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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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Cast overview:
... Dr. Tart
... Inspector Winship
... Mistress Phyllis Morley
... Justin
... Nanny
... Mr. Uwatsum
Stan Ross ... Tibet
... Jock
Suzy Mandel ... Hilda
... Lord Morley
Mary Nell Santacroce ... Lady Morley
... Gas Station Attendant
... Roy
... 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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17 April 1980 (USA)  »

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Detectives casi privados  »

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$18,014,000
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The newspaper on the day after the murder (just before the opening credits) is dated Thursday, May 23, 1940. See more »

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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 »

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Dr. Tart: [reading the note from Lord Morley] Now you will see, I can do something right. I'm going to show you, a killer tonight. I want Phyllis to come to my chamber, and see. Who what the one, who murdered Lady Morley and myself.
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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 »

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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

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Conway & Knotts "at it again" -- Pleasant nonsense
29 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Tim Conway & Don Knots are the definitive pair of fools. Here they are called upon to solve a double-murder. They receive their instructions from one of the victims, the "Lord" of a mysterious castle. The staff consists of various "freaks", all looking as though they are characters from a "fun house".

The slap stick (which is happening every minute throughout the film) is often so silly that belly-laughs are assured. Although predictable (we know that nothing serious could happen to our stupid heroes), the entire show is rather amusing and keeps the viewer's interest.

Tim Conway is credited as one of the writers. The DVD version includes many added features. Especially noteworthy is a full length commentary track running alongside the faded out action. Much interesting trivia is revealed about the entire production. Fans of the star comedians will enjoy this film, and the added attractions on the DVD will be a welcome bonus.


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