Film & Water #148 – The Cheap Detective



Rob welcomes Luke Daab back to the podcast to discuss Neil Simon's THE CHEAP DETECTIVE, a spiritual sequel to MURDER BY DEATH, starring Peter Falk, Eileen Brennan, James Coco, Marsha Mason, and many more!

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10 responses to “Film & Water #148 – The Cheap Detective

  1. In the midst of listening, but just wanted to post this before I forget: The song Brennan is singing is the Edith Piaf classic “La Vie En Rose” (Life in Pink). Piaf is considered one of France’s most iconic singers. Marion Cotillard won an Oscar for playing Piaf in the 2007 film (also titled) La Vie En Rose. I saw it in the theater & it’s one of the few films that actually made me cry. Piaf’s life was filled with great triumph & tragedy. This would be an excellent film to cover for a future episode.

  2. Just for the record, my Burt Reynolds fandom is almost entirely centered around Smokey and The Bandit…which also starred Paul Williams!

    I haven’t seen this movie, but I really enjoyed Murder by Death, so I’ll on the lookout for it. You had me at Anne Margaret and Madeline Khan!


    1. Don’t forget these Burt Reynolds movies all worthy of praise:
      The Longest Yard
      Boogle Nights
      Starting Over

  3. Darn! Chris literally stole my “you had me at Madeline Khan” line. Now, I need to come up with something else clever to say. How about…

    As I was listening to you list the stars in this movie, I kept remembering how I had first seen him/her on The Muppet Show, then Luke brought up The Muppet Show, and I had to laugh. Now, of course, I need to both watch The Cheap Detective and rewatch The Muppet Show. Hmm, I wonder if there are any good Muppet Show podcasts out there?

  4. An excellent show! I really enjoyed Murder By Death (and Clue) as a kid but had never heard of this movie before this podcast so now I need to track this one down. I was also sold just by hearing Madeline Kahn was in it, but also Eileen Brennan! They both are actors that consistently make me laugh out loud with their comedic acting.
    Keep up the great work…. and great movies!

  5. Off-topic question…is there anywhere that I can find a basic list of Film & Water episodes? I enjoy playing the random, vintage episode, but it involves randomly selecting one of nineteen pages and scrolling through the titles for ten episodes.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m not smart enough to know where to look for a list of all episodes on a single screen/page.

  6. I saw this movie when I was much younger. At the time, I recognized ‘Columbo,’ ‘Major Winchester,’ and ‘Lili Von Shtupp.’ I need to go back and watch it again now that I have a better appreciation for the rest of the talent on display.
    Rob, I do like the idea of the Ghostbusters cast reuniting for a non-Ghostbusters project. My fear is, it would turn out like Fierce Creatures with the cast of A Fish Called Wanda. The talents of John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin were not properly displayed in that reunion.

  7. My dad took me to see this film in the theater when it came out. Dad was a huge fan of Bogey and noir. So this was more for him than me.

    I have only one memory of the movie. Even at that tender age, I was floored with how beautiful Anne Margret was. I can vividly remember looking at my dad and saying she was pretty, perhaps the first time I said that out loud. He said ‘we all like her’ Anj’.

    If you like La Vie En Rose by Piaf, listen to Rien De Rien, the ultimate Piaf song.

  8. You asked if there was ever a smart send-up of the superhero genre, and I’d have to give that to 1999’s Mystery Men. Unfortunately, that film came out way before its time and, I feel, doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

  9. I saw this film when it came out, but I was too young to appreciate it. The only thing I remembered from it was Peter Falk answering the candlestick phone by putting the earpiece to his ear and his gun to the mouthpiece and saying, “Hello?” Now that I’ve seen most of the source material, and I recognize the rest of the cast, I’d like to watch it again!
    As I write this, it is the day after the news of Neil Simon’s passing.

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