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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 remained on the set to take care of re-writes as he had done with the movie's precursor Murder by Death (1976). 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 »

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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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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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Das Lied der Deutschen
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(Also known as 'Deutschland über Alles")
Music by Joseph Haydn
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
Sung by the Germans at Nix Place
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Bogey Would Be Proud
12 July 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If Humphrey Bogart could have seen The Cheap Detective he'd have loved every minute of it. I counted satirical moments from The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep and To Have and Have Not as well as other noir classics that Neil Simon cleverly worked into a plot that makes no rational sense, but will keep you glued to the chair with laughter.

Bogey would have liked Peter Falk's spot on impersonation of the detective from the wrong side of the tracks. Falk is always a player with one amazing bag of tricks whether he's serious as in Murder, Inc., or funny as in Robin and the Seven Hoods or a bit of both as in The Brink's Job.

Not since It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World had so many funny people gathered together for one film. Even normally serious actors like Fernando Lamas and Nicol Williamson seem to be having a ball just hamming it up. My favorite aside from Falk is Eileen Brennan as Betty DeBoop. How can you go wrong with a name like that.

You can't describe any kind of plot, the whole thing is so much wonderful nonsense. Just sit back and enjoy.


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