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The Cheap Detective (1978)

San Francisco, 1940, detectives, dames, documents, Nazis, and a treasure.

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Ezra Dezire
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Bess
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Marcel
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Pepe Damascus
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Hoppy
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Sgt. Rizzuto
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Storyline

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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PG | See all certifications »

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23 June 1978 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective  »

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(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Sam Diamond" is a combination of Dashiell Hammett's character "Sam Spade" and "Richard Diamond", played by Dick Powell on radio and David Janssen on TV. 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

Lieutenant DiMaggio: What did you and Merkle argue about last Monday night?
Georgia Merkle: It's all right. Tell them, darling.
Lou Peckinpaugh: Don't call me darling in front of the police with a dead husband.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In 1939, the ominous grey clouds of war broke loose over Western Europe and rained down havoc and destruction . . . followed by humidity and gradual clearing.

In the Philippines, a small band of native guerrillas prepared secretly for the inevitable conflict that would soon engulf the East . . . This has nothing to do with our story.

Our story is about crime. Not the bad crime we face each day on our streets . . . but the good crime we came to know and love in a time when the world was innocent ... when murder wasn't something you were ashamed of ... when a bullet hole wasn't something disgusting . . . and when a man could betray a woman without feeling guilty. Our story starts in a fictitious city called San Francisco ... seven thousand miles away from Casablanca. See more »

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Spoofs Chinatown (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Played at the arrival of the DuChards
Also sung at Nix Place
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Delicious Satire
28 April 1999 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Taking off on classics like CASABLANCA and THE MALTESE FALCON, this is a clever and fast-paced satire that prefigures the kind of take-offs that would soon follow with films such as AIRPLANE.

You can enjoy the sheer silliness of the film even if you don't know the films it is imitating, but if you are familiar with the originals, this comedy will be even more delicious.


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