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

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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: 10 out of 65 found boring (15.38%)

One-line Reviews (25)

Don't waste your time.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Somewhere between dull and painful .

"For the most part, it's boring.

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

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

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

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'.

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.

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

Enjoyable Pastiche Of Old Private Detective Movies .

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.

Dull lines, dull and strained delivery (especially by Louise Fletcher who, whatever else she was, was no comedienne.

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.

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

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.

) For my money if people played it straight they might have got something out of Simon's dull script.

Simon, in pretty much all he's done, demonstrates a genius for the mediocre and there's really noone in this laboured and strained farce who stands out in this waste and time and talent.

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