The Cheap Detective (1978) - Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Hohum Score

19

Watchable

San Francisco, 1940, detectives, dames, documents, Nazis, and a treasure.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Robert Moore
Stars: Peter Falk, Ann-Margret
Length: 92 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 59 found boring (15.25%)

One-line Reviews (22)

It is not ha ha laughter funny, just smirky funny -- but enjoyable smirky.

The dialogue is amusing and often emulates and parodies the snappy dialogue of "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon".

Writer Neil Simon borrows heavily from the Bogart/Sam Spade films but comes up with a sometimes confusing mystery wrapped in a sometimes fun spoof.

And there seem to be entire scenes that go by without a solid chuckle, as in the pointless episode with Ann-Margaret and Sid Caesar.

I haven't seen the 'Murder by Death' film the other reviewers reference, but this film as a stand-alone is highly worth watching.

This movie is not hilarious, nor exceptionally intelligent comedy, but it is still very entertaining.

It is confusing and so many characters (played by a plethora of famous faces) come and go it's hard to keep track of them.

Don't waste your time.

There is just far too much tediously self-indulgent talk (despite the brisk pace with which some it is delivered).

"For the most part, it's boring.

The actual story is secondary, the fun here is the snappy and absurdly funny dialog.

The gag is repetitive and doesn't build on itself.

" There's a dumb beginning, with underinspired opening credits and a drawn out joke about a killer who works so fast the victims haven't time to fall.

I'm not a big Hitchcock fan or history buff personally, but I still found both of those movies very funny and very enjoyable even after multiple viewings.

Airplane got a lot of things connected all at once whereas this just had the snappy dialogue.

I honestly found "Murder by Death" to be a much more enjoyable experience.

Somewhere between dull and painful .

The set up section was a bit slow and had me wondering if I would stay through to the end.

This one stars Peter Falk as a private eye up to his neck in two hopelessly confusing plot-lines goofing on both THE MALTESE FALCON and CASABLANCA.

Enjoyable Pastiche Of Old Private Detective Movies .

Or when Louise Fletcher goes into a patriotic rant to which the Nazi officer says that she 'is beautiful and amazing, and yet an absolute bore'.

With a huge big-name cast, a well-known director in Neil Simon and a good premise (a takeoff on The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca), I was expecting big things from this movie, especially since it was hyped as kind of a sequel to the immensely-entertaining "Murder By Death.