If you like Neil Simon's brand of humor and a movie just full of stars, this is it. It is also reminiscent of one of our all time favorites-Murder By Death with MANY of the same stars so it was a natural for us to watch. We have no idea why we'd never seen or even heard of this movie before but we're glad we finally did. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: pre-owned Sold by: gohastings. Horrible script, Great Cast, Waste of money.
Cheap Detective, The (1978): Neil Simon Unfunny Spoof of Humphrey Bogart Noir Detectives
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To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. IN , 12 Albanian fishermen conquered China, Mongolia and Tibet—one souvenir of that extraordinary moment of history being a set of diamond eggs, each the size and shape of a Grade A, extralarge, brown chicken egg. In pursuit of this prize, more, than a dozen persons converge on San Francisco in to cross and double-cross one another in "The Cheap Detective," Neil Simon's funny, affectionate recollection of "The Maltese Falcon," with substantial references to "Casablanca" and more than a passing interest in "The Big Sleep. Either way you may be right. Simon's collaborators on "Murder by Death" , belongs to a very special subcategory of motion picture comedy whose rules, which have the tensile strength of hot fudge, are what you want to make them. Like Mel Brooks's "High Anxiety," which was a fond overview of the career of Alfred Hitchcock, "The Cheap Detective" is not the parody of ridicule that is most readily appreciated, but a cheerful remembrance of old movies that are as substantial today as they ever were.
Screen: Simon's 'Cheap' Detective':Everybody Revisited
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