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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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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second of three Neil Simon-written films featuring James Coco. The others are Murder by Death (1976) and Only When I Laugh (1981), the latter being the only one based on one of Simon's plays. Coco also appeared in a stage version of Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972) on Broadway. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in 1940, yet the song sung in the nightclub is 'La Vie En Rose' which was not written until 1946. See more »

Quotes

Lou Peckinpaugh: Tell me nothing happened. Even if you lie, I'll believe you.
Betty DeBoop: Nothing happened.
Lou Peckinpaugh: It sounds worse than before.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in That Lucky Stiff (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't She Sweet
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Music by Milton Ager
Played when the DuChards are talking to the Germans at Nix Place
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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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