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Release Date:
17 April 1980 (USA) See more »
Who better to solve England's most puzzling mystery than these two international crime busters? See more »
This spoof of the Sherlock Holmes stories finds Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart investigating a strange death in a possibly haunted mansion... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tim Conway ... Dr. Tart

Don Knotts ... Inspector Winship
Trisha Noble ... Mistress Phyllis Morley

Bernard Fox ... Justin

Grace Zabriskie ... Nanny

John Fujioka ... Mr. Uwatsum
Stan Ross ... Tibet

Irwin Keyes ... Jock
Suzy Mandel ... Hilda
Fred Stuthman ... Lord Morley
Mary Nell Santacroce ... Lady Morley
Robert V. Barron ... Gas Station Attendant

Patrick Cranshaw ... Roy

Russi Taylor ... Doll Voice (voice)
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Directed by
Lang Elliott 
Writing credits
Tim Conway (written by) &
John Myhers (written by)

Produced by
Wanda Dell .... producer
Lang Elliott .... executive producer
Lang Elliott .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Matz 
Cinematography by
Jacques Haitkin 
Film Editing by
Patrick M. Crawford 
Casting by
Lang Elliott 
Art Direction by
Vincent Peranio 
Costume Design by
Christine Goulding 
Makeup Department
Karoly Balazs .... hair stylist (as Karoly T. Balazs)
Sidney Perell .... makeup artist (as Sid Perell)
Production Management
Robert Dijoux .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Simons .... second assistant director (as Jimmy Simons)
Douglas E. Wise .... first assistant director (as Doug Wise)
Art Department
Lee Berger .... assistant property master
Katherine Dover .... art department assistant
Beth Sheldon .... art department assistant
Gary Van Fleet .... property master
Lynn Wolverton-Parker .... assistant art director (as Lynn Wolverton)
Sound Department
Jim Cook .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Fineman .... supervising sound editor
Richard Bryce Goodman .... sound mixer
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Maryte Kavaliauskas .... boom operator
Anthony Magro .... sound effects editor (as Tony Magro)
Rich Steven .... sound effects editor
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... sound effects editor (as Don Warner)
Nick Wolfe .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (as Dick Albain)
Ron Hall .... special effects
Don Powers .... special effects
Jerry Winchell .... special effects
Michael Cassidy .... stunts (as Mike Cassidy)
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Tommy Huff)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator (as Charley Picerni)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (as Charley Picerni)
Gardner Doolittle .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Crazy Bear .... grip
Scott Buttfield .... best boy gaffer
Anne S. Coffey .... first assistant camera (as Ayne Coffey)
Mike Connors .... grip
Fred H. Dresch .... electrician (as Fred Dresch)
Steve Dubin .... second assistant camera
Robert K. Feldmann .... electrician (as Robert Feldman)
Howard Herrington .... electrician
Shirley Libby .... still photographer
Edwin Myers .... assistant camera (as Ed Meyers)
Gil Schwartz .... key grip
Brian Smith .... grip
Kenny Smith .... dolly grip
Jeffrey Sudzin .... electrician (as Jeff Sudzin)
Tim Suhrstedt .... camera operator
Tim Suhrstedt .... director of photography: second unit
Christopher Tufty .... gaffer
William Vanderkloot .... assistant camera (as Bill Van Der Kloot)
Mark Wagner .... electrician
Gary Waldman .... assistant camera
Animation Department
John Wilson .... animator: main title
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Lynn Scott .... wardrobe assistant (as Deborah Scott)
Editorial Department
Cathy Bates .... assistant film editor
Dennis Brookins .... negative cutter
Scott Hancock .... assistant film editor
Staness Jonekos .... post-production secretary
Mark Lione .... apprentice editor
Jim Schurmann .... color timer
Fabien D. Tordjmann .... supervising film editor (as Fabien Tordjmann)
Music Department
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Emmett Burton .... supplier: picture cars
Lee Elmendorf .... driver: transcord
John Jacobs .... driver
Christopher Ricker .... transportation captain
Don Schisler .... driver: insert truck (as Donald Schisler)
Other crew
Steve Becker .... wrangler
Dianne Bradley .... production secretary
Michael N. Cobin .... production accountant
Ro Cobin .... bookkeeper
C.W. Henderson .... publicist (as Charley Henderson)
Daniel Maughon .... craft service (as Danny Maughon)
Jackie Saunders .... script supervisor
Samuel P. Scott .... general partner: The Private Eyes Partners, Ltd.
Elaine Smith .... production coordinator
Jerry Whittington .... key location scout (uncredited)

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91 min | USA:97 min (Laserdisc version) | USA:100 min (TV version)
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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 »
Continuity: The acid in the tea is supposedly strong enough to dissolve a teaspoon, yet Inspector Winship doesn't feel it when it spills over his fingers.See more »
Mr. Uwatsum:Ah... So.
Inspector Winship:What'd you call me?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
One of my favorite movies, 26 February 2002
Author: Jeff ( from Jacksonville, FL

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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