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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 »

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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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Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (Laserdisc) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Don Knotts was stricken with mononucleosis during the production. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Tart reads the line "By the way, you're standing in bull ca-ca," the dialogue is clearly dubbed in, and one can tell by watching his lips that Dr. Tart was saying "you're standing in bullsh..." (it's not clear whether he finished the swear or broke off). See more »

Quotes

Gas Station Attendant: [to Dr. Tart] Oh say, do you know you got stuff all over your face?
Dr. Tart: Huh?
Gas Station Attendant: You got stuff all over your face.
Inspector Winship: He's oiling his brain.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening animated credits, as Dr. Tart walks by he changes the Director's name painted on the fence from "Long Elliott" to "Lang Elliott" 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

Spoofs The House of Fear (1945) See more »

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A Personal Favorite
22 July 2003 | by Moondog-6See all my reviews

I've loved this film from the moment I saw it as a kid. To this day Tim Conway's rambling "I think that someone doesn't want anyone to know that there may be someone here that might be someone that's a killer" line still gets me laughing! Highly recommended to anyone in search of a fun (and funny) film!


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