"THE CHEAP DETECTIVE" is a hilarious Humphrey Bogart send-up, blending the plots of "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon" with the comedic vision of Neil Simon. Peter Falk is Lou Peckingpaugh, the worldly, cynical gumshoe who takes on thugs, crooks, Nazis, femme fatales and the Golden Gate Bridge in this terrific tribute to Bogie and the Hammett/Chandler school of hard-boiled detectives. An incredible ensemble cast does take-offs of characters made famous by Mary Astor (Madeline Kahn), Sidney Greenstreet (John Houseman), Lauren Bacall (Ann-Margret), Peter Lorre (Dom DeLuise), Ingrid Bergman (Louis Fletcher), and Paul Henreid (Fernando Lamas). Want more? How about Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, Nicol Williamson, James Coco, and Scatman Crothers - just a few of the many cast members who add to the merriment. "THE CHEAP DETECTIVE" is the perfect entertainment for anyone who loves Bogart, films of the forties, or a good healthy laugh.

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The Cheap Detective (1978)

PG

Mystery/Comedy/Crime · 1h 32m

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"THE CHEAP DETECTIVE" is a hilarious Humphrey Bogart send-up, blending the plots of "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon" with the comedic vision of Neil Simon. Peter Falk is Lou Peckingpaugh, the worldly, cynical gumshoe who takes on thugs, crooks, Nazis, femme fatales and the Golden Gate Bridge in this terrific tribute to Bogie and the Hammett/Chandler school of hard-boiled detectives. An incredible ensemble cast does take-offs of characters made famous by Mary Astor (Madeline Kahn), Sidney Greenstreet (John Houseman), Lauren Bacall (Ann-Margret), Peter Lorre (Dom DeLuise), Ingrid Bergman (Louis Fletcher), and Paul Henreid (Fernando Lamas). Want more? How about Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, Nicol Williamson, James Coco, and Scatman Crothers - just a few of the many cast members who add to the merriment. "THE CHEAP DETECTIVE" is the perfect entertainment for anyone who loves Bogart, films of the forties, or a good healthy laugh.

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Status

Released

Languages

English, German

Country

United States

Production Company

Columbia Pictures

Budget

$6,000,000
Cast
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Peter Falk

Lou Peckinpaugh
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Joe Ross

Michel
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Dean Perry

Cab Driver
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George Rondo

Cab Driver
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Ronald L. Schwary

Cab Driver
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Louis H. Kelly

Croupier #1
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Charles Bastin

Croupier #2 (as Charles A. Bastin)
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Armando Gonzales

Bartender
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Gary L. Dyer

Man in Crusades Bar
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Steven Fisher

Man in Crusades Bar
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Wally K. Berns

Floyd Merkle (as Wally Berns)
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Bella Bruck

Scrub Woman
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Laurie Hagen

Elegant Lady
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Maurice Marks

Doorman
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Nancy Marlowe Coyne

Lady of the Night
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Paula Friel

Military Wife
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Sheila Sisco

Military Wife
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Lauren Simon

Military Wife
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Cindy Lang

Navy Wife
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Martina Ritt

Army Wife (as Tina Ritt)
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David Matthau

Military Man
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Gary Alexander

Dancer
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Michele Bernath

Dancer
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George F. Simmons

Detective
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Lee Menning

Elegant Lady
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Nancy Warren

Elegant Lady
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Cornell Chulay

German Singer
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Lynn Griffis

Lady of the Night
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Henry Sutton

Desk Clerk
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Jerrold Ziman

Courier (as Jerry Ziman)
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Paul Williams

Boy
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James Coco

Marcel
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Dom DeLuise

Pepe Damascus
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Louise Fletcher

Marlene DuChard
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John Houseman

Jasper Blubber
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Madeline Kahn

Mrs. Montenegro
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Fernando Lamas

Paul DuChard
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Marsha Mason

Georgia Merkle
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Phil Silvers

Hoppy
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Abe Vigoda

Sergeant Rizzuto
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Ann-Margret

Jezebel Dezire
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Eileen Brennan

Betty DeBoop
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Zale Kessler

Courier
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Stockard Channing

Bess
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Carmine Caridi

Sergeant Crosseti
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Scatman Crothers

Tinker
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David Ogden Stiers

Captain
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Vic Tayback

Lieutenant DiMaggio
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Carole Wells

Hat Check Girl
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John Calvin

Qvicker
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Barry Michlin

Bandleader
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Jonathan Banks

Cabbie
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Lew Gallo

Cop
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Joree Sirianni

Cigarette Girl
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Nicol Williamson

Colonel Schlissel
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Emory Bass

Butler
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Lee McLaughlin

Fat Man
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James Cromwell

Schnell
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Sid Caesar

Ezra Dezire
Crew
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Neil Simon

Writer
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Robert Moore

Director
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

The Cheap Detective

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

11/12/2018

Disc Title Front Cover

The Cheap Detective

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

1/31/2023

Disc Title Front Cover

The Cheap Detective

(DVD)

11/13/2001

Disc Title Front Cover

The Cheap Detective

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

Disc Title Front Cover

The Cheap Detective

(DVD)

11/13/2001

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