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The Private Eyes (1980)

 -  Comedy | Mystery  -  17 April 1980 (USA)
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This spoof of the Sherlock Holmes stories finds Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart investigating a strange death in a possibly haunted mansion, while dealing with the beautiful heiress and the ... See full summary »

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Dr. Tart
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Mistress Phyllis Morley
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Justin
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Mr. Uwatsum
Stan Ross ...
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Suzy Mandel ...
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Lord Morley
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Lady Morley
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This spoof of the Sherlock Holmes stories finds Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart investigating a strange death in a possibly haunted mansion, while dealing with the beautiful heiress and the crazed staff which live therein. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Step by step, Tim Conway and Don Knotts prove murder can be deadly! See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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17 April 1980 (USA)  »

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The Private Eyes  »

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$18,014,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The Wookalar was played by the production company's investment banker Bernard (Barney) Rosner. See more »

Goofs

When Winship and Tart first meet the staff, the boom is clearly in view when Tart starts his line, "Eeeny, meeny, miney mo... catch a killer by the..." See more »

Quotes

[Inspector Winship is interrogating Mr. Uwatsum, who is completely bald]
Dr. Tart: [to Inspector Winship] Ask him where he gets his hair done.
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Crazy Credits

During the main title sequence, the cartoon version of Inspector Winship (the Don Knotts character) is blowing on a tuba when the music credit comes up. The director of photography's name appears when two flashlight beams cross. See more »

Connections

References The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) See more »

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Elementary, Don and Tim....
10 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Any movie that features Don Knotts as a brilliant detective and Tim Conway as his faithful assistant certainly has courage going for it.

But "Private Eyes" is better than you might expect; the setting (Biltmore Castle) is beautiful, the supporting cast (Fox in particular) is hilarious and a lot, if not all, of the gags are priceless.

Then again, what would you expect from Knotts' above-it-all air of pseudo-intelligence and Conway's endless pratfalls and an overcoat full of pigeons (don't ask)? They're two of the old-school comedians who know what's funny and never try to go further than the jokes will go.

"Private Eyes" works because Knotts and Conway are, more or less, just being themselves. Definitely a film worth seeking out.

You'll laugh. Trust me.

Seven stars. And don't drink the ink.


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