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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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,014,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Laserdisc) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Matz was the musical director on The Carol Burnett Show (1967) and agreed to compose the score for the film as a favor to Tim Conway. See more »

Goofs

The acid in the tea is supposedly strong enough to dissolve a teaspoon, yet Inspector Winship doesn't feel it when it spills over his fingers. See more »

Quotes

Gas Station Attendant: [to Dr. Tart] Oh say, do you know you got stuff all over your face?
Dr. Tart: Huh?
Gas Station Attendant: You got stuff all over your face.
Inspector Winship: He's oiling his brain.
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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

Also in the TV version was a scene where Dr. Tart painted one of his pigeon's black to hide it from the person who shot the last one. Winship leaves him and Tart tosses the bird out an open window, only to find the painted wings stuck to his hands. He quickly shoves his hands into his pockets and follows Winship. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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If you like Conway/Knotts, then you MUST see!
8 November 1999 | by redfivemdSee all my reviews

I admit that this is not a movie that will be sung about by generations to come, but if you like Tim Conway and Don Knotts together (or your sense of humor is from the old Carol Burnette Show) then this one is for you. As a team, these two clearly have advanced slapstick and very much kept it alive. When I watch this I have come close to losing bladder control and at the least have broke down into tears of laughter. This movie isn't meant for kids but clearly the whole family can enjoy (sorta like Rocky&Bullwinkle). If you just want to laugh your butt off for 90 minutes and forget about life for a while, the The Private Eyes is just want you want.


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