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In this satire of film noir, Lou Peckinpaugh (Peter Falk) is a San Francisco detective in the boozy, wise-cracking tradition of Humphrey Bogart in "The Maltese Falcon." A suspect in the murder of his own partner, Lou hopes to solve the crime and exonerate himself before the cops haul him in. Meanwhile, he takes a case involving stolen diamonds, and gets reacquainted with his old flame, Marlene DuChard (Louise Fletcher), who's on the run from the Gestapo.

Cast & Crew

Peter Falk
Lou Peckinpaugh
Ann-Margret
Jezebel Dezire
Eileen Brennan
Betty DeBoop
Sid Caesar
Ezra Dezire
Dom DeLuise
Pepe Damascus
Louise Fletcher
Marlene DuChard
John Houseman
Jasper Blubber
Madeline Kahn
Mrs. Montenegro
Fernando Lamas
Paul DuChard
Marsha Mason
Georgia Merkle
Abe Vigoda
Sergeant Rizzuto
Paul Williams
Boy
Nicol Williamson
Colonel Schlissel
Carmine Caridi
Sergeant Crosseti
Ray Stark
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Critic Reviews for The Cheap Detective

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  • May 30, 2013
    The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca are where this spoof/send-up begins, turning out little better than a lame Saturday Night Live skit (only running longer), but enjoyable for the charisma of its cast, obviously enjoying a chance at these familiar characters. Falk made a career out of playing a poor man's Bogie, and there's not enough Ann-Margret.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2011
    Peter Falk's typecasting as a noir detective was never more prominent than in the genre spoof The Cheap Detective. Borrowing heavily from the Humphrey Bogart classics of the past, the film also pays enormous homage to the genre itself while managing to be a great, smart comedy on its own. With a cast that includes Ann-Margaret, Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Sid Cesar, Dom DeLuise, Louise Fletcher, Paul Williams and Stockard Channing, the movie is so wonderfully colorful in its casting, depsite not being a particularly strong film. It is enjoyable and fun, but lacks the qualities of a perfected comedy classic.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Yet another detective spoof movie from the 70s?! Yep. Again, we have a fantastic all star cast, and a very funny story. I really liked this movie, even if it isn't very different from other movies like it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    A laugh a minute!!!!
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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