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The Cheap Detective (1978)

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

Director:

Robert Moore

Writer:

Neil Simon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Lou Peckinpaugh
Ann-Margret ... Jezebel Dezire
Eileen Brennan ... Betty DeBoop
Sid Caesar ... Ezra Dezire
Stockard Channing ... Bess
James Coco ... Marcel
Dom DeLuise ... Pepe Damascus
Louise Fletcher ... Marlene DuChard
John Houseman ... Jasper Blubber
Madeline Kahn ... Mrs. Montenegro
Fernando Lamas ... Paul DuChard
Marsha Mason ... Georgia Merkle
Phil Silvers ... Hoppy
Abe Vigoda ... Sgt. Rizzuto
Paul Williams ... Boy
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Storyline

Lou Peckinpaugh (Peter Falk), the Cheap detective has entered a world that is half Casablanca (1942) and half The Maltese Falcon (1941). A parody of Humphrey Bogart's movies 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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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 television. See more »

Goofs

Approximately 45 minutes in, Lou meets with the Madeline Kahn character in his office. A male member of the crew is visible, seated on a couch. He is in a pink shirt, wearing eyeglasses and appears to be reading a script. He is only visible for about a second, as the camera pans across the room. See more »

Quotes

Jezebel Dezire: See anything you like? I'm Jezebel Dezire - accent on the "desire."
Lou Peckinpaugh: How do you do? I'm Peck Loukinpaugh.
Jezebel Dezire: [giggling] Don't worry. I do that to everyone... even to myself.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Mimi
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by Maurice Chevalier in the watch
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The Cheap Detective is Fabulous
26 August 2004 | by TwinIrishSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

23 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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