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The Cheap Detective (1978)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lou Peckinpaugh
... Jezebel Dezire
... Betty DeBoop
... Ezra Dezire
... Bess
... Marcel
... Pepe Damascus
... Marlene DuChard
... Jasper Blubber
... Mrs. Montenegro
... Paul DuChard
... Georgia Merkle
... Hoppy
... Sgt. Rizzuto
... Boy
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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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23 June 1978 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,000,000, 25 June 1978, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,221,552, 31 December 1978
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(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

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2.39 : 1
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The detective partners are named Peckinpaugh and Merkle. Roger Peckinpaugh and Fred Merkle were two well known baseball players in the early 20th century.The piano player is named Tinker. Joe Tinker was a famous shortstop for the Cubs. Other characters include Sgt Rizzuto,Sgt Crosseti, and Lt. DiMaggio, all famous Yankees. See more »

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When Lou and Marlene are talking in his apartment, her scarf keeps changing position from surrounding her face to trailing down the back of her head. 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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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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Ain't She Sweet
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Music by Milton Ager
Played when the DuChards are talking to the Germans at Nix Place
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Corny, yet smart!

Watching the classics is always something to remember by. But if a spoof of the classics is made, you be looking forward to laugh you way onto the floor. "The Cheap Detective" combines the works of "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon" and put in on this hilarious movie. Here you got this Bogey wannabe named Lou Peckinpaugh(Peter Falk) who investigates the death of his partner. There you have all of these oddball characters who are indeed unbelievably hilarious. The grieving widow Georgia Merkle(Marsha Mason) who she had a affair with Lou. Then there are other different dames Lou encounters with, one of them is the same name as the cartoon character Betty Boop, instead she is called Betty DeBoop(Eileen Brennan, "Private Benjamin"). This movie is non-stop funny. A great all-star cast, a terrific plot, a lot of puns, and I think the ending was something when the driver runs into the trash can and Lou and the other ladies in his life celebrate with some bubbly. This movie is not cheap, unlike the other parodies I've seen! Rating 3 out of 5 stars.


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