The Cheap Detective Poster

Release Date: 1978

DVD Release Date: November 13th, 2001

PG|1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary
In this satire of film noir, Lou Peckinpaugh (Peter Falk) is a San Francisco detective in the boozy, wise-cracking tradition of Humphrey Bogart in "The Maltese Falcon." A suspect in the murder of his own partner, Lou hopes to solve the crime and exonerate himself before the cops haul him in. Meanwhile, he takes a case involving stolen diamonds, and gets reacquainted with his old flame, Marlene DuChard (Louise Fletcher), who's on the run from the Gestapo.

Cast: Peter Falk, Ann-Margret , Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, Stockard Channing, James Coco, Dom DeLuise, Louise Fletcher

Director: Robert Moore

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: EMI Films Ltd., Columbia Pictures Corporation, Rastar Pictures

Keywords: Investigation, Underdog, Pursuit, Lighthearted, Amusing, 1940s, Mystery, Office