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The Cheap Detective (1978)

 -  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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23 June 1978 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective  »

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The movie was titled 'The Cheap Detective', according to writer 'Neil Simon', "Because the detective in those old films never got paid! Who paid Humphrey Bogart for finding all those crooks in The Maltese Falcon (1941)? He arrested Mary Astor and sent her and everyone else to gaol. Who paid him?... The character is always involved in danger not for the bucks but because it's his lifestyle". 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: No, I think they got you.
Ezra Dezire: Hey. Look at that hole. Oh, boy.
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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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Ain't Misbehavin'
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Music by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks
Played after the shooting at Nix Place
Also played at the bar when Peckinpaugh meets Blubber
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Great Follow-up To Murder By Death!
26 August 1999 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

While Murder By Death may be better, this one does not disappoint. Retaining Peter Falk, Eileen Brennan, James Coco, and James Cromwell from MBD, Simon adds Marsha Mason, Sid Caesar, the great Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback, John Houseman, in nothing more than cameos, Ann-Margret and Phil Silvers, as well as many others to make a strong and wonderful cast. The jokes and plot are fast moving, and the atmosphere is well done. If you're expecting an exact Murder By Death sequel, you'll be disappointed. If you want another good mystery spoof, you've got it.


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