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The Private Eyes (1980)

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

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 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

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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Gross USA:

$18,014,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A sequel was planned which would have revolved around the private eyes' attempts to find and capture the wookalar. See more »

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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 »

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Justin: [During the interrogation of the staff] I am Justin... the butler. I was accused of killing my wife and her lovers. But Lord Morley
[begins crying]
Justin: , bless him!... convinced the authorities it was a case of justifiable insanity... and
[sobs heavier]
Justin: ... and I've served him happily... ever since...
[crying heavily]
Dr. Tart: [Sympathetically] How many lovers did your wife have?
Justin: [Instantly stops crying and says, coldly] Thirteen.
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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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References The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) See more »

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Elementary, Don and Tim....
10 September 1999 | by Mister-6See all my reviews

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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