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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
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The Private Eyes is a fun, creepy romp with two great comics who know how to be funny. The plot centers around the deaths of a lord and his wife. Don Knotts and Tim Conway play the proverbial bumbling detectives brought in to solve the case. Along the way, the staff drops like flies and a mysterious figure in a dark cloak roams the hallways of the spooky Morley Manor. The comedy is old school, with lots of double takes, inane rhetoric and inept behavior with some physical comedy thrown in. Tim Conway plays Costello to Don Knott's Abbott. The multiple murders keep the plot jumping in between the asinine detective work, the staff is kooky and stereotypical and their are some genuinely scary moments. The movie is enjoyable due to the simplicity of the plot, funny script and creative talents of Knotts and Conway as well as the solid supporting cast. Conway's Costello gets a little rough at times but is offset by Knotts who is funny just standing there. Props like the timegun, pigeons and buzzard puss are nice moments of stupidity. A fun movie that's enjoyable after multiple viewings.
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