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The Cheap Detective

Neil Simon-scripted spoof of films based on Chandler/Hammett private eye novels, with Casablanca thrown in for bad measure. Designed as a follow-up to the scarcely more successful Murder by Death, it's the usual collection of quickfire one-liners punctuated by huge wads of unfunny padding. Buffs may amuse themselves by noting obvious references to The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely and the like. The Cheap Idea might have been a better title.

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Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Moore
Screenwriter: Neil Simon
Cast: Peter Falk
Ann-Margret
Eileen Brennan
James Coco
Dom DeLuise
Stockard Channing
John Houseman
Louise Fletcher
Phil Silvers
Sid Caesar
Madeline Kahn
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