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The Private Eyes (1980)

PG  |   |  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
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Suzy Mandel ...
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Fred Stuthman ...
Lord Morley
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Lady Morley
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Roy
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Detectives casi privados  »

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$18,014,000 (USA)
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Trivia

During the shoot a priceless book went missing from the library in the mansion and Tim Conway was accused of stealing it. In Jan of 1981 the real thief was tried and pleaded guilty of stealing 60 rare books from the 25,000 volume library. He was a former security guard named Robert Livingston Matters. Tim Conway was called the key to the theft for bringing attention to the thefts, not accused of the theft. Someone who worked for the manor went to show Tim a rare book and it was gone and that spurred the investigation, See more »

Goofs

When Tart and Winship spy on Phyllis through the eyes of the painting, they slide pieces of wood away from the openings. When they finish, the sliding piece is gone from Tart's position. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Winship: This isn't one of your better inventions. Who ever heard of a gun that went off every hour?
Dr. Tart: Might save your life someday.
Inspector Winship: Yeah, if you have to shoot someone every hour.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening animated credits, as Dr. Tart walks by he changes the Director's name painted on the fence from "Long Elliott" to "Lang Elliott" See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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If you like Conway/Knotts, then you MUST see!

I admit that this is not a movie that will be sung about by generations to come, but if you like Tim Conway and Don Knotts together (or your sense of humor is from the old Carol Burnette Show) then this one is for you. As a team, these two clearly have advanced slapstick and very much kept it alive. When I watch this I have come close to losing bladder control and at the least have broke down into tears of laughter. This movie isn't meant for kids but clearly the whole family can enjoy (sorta like Rocky&Bullwinkle). If you just want to laugh your butt off for 90 minutes and forget about life for a while, the The Private Eyes is just want you want.


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