The Cheap Detective

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The Cheap Detective
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Robert Moore
Produced by Ray Stark
Margaret Booth
Written by Neil Simon
Music by Patrick Williams
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Edited by Sidney Levin
Michael A. Stevenson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 23, 1978 (1978-06-23)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $28,221,552[1]

The Cheap Detective is a 1978 American satirical comedy film written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore as a follow-up to their successful Murder by Death (Columbia, 1976).

It stars Peter Falk as Lou Peckinpaugh, a detective in the Humphrey Bogart mold. The film is an affectionate parody of Bogart movies such as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon.

The ensemble cast includes Madeline Kahn, Louise Fletcher, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan, Stockard Channing, Marsha Mason, Sid Caesar, John Houseman, Dom DeLuise, Abe Vigoda, James Coco, Phil Silvers, Fernando Lamas, Nicol Williamson, Scatman Crothers, Vic Tayback and Paul Williams.


Lou Peckinpaugh (Peter Falk), a bumbling San Francisco private detective, tries to prove himself innocent of his partner's murder while helping a bizarre array of characters recover a lost treasure. The film spoofs Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Chinatown, and To Have and Have Not. The scene in the restaurant with Peckinpaugh and Pepe Damascus mocks the opening scene of The Big Sleep.[original research?]



  1. ^ "The Cheap Detective, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 

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