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Tim Conway (written by) &
John Myhers (written by)
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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)

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)
Location Management
Jerry Whittington .... key location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor: La Da Productions
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

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Also Known As:
91 min | USA:97 min (Laserdisc version) | USA:100 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The film's animated opening sequence was designed in the style of the "Pink Panther" film franchise's opening cartoon credits.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 »
[Reading a note next to the dead Hilda]
Dr. Tart:Hilda is dead, and here's something to note. You can't bury her at sea, 'cause her bosoms will float.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV)See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
My favorite comedy since I was 8, 7 July 2000
Author: BNewby13 from Salt Lake City, Utah

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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