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The Cheap Detective (1978)

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, 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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Taglines:

He knows every cheap trick, cheap joke, cheap shot and cheap dame in the book. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Box Office

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Phil Silvers: As Hoppy, a cab driver. See more »

Goofs

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: Just, mmm, a few trinkets and bourbles.
Lou Peckinpaugh: Trinkets and what?
Jezebel Dezire: Bourbles. You know, like "bourbles and bangles."
Lou Peckinpaugh: The word you're looking for, Mrs. Dezire, is "baubles." If you were an American you would know that. But the fact is, it's only Romanians that pronounce it "bourbles"! And that's why it's difficult for you, isn't it - Mrs. Vladimir Tserijemiwtz?
Jezebel Dezire: Oooh, ungh!
[now with heavy accent]
Jezebel Dezire: I told you we would not get away with it! I told you it was stupid idea! I told you I could not say "bourbles"...
[...]
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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 »


Soundtracks

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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Great Follow-up To Murder By Death!
26 August 1999 | by JWLJNSee 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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