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The Cheap Detective

4.3 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews

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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 thisterrific 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 (LouiseFletcher), and Paul Henreid (Fernando Lamas). Want more? How about Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, PhilSilvers, 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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  • Actors: Madeline Kahn, John Houseman, Louise Fletcher, Scatman Crothers, Sid Caesar
  • Directors: Robert Moore
  • Producers: Ray Stark
  • Format: Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video - Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q4D6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cheap Detective" on IMDb

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By Edmond Gauthier on February 14, 2006
Format: DVD
Cheap Detective? Cheapo version is more like it - this flick has been sadly butchered into a small standard frame format, which marks the real "murder" here. So the studio (and/or the DVD maker) is the REAL "killer" this time.

It features a HUGE cast, which is all the more reason that this comedic gem must be released in its full Panavision glory. Until that time, this 5 star film only gets 3 lousy stars, and the DVD makers get ZERO of my money.

(Unlike the GREAT version of the similar modern comedy classic Murder By Death, which is on DVD in beautiful widescreen and which I strongly urge eveyone to buy.)

I therefore advise all fans of Falk, Sellers and company to BOYCOTT this pan-and-scan travesty, until the proper widescreen version is finally put out!
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An hilarious spoof of classic Bogart films. Falk fills the Bogie role, Fernando Lamas, Madeline Kahn and Eileen Brennan are excellent.If you appreciate Casablanca,The Maltese Falcon,and The Big Sleep,you will certainly enjoy not only the acting,but the stage settings as well. Outstanding
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Like Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein," "The Cheap Detective" is a lovingly hilarious homage to the great classics of the 30's and 40's. Falk, Fletcher, Kahn, Williams, Channing, and Brennan are outstanding.
Houseman's and DeLuise's dead-on impersonations of legends Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre are brilliant!
And one can only marvel at Ann-Margret's "baubles!"
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"The Cheap Detective" is a yet another masterpiece penned by Neil Simon who brought you "The Odd Couple" and "California Suite." This film is excellent, starring a wonderful cast consisting of Peter Falk, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Fernando Lamos, Eileen Brennen, Ann Margaret, Stockard Channing, James Coco,Louise Flecter, Marsha Mason, and Sid Caeser. "The Cheap Detective" showcases the talent of the late, great Madeline Kahn, in a role which required her to assume a multitude of names. Peter Falk fits the role of a tough-talking P.I. perfectly. Dom DeLuise is just stupid (in the funniest of ways) as a man who wears a horrible smelling cologne to keep his enemies away, and after contact with him suggests "bath in turpentine and you will be fine in the morning." Directed by Roger Moore (Neil Simon's "Murder by Death"), "The Cheap Detective reunites Peter Falk, Eileen Brennen, James Coco and James Cromwell. See it--if you like comedy, you'll love this movie.
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All the female characters in The Cheap Detective have soild, yet very funny roles - Marsha Mason, Eileen Brennan, Stockard Channing, Louise Fletcher, Madeline Khan and Ann-Margret all play their characters with gusto. The ladies definately fair better than their male counterparts (Peter Falk aside). There are so many winks and nods to the 40's film noir genre especially The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep and Casablanca. I am no longer able to watch one of those classics without laughing; in fact, when I do watch one of those films I have to turn the film off and put The Cheap Detective on instead!
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For those like me looking for a widescreen version of this title (it was filmed in anamorphic 2.35:1), it's available on Amazon's Canadian website - for a decent price I might add.
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This is a truly excellent film. It was written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore. This movie parodys old gangster films and other movies like Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and more. Even if you haven't seen those classics, it still supplies a ton of laughs. If you like this film, definately check out my favorite movie of all-time, Murder by Death.
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In fairness, I should probably give this another chance. What I didn't care for about it was that the humor was just so obvious and in-your-face. Lacks a more creative, higher-end wit and just sort of pelts readers with lines that caused me more eye rolling than laughter. My husband really liked it. I'm an English professor and my tastes run more high brow - I like dry wit. My husband is more "every man" and easy to please. He thought it was a fun movie.
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