Continuity mistake: When "Ms. Montenegro" is talking to Lou about her niece at the Convent and Kennels, he sits down, and next to his elbow there's an object on the desk. After a quick cut, the object has disappeared entirely with no explanation and with Peter Falk in the same position as before. (00:12:00)
Trivia: 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.
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