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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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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of five films written by Neil Simon that featured his then wife Marsha Mason. The others are The Goodbye Girl (1977), Chapter Two (1979), Only When I Laugh (1981), and Max Dugan Returns (1983). 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

Betty DeBoop: You'll be back.
Lou Peckinpaugh: What makes you think so?
Betty DeBoop: You forgot the glasses.
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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 Chinatown (1974) See more »

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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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hilarious spoof of bog art movies, not really a sequel to 'murder by death'
27 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

'The Cheap Detective' represents a satirical look at many of Humphrey Bogart's best movies: 'Casablanca,' 'The Maltese Falcon,' and 'The Big Sleep' most prominently. There are small bits of business spoofing several others. This movie, apparently, followed 'Murder by Death' chronologically, implying that Peter Falk's character is developed from his role in that movie. So be it, but that doesn't make this movie a sequel. 'Murder by Death was a spoof of several different mystery story writers, and their most well-known detectives. This movie is a spoof of Bogart movies, some of which are mysteries and some are romances ('Casablanca' is considered by many to be one of the greatest romances ever.) To my taste, this movie is funnier and wittier than the other, and deserves more credit. In addition, Peter Falk's character is changed quite a bit from that in 'Murder by Death,' better, and funnier.

For all those who value Bogart's movies, and for all those who value satire, this is a terrific movie.


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