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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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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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Detectives casi privados  »

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Sixth and final major star teaming of American comedy duo Don Knotts and Tim Conway in a cinema movie. The two would cameo later in Cannonball Run II (1984) and co-star in the animated tele-movie Hermie: A Common Caterpillar (2003), (their final collaboration). Their other movies include: Gus (1976), The Prize Fighter (1979), The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) and it's sequel The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979). See more »

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The title of the movie is "The Private Eyes", yet Tart and Winship are employed by Scotland Yard so they are not "private" detectives. See more »

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[Inspector Winship is interrogating Mr. Uwatsum, who is completely bald]
Dr. Tart: [to Inspector Winship] Ask him where he gets his hair done.
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During the main title sequence, the cartoon version of Inspector Winship (the Don Knotts character) is blowing on a tuba when the music credit comes up. The director of photography's name appears when two flashlight beams cross. 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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