The Cheap Detective (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery

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


  • Peter Falk and Dom DeLuise in The Cheap Detective (1978)
  • Peter Falk and Marsha Mason in The Cheap Detective (1978)
  • Peter Falk in The Cheap Detective (1978)
  • Peter Falk in The Cheap Detective (1978)
  • Peter Falk in The Cheap Detective (1978)

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Did You Know?


This picture was inspired by the box-office success of Neil Simon's Murder by Death (1976), which also starred Peter Falk as Sam Diamond, a spoof of Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon (1941). However, Falk's character in this movie, is still a Bogart parody, also being a spoof of Bogart's Rick Blaine from Casablanca (1942) as ... ...


Lou Peckinpaugh: Being a private eye may not be much, but we do have a code of honor. It's all right to fool around with your partner's wife, but once he's dead it makes it all so dirty. That's the way it is, angel. You marry yourself a nice guy, have a couple of ...


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.

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.


Plot Summary


Comedy | Crime | Mystery | Romance | Thriller

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