The Cheap Detective

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The Cheap Detective
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Theatrical poster
Directed byRobert Moore
Produced byRay Stark
Margaret Booth
Written byNeil Simon
Music byPatrick Williams
CinematographyJohn A. Alonzo
Edited bySidney Levin
Michael A. Stevenson
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 23, 1978 (1978-06-23)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
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.[2]

It stars Peter Falk as Lou Peckinpaugh, a parody of Humphrey Bogart;[2] the film is a parody of Bogart films such as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon.[2]

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.



  1. ^ "The Cheap Detective, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Canby, Vincent (June 23, 1978). "Screen: Simon's 'Cheap' Detective':Everybody Revisited". The New York Times.

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