The Cheap Detective
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The Cheap Detective
Spoofing the entire 1940s detective genre, and his own performances as a bumbling private detective, Peter Falk plays Lou Pekinpaugh, a San Francisco private detective accused of murdering his partner at the instigation of his mistress, the partner's wife, Georgia Merkle (Marsha Mason). Police Lieutenant DiMaggio (Vic Tayback) has his eye on Lou and blunders around in a way which complicates Lou's efforts to clear his name. Lou gets a new client when Mrs. Montenegro (Madeline Kahn) and her cronies (John Housman, Paul Williams and Dom DeLuise) hire him to search out a dozen diamond… More

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"Better received in 1978 than now when it seems too contrived."
‑ Steve Crum,
"You don't have to be familiar with Casablanca or The Maltese Falcon to appreciate the humor but it helps. Writer Neil Simon has thoroughly spoofed both classics."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Very funny send-up of the hard-boiled detective genre."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Not even in the same galaxy as Neil Simon's best work, but fans of the genre will appreciate the gags."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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