Lou Peckinpaugh
Created by Neil Simon

"Being a private eye may not be much, but we do have a code of honor. It's all right to fool around with your partner's wife, but once he's dead it makes it all so dirty. That's the way it is, angel. You marry yourself a nice guy, have a couple of swell kids. Once you're all set up and happy, maybe we can fool around again."

LOU PECKINPAUGH is The Cheap Detective, in Neil Simon's film of the same name. A decent take-off on about a thousand B-films, particularly The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca, it's got enough eccentric characters and loopy plotlines (and a cast of thousands!) to stand up nicely beside some of its targets.

Peter Falk shines as Peckinpaugh, a poor gumshoe trying to find out who plugged his partner, while avoiding the advances of six different women. As the tagline puts it, "He knows every cheap trick, cheap joke, cheap shot and cheap dame in the book."

Fluff, but fun. It's a sort of follow-up to Simon's better-known mystery satire, Murder by Death (1976), which included Falk as similarly rumpled P.I. Sam Diamond.

And if you like this one, it's worth checking out, as are Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and The Black Bird.




Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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