Directed by: Robert Moore
Starring: Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan, Peter Falk, Sid Caesar
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Other mistake: As the police lift the body of the 'dead' hotel clerk from behind the desk, you can see his eyes look around a bit.
Continuity mistake: Marsha Mason is standing between Abe Vigoda and Vic Tayback.After a quick close-up of Peter Falk suddenly she is standing next to Peter.
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Jasper Blubber: And what is the charge, may I ask?Lieutenant DiMaggio: The murder of Floyd Merkle and five unimportant people.
Though Phil Silvers is shown prominently in the credits, he has only about 2-3 seconds of screen time at the end of the movie. Silvers suffered a stroke in the early 70's; "The Cheap Detective" was made in 1978. His speech had become slurred and likely affected his performance abilities.