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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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Mistress Phyllis Morley
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Justin
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Nanny
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Mr. Uwatsum
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Tibet
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Hilda
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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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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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Trivia

The oddball range of characters who represented the mansion's staff included a Nazi, a blonde, a butler, a gypsy, a samurai, and a hunchback. 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

Dr. Tart: [reading the note from the killer] I said when I died, that I'd come back. If you believe in ghosts, you're on the right track. I'm out of the grave, and roaming the moores. If you want to be safe, you better lock all the windows and screens.
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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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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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