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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)

Opening Weekend:

$5,000,000 (USA) (25 June 1978)
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(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of 11 movies made by writer Neil Simon and producer Ray Stark. The others are Murder by Death (1976), California Suite (1978), Chapter Two (1979), The Sunshine Boys (1975), Seems Like Old Times (1980), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Slugger's Wife (1985), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), Biloxi Blues (1988) and Lost in Yonkers (1993). 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

Colonel Schlissel: What a pleasant surprise, Mr. DuChard.
Paul DuChard: So, the Black Fox and the Silver Wolf meet again, eh?
Colonel Schlissel: And of course, you remember the Gray Rabbit and the Blue Chipmunk.
Paul DuChard: May I present my wife Marlene.
Colonel Schlissel: The White Swan! Of course! It is always the most courageous of men who wins the most beautiful women, but it is only the ruthless who get to keep them.
Marlene DuChard: And it is a thousand candles that will burn for every brave soldier that marches to the steps of the drums of liberty, so that tyranny will never trample ...
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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 To Have and Have Not (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeepers Creepers
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Scatman Crothers at Nix Place
Also played when Marlene and Peckinpaugh are drinking champagne
Also played during the closing credits
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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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