The Cheap Detective

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The Cheap Detective
Cheap detective.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byRobert Moore
Produced byRay Stark
Margaret Booth
Written byNeil Simon
StarringPeter Falk
Madeline Kahn
Dom DeLuise
Louise Fletcher
Ann-Margret
Eileen Brennan
Stockard Channing
Sid Caesar
Music byPatrick Williams
CinematographyJohn A. Alonzo
Edited bySidney Levin
Michael A. Stevenson
Production
company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • June 23, 1978 (1978-06-23)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
German
Box office$28,221,552[1]
 
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The Cheap Detective
Cheap detective.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byRobert Moore
Produced byRay Stark
Margaret Booth
Written byNeil Simon
StarringPeter Falk
Madeline Kahn
Dom DeLuise
Louise Fletcher
Ann-Margret
Eileen Brennan
Stockard Channing
Sid Caesar
Music byPatrick Williams
CinematographyJohn A. Alonzo
Edited bySidney Levin
Michael A. Stevenson
Production
company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • June 23, 1978 (1978-06-23)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
German
Box office$28,221,552[1]

The Cheap Detective is a 1978 American satirical comedy film written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore as a follow-up to their successful Murder by Death (Columbia, 1976).

It stars Peter Falk as Lou Peckinpaugh, a detective in the Humphrey Bogart mold. The film is an affectionate parody of Bogart movies such as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon.[2]

The ensemble cast includes Madeline Kahn, Louise Fletcher, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan, Stockard Channing, Marsha Mason, Sid Caesar, John Houseman, Dom DeLuise, Abe Vigoda, James Coco, Phil Silvers, Fernando Lamas, Nicol Williamson, Scatman Crothers, and Paul Williams.

Plot[edit]

Lou Peckinpaugh (Peter Falk), a bumbling San Francisco private detective, tries to prove himself innocent of his partner's murder while helping a bizarre array of characters recover a lost treasure. The film spoofs Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Chinatown, A Streetcar Named Desire and To Have and Have Not.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Cheap Detective, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Cheap Detective, Movie Trivia". IMDb. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Cheap Detective, Movie Connections". IMDb. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 

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