THE CHEAP DETECTIVE (Movie)
Takeoff on 40s PI and spy films, a cross between Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. A gumshoe is accused of murdering his partner; many suspicious characters show up looking for treasure--a dozen diamond eggs.
Hes a nervous gum-chewing New York cabbie.
There is a running gag that Peckinpaugh never tips cabbies, and never even tells them to keep the change. The payoff of the gag is Peckinpaugh telling JB to put the package and his change on the table, after getting him to deliver the package by promising him extra money. (Despite the fact it's supposed to be the same cabbie outside the building, it doesn't sound like JB's voice, and there are three other cab drivers in the credits.)
Los Angeles Times, 6/18/1978, Calendar p.1.
New York Times, 6/23/1978, sec. III, p.8.
(One line only.) "I was told to deliver this to Mr. Peckinpaugh."
27 seconds, in 1 scene at 1 hour, 10 minutes into film.