The Cheap DetectiveDirector: Robert Moore,
Scripted by Neil Simon, Robert Moore's The Cheap Detective comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer reserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame transfer. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an interview with Simon, cast filmographies, and production notes. Simon and Falk enthusiasts should enjoy this fine disc.
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- Original Release:
- Sony Pictures
- Region Code:
- [Full Frame]
Cast & Crew
|Theoni V. Aldredge||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John A. Alonzo||Cinematographer|
|John A. Anderson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Phillip Bennett||Art Director|
|Lyle J. Burbridge||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Agnes G. Henry||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Augie Lohman||Special Effects|
|Robert Luthardt||Production Designer|
|Wiliam L. McCaughey||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Al Overton||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Charles R. Pierce||Art Director,Set Decoration/Design|
|Ronald L. Schwary||Production Manager|
|Michael A. Stevenson||Editor|
|Patrick Williams||Score Composer|
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Yes! Yes! Yes! This and Murder By Death. A wonderful double feature evening. Like I said in my review of MBD, the topper was my brother saying, "Hey did you see that new movie 'Death by Dying'"? Now how can we twist the title on this one, just for fun and general principles?
A typical Neil Simon movie. Humerous and low key, just pay attentio to the subtle dialogue. I know I said no thinking, just pay attention. Simon has combined a spoof of several Bogart movies and Peter Falk plays the character well. Along with the other Loons in the cast of characters it gives an enjoyable escape from reality.
My mind blends this movie and The Maltese Falcon so closely that I find Madelyn Kahn's role and Mary Astor's as inextricable, Peter Falk is Rick and Sam, Louise Fletcher's idealism and Fernando Lamas' Two Star French Restaurant in Oakland and 'the papers, darling' fit the setting and story so well, Tinker plays the song, the fog drifts and the fog horns sound, while John Houseman and Dom DeLuise conspire...I just say play it again, Neil.
I didn't know much about this movie until I discovered it was from the same people who brought us another hilarious comedy, Murder By Death! I bought the DVD solely on that merit, and I was not disappointed! The movie was cleverly written by Neil Simon, and I laughed throughout the movie! While the movie is wonderfully silly, it does not rely on the slapstick (and unfunny) kind of humor you would find in the Naked Gun movies with Leslie Nielsen. You will not be disappointed with this movie!