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