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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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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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Step by step, Tim Conway and Don Knotts prove murder can be deadly! See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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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

The scene in the dungeon was shot early on, but the negatives were damaged and the entire sequence had to be re-shot. See more »

Goofs

As Phyllis leads Winship and Tart up the staircase. See more »

Quotes

Nanny: [about Lord Morly] He claimed to have the power to return from the dead.
Dr. Tart: They say the wookalars have the power to return from the dead, too, and they only have a brain the size of a pea.
Inspector Winship: In that case, you'd have a hard time getting into the group.
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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 »

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Barney Fife goes to England
4 August 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

OK, so maybe "The Private Eyes" is sort of a rehash of "Murder by Death", but it's still a laugh riot. It's essentially what would happen if Laurel & Hardy or Gilligan & the Skipper were detectives investigating a murder in an English mansion. In this case, Don Knotts is the irascible straight man and Tim Conway is his dimwitted assistant, looking into the killing of some aristocrats in a possibly haunted estate. The entire movie is basically an excuse for a series of gags, some clever and some cheap. It certainly made me laugh. As for the obvious plot holes...well, it's just a movie.

Yes, there's nothing special about the movie, but I still liked it. Also starring Trisha Noble, Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay on "Bewitched"), Grace Zabriskie, Irwin Keyes and Suzy Mandel.


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