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Adventures of a Private Eye (1977)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 19 June 1977 (UK)
While a private detective is away on vacation, his not particularly bright assistant takes it upon himself to "solve" a case that comes in. Complications ensue.

Director:

Stanley A. Long (as Stanley Long)

Writer:

Michael Armstrong (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Neil Christopher Neil ... Bob West
Suzy Kendall ... Laura
Harry H. Corbett ... Sydney
Diana Dors ... Mrs. Horne
Fred Emney ... Sir Basil
Liz Fraser ... Violet
Irene Handl ... Miss Friggin
Ian Lavender ... Derek
Julian Orchard ... Police Cyclist
Jon Pertwee ... Judd Blake
Adrienne Posta ... Lisa Moroni
Anna Quayle ... Medea
William Rushton William Rushton ... Wilfred
Robin Stewart ... Scott
Veronica Doran Veronica Doran ... Maud
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Storyline

While a private detective is away on vacation, his not particularly bright assistant takes it upon himself to "solve" a case that comes in. Complications ensue.

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Taglines:

The clever dick who uncovers EVERYBODY!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventures of a Private Dick See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Salon Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Gevacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Stanley Long's autobiography, Adrienne Posta claimed that scenes where she exposes her breast were outtakes, and she got her lawyers to demand their removal from the film. However, Long was able to provide evidence to prove that Miss Posta had been fully aware of the exposure, and had not objected at the time. See more »

Quotes

[Detective Judd Blake has just caught his assistant peeping at the keyhole.]
Judd Blake: Amateur. Peering through keyholes is for the amateur.
Bob: I wasn't, actually, Mr. Blake. I just thought I'd dropped something on the floor.
Judd Blake: Bugging, now that's the professional way.
Bob: Bugging.
Judd Blake: Yes, and like everything else, purely a matter of technique. Now you stick with me, and you'll soon learn to be a successful bugger.
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Alternate Versions

The 1987 Academy Home Entertainment VHS version runs 74 minutes. See more »

Connections

Follows Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Rings
(uncredited)
Music by Roger Webb
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Boring, but one thing stands out.
6 April 2002 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

The second of the "Adventures" series, this one features Chris Neil as Bob, an assistant to a P.I. who tries to crack a case when his boss is on vacation. The whole ordeal is done in a slow, boring, unfunny, contrived sort of way.

However, the film perks up when Adrienne Posta comes in. Posta delivers a superb impersonation of Oscar-winning actress Liza Minelli (named Lisa Moroni here) who gives him shelter when the bad guys attempt to eliminate him when he's starting to get a bead on solving the case. Posta portrays Minelli from her role in Bob Fosse's "Cabaret" and looks and sounds like her as well. It's a darkhorse candidate in my book for the best mimic job in the history of cinema. Otherwise, there's not much here to like.


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