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Adventures of a Private Eye (1977)

 |  Comedy, Crime  |  March 1977 (UK)
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While a private detective is away on vacation, his not particularly bright assistant takes it upon himself to "solve" a case that comes in. Complications ensue.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Neil ...
Bob West
Suzy Kendall ...
Laura Sutton
Harry H. Corbett ...
Sydney
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Mrs. Horne
Fred Emney ...
Sir Basil
Liz Fraser ...
Violet
Irene Handl ...
Miss Friggin
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Derek
Julian Orchard ...
Police Cyclist
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Judd Blake
Adrienne Posta ...
Lisa Moroni
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Medea
William Rushton ...
Wilfred
Robin Stewart ...
Scott
Veronica Doran ...
Maud
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While a private detective is away on vacation, his not particularly bright assistant takes it upon himself to "solve" a case that comes in. Complications ensue.

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The clever dick who uncovers EVERYBODY!

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Comedy | Crime

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Adventures of a Private Dick  »

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According to Stanley Long's autobiography, Adrienne Posta claimed that scenes where she exposes her breast were outtakes, and she got her lawyers to demand their removal from the film. However, Long was able to provide evidence to prove that Miss Posta had been fully aware of the exposure, and had not objected at the time. See more »

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[Detective Judd Blake has just caught his assistant peeping at the keyhole.]
Judd Blake: Amateur. Peering through keyholes is for the amateur.
Bob: I wasn't, actually, Mr. Blake. I just thought I'd dropped something on the floor.
Judd Blake: Bugging, now that's the professional way.
Bob: Bugging.
Judd Blake: Yes, and like everything else, purely a matter of technique. Now you stick with me, and you'll soon learn to be a successful bugger.
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Music by Peter Taylor and Peter Reno (i.e. Cliff Twemlow)
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I detect a stinker!
10 January 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

I thought that, by working backwards through the 'Adventures of…' films, I might see a slight rise in quality with each one I watch, ending with the best, but that is most definitely not the case: in fact, Adventures of a Private Eye, the middle film in the 'trilogy', is so diabolical that it's a wonder they ever made a third film.

The action starts in expected low-rent Confessions knock-off style, with private eye assistant Bob West (Christopher Neil) unable to resist taking over the role of detective while his womanising boss (Jon Pertwee) is out of the office for a few days. Agreeing to help sexy Laura Sutton (Suzy Kendall), who is being blackmailed for £50k, he takes off for the countryside to see which of the other potential heirs to Laura's late husband's fortune could be the the extortionist. As the silly plot progresses, the film turns into a very tired murder/mystery farce, albeit one with plenty of gratuitous nudity and soft-core sex featuring some very attractive British babes.

A cavalcade of crass and not in the least bit funny japes, Private Eye is a sorry state of affairs that makes even the weakest of the Confessions movies look like pure comedic genius. But what is REALLY sad about this film is seeing such a talented cast of British comic actors going to such waste: among those given absolutely nothing to work with are Irene Handl, Diana Dors, Liz Fraser, Harry H. Corbett, Willie Rushton, and Ian Lavender.

2.5/10, generously rounded up to 3 for the nostalgia factor, the film showing me West Byfleet Railway Station in all of its 70s glory and an early appearance by Peter Moran, who would go on to play obnoxious ginger Pogo Patterson in classic kids' TV series Grange Hill.


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