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 ...
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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
A sequel was planned which would have revolved around the private eyes' attempts to find and capture the wookalar. See more »
When Winship and Tart meet the staff in the parlor, Hilda already has Dr. Tart's business card in her bosom before he gives it to her. See more »
[During the interrogation of the staff]
I am Justin... the butler. I was accused of killing my wife and her lovers. But Lord Morley
, bless him!... convinced the authorities it was a case of justifiable insanity... and
... and I've served him happily... ever since...
How many lovers did your wife have?
[Instantly stops crying and says, coldly]
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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 »
Any movie that features Don Knotts as a brilliant detective and Tim Conway as his faithful assistant certainly has courage going for it.
But "Private Eyes" is better than you might expect; the setting (Biltmore Castle) is beautiful, the supporting cast (Fox in particular) is hilarious and a lot, if not all, of the gags are priceless.
Then again, what would you expect from Knotts' above-it-all air of pseudo-intelligence and Conway's endless pratfalls and an overcoat full of pigeons (don't ask)? They're two of the old-school comedians who know what's funny and never try to go further than the jokes will go.
"Private Eyes" works because Knotts and Conway are, more or less, just being themselves. Definitely a film worth seeking out.
You'll laugh. Trust me.
Seven stars. And don't drink the ink.
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