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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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Who dunnit? This time it's Neil Simon who's really dunnit. See more »


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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

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

Jasper Blubber: And what is the charge, may I ask?
Lieutenant DiMaggio: The murder of Floyd Merkle and five unimportant people.
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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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Spoofs A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 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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Murder by Death was better?!?!?
8 September 1998 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

I beg to differ. In actuality, if Murder By Death hadn't been made first, I would have SWORN that it was a cheap knock-off of this movie. I found this to be a hilarious spoof of the detective movie genre - some of the humor did require you to think, however, and I imagine that is a where a good many people got lost along the way.

I DID think this was one of Ann-Margaret's better performances, but as far as her being the BEST part, I suppose that depends on which head you are using for thinking.


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