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Adventures of a Private Eye (1977)

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 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 A. Long's autobiography, Diana Dors was paid £525 for her cameo. However, she insisted that £425 was given to her in cash, so that she only put £100 through the books. 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 »

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Followed by Adventures of a Plumber's Mate (1978) See more »

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Music by Peter Taylor and Peter Reno (i.e. Cliff Twemlow)
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I detect a stinker!
10 January 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

I thought that, by working backwards through the 'Adventures of…' films, I might see a slight rise in quality with each one I watch, ending with the best, but that is most definitely not the case: in fact, Adventures of a Private Eye, the middle film in the 'trilogy', is so diabolical that it's a wonder they ever made a third film.

The action starts in expected low-rent Confessions knock-off style, with private eye assistant Bob West (Christopher Neil) unable to resist taking over the role of detective while his womanising boss (Jon Pertwee) is out of the office for a few days. Agreeing to help sexy Laura Sutton (Suzy Kendall), who is being blackmailed for £50k, he takes off for the countryside to see which of the other potential heirs to Laura's late husband's fortune could be the the extortionist. As the silly plot progresses, the film turns into a very tired murder/mystery farce, albeit one with plenty of gratuitous nudity and soft-core sex featuring some very attractive British babes.

A cavalcade of crass and not in the least bit funny japes, Private Eye is a sorry state of affairs that makes even the weakest of the Confessions movies look like pure comedic genius. But what is REALLY sad about this film is seeing such a talented cast of British comic actors going to such waste: among those given absolutely nothing to work with are Irene Handl, Diana Dors, Liz Fraser, Harry H. Corbett, Willie Rushton, and Ian Lavender.

2.5/10, generously rounded up to 3 for the nostalgia factor, the film showing me West Byfleet Railway Station in all of its 70s glory and an early appearance by Peter Moran, who would go on to play obnoxious ginger Pogo Patterson in classic kids' TV series Grange Hill.


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