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The Cheap Detective

4.8 5
Director: Robert Moore

Cast: Peter Falk, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan

     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Most of Neil Simon's work is in what might be termed traditional comedy, but in the mid-'70s, he made a couple of detours into parody, as in The Cheap Detective. Though not a classic film, it's a nice change of pace for Simon, and played into the then-current trend toward spoofing film genres (e.g., Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and Simon's own Murder By Death). The plot is extremely convoluted, as befits a spoof of the hard-boiled private eye picture. Simon can't quite maintain the rapid fire succession of gags (visual and verbal) and director Robert Moore can't quite maintain the necessary pace, but for the most part, the film is good fun. The cast helps matters greatly, with Peter Falk as a rather nutty Humphrey Bogart type and Madeline Kahn hilarious as a Mary Astor-like character who keeps changing her name (to, among other things, Norma Shearer). Eileen Brennan creates a very memorable saloon crooner, and Ann-Margret is wonderful as the most fatale of femme fatales. Special credit should also go to Charles R. Pierce for his careful rec-reation and slight exaggeration of film noir settings, and to Patrick Williams' score, a loving homage with a zing of its own.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2001
UPC:
0043396903999
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:32:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Falk Lou Peckinpaugh
Ann-Margret Jezebel Dezire
Eileen Brennan Betty DeBoop
Sid Caesar Ezra Dezire
Stockard Channing Bess
Dom DeLuise Pepe Damascus
Louise Fletcher Marlene DuChard
John Houseman Jasper Blubber
Madeline Kahn Mrs. Montenegro
Scatman Crothers Tinker
James Coco Marcel
Fernando Lamas Paul DuChard
Marsha Mason Georgia Merkle
Phil Silvers Hoppy
Abe Vigoda Sgt. Rizzuto
Paul Williams Boy
Nicol Williamson Col. Schissel
Emory Bass Butler
Carmine Caridi Sgt. Crosseti
Vic Tayback Lt. DiMaggio
Steve Fisher Actor
Richard Narita Actor
Jerrold Ziman Actor
Dean Perry Actor
George Simmons Actor
Lew Gallo Cop
James Cromwell Schnell
David Ogden Stiers Captain
Carole Wells Hat-Check Girl
John Calvin Qvicker
Barry Michlin Bandleader
Jonathan Banks Cabbie
Lee Mc Laughlin Fat Man
Zale Kessler Courier
Bella Bruck Scrub Woman
Henry Sutton Desk Clerk
Maurice Marks Doorman
Joe E. Ross Michel
George Rondo Cab Driver
Ronald L. Schwary Cab Driver
Charles Bastin Croupier #2
Armando Gonzales Bartender
David Matthau Military Man
Gary Alexander Dancer
Wally K. Berns Floyd Merkle

Technical Credits
Robert Moore Director
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
John A. Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Phillip Bennett Art Director
Margaret Booth Producer
Lyle J. Burbridge Sound/Sound Designer
Agnes G. Henry Costumes/Costume Designer
Sid Levin Editor
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
Charles Schram Makeup
Ronald L. Schwary Production Manager
Neil Simon Screenwriter
Ray Stark Producer
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
Patrick Williams Score Composer

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The Cheap Detective 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
freddiwithneye More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
hound1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago