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The Private Eyes (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Mystery | 17 April 1980 (USA)
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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Inspector Winship
Trisha Noble ...
Mistress Phyllis Morley
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Justin
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Nanny
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Mr. Uwatsum
Stan Ross ...
Tibet
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Jock
Suzy Mandel ...
Hilda
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Lord Morley
Mary Nell Santacroce ...
Lady Morley
Robert V. Barron ...
Gas Station Attendant
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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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Who better to solve England's most puzzling mystery than these two international crime busters? See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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17 April 1980 (USA)  »

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Detectives casi privados  »

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$18,014,000 (USA)
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The film was among a number of pictures, mostly comedies, made and released between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, that revived the old dark house / mansion movie. These films include: The Spiral Staircase (1975), Neil Simon's Murder by Death (1976), The Cat and the Canary (1978), The Private Eyes (1980), House of the Long Shadows (1983), Kenny Everett's Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984), Clue (1985), and Haunted Honeymoon (1986). See more »

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When Winship and Tart are driving to/from the Morley Manor, modern vehicles are visible driving along in the background on Interstate 40, which runs through the Biltmore Estate (the filming location) in Asheville, North Carolina. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Uwatsum: How about a nice bowl of fish eyes?
Inspector Winship: Will you pardon me, please?
Mr. Uwatsum: Ah... Do you like hummingbird cookies?
Dr. Tart: ...No, thank you.
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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 »

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References The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) See more »

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My favorite comedy since I was 8
7 July 2000 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time when I was eight years old, and loved it from the start. Even though at the time I wasn't old enough to get all the jokes, It still had a magic around it that was clearly evident.

Tim Conway and Don Knotts provide the comic base, and are excellent comic partners. They are backed up with great performances by the crazy and somewhat odd "staff" of the couple who's murder they are investigating. This one will have you laughing from start to finish. The comedy is also good, clean humor that the entire family can laugh at.

Another great thing is that the movie also is very suspenseful, as you the viewer don't know everything until the private eyes find it out.


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