The Cheap Detective
The Cheap Detective (1978)

Playwright Neil Simon tries his hand at film parody in The Cheap Detective, sending up the private genre of the 1940s --The Maltese Falcon in particular. Peter Falk is Lou Peckinpaugh, a trenchcoated nincompoop with a Humphrey Bogart… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1978
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Disappointing thin comedy.

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Scott Weinberg

Not even in the same galaxy as Neil Simon's best work, but fans of the genre will appreciate the gags.

Steve Crum

Better received in 1978 than now when it seems too contrived.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Very funny send-up of the hard-boiled detective genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
Tim Salmons
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… More
Aj V
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… More