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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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Lang Elliott
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Cast

Cast overview:
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 Stan Ross ... Tibet
Irwin Keyes ... Jock
Suzy Mandel ... Hilda
Fred Stuthman ... Lord Morley
Mary Nell Santacroce Mary Nell Santacroce ... Lady Morley
Robert V. Barron ... Gas Station Attendant
Patrick Cranshaw ... Roy
Russi Taylor ... Doll Voice (voice)
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detectives casi privados See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,014,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Laserdisc) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Lord Morley's car drove into the lake, it sank into the mud and the stunt driver nearly drowned. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Tart uses pigeons to deliver messages back to Scotland Yard, and he attempts to send them a few times at night. But pigeons can't fly at night because they can't see in the dark. See more »

Quotes

[Inspector Winship is interrogating Mr. Uwatsum, who is completely bald]
Dr. Tart: [to Inspector Winship] Ask him where he gets his hair done.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The television version which first aired in the early '80s included an extra scene, set in the dining room of Morley Manor. Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart switch identities trying to fool Mistress Phyllis and her staff. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hall & Oates: Private Eyes (1981) See more »

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"Two-thumbs Up" (Highly recommended if you need a good laugh)
4 February 2001 | by r_frankieSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie about nine years ago. It was loaned to my younger brother by his friend. I never saw this movie again because my brother's friend (and the movie) left town. After months of searching movie rental locations, with no progress, I decided to try Amazon.com to find this hilarious comedy. I'm very happy to say that "The Private Eyes" movie was FOUND! When I told John(my brother) that I had found "The Private Eyes" movie(on VHS & DVD)he immediately ordered two of these Don Knotts & Tim Conway classics. We've never laughed so much!!! Thank You so much Amazon.com. P.S. I would like to know if Lang Elliot would consider or did consider making a sequel.


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