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Plot: 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 ... Runtime: 91 mins Release Date: 17 Apr 1980
From all the Don Knotts and Tim Conway films I've seen, this is by far my favorite. The brilliant chemistry between the actors is enough to keep the movie going, but it doesn't stop there. The plot itself, while admittedly spoofed, is intriguing, and I didn't expect the ending at all the first time I saw it. The fouled-up poems are always good for a laugh, not to mention the exceptionally well played "stoff," not staff . The time-gun gag is priceless, and was undoubtedly an idea of Conway himself. From what I recall from an interview I saw with Don Knotts, he said this, <more>
and all others with Conway are personal favorites, because they were so "hard to produce." As he put it, it took probably three or four times as long to film as it should have because he and Conway couldn't stop improvising the script, and laughing, and so on. This is one film that I would love to see outtakes from. In all, a very good film with loads of laughs...some subtle, some in your face, but all-around a really good film.
I saw this movie for the first time when I was eight years old, and loved it from the start. Even though at the time I wasn't old enough to get all the jokes, It still had a magic around it that was clearly evident.Tim Conway and Don Knotts provide the comic base, and are excellent comic partners. They are backed up with great performances by the crazy and somewhat odd "staff" of the couple who's murder they are investigating. This one will have you laughing from start to finish. The comedy is also good, clean humor that the entire family can laugh at.Another great thing is <more>
that the movie also is very suspenseful, as you the viewer don't know everything until the private eyes find it out.
One of the funniest and most overlooked comedy teams of all time. (by jwpeel-1)
I was just watching a bunch of people talking about the Andy Griffith Show ans the Don Knotts Barney Fife character and immediately, I thought about this film and one scene that still makes me laugh out loud when I think of it. I was never a big fan of the gang from Mayberry especially Goober who makes my skin crawl, but I digress but the Don Knotts character I will always fondly remember is the nervous guy on the man in the street interviews with Steve Allen and the one that was such a great match for the hysterically funny Tim Conway.I also love Sherlock Holmes so this made this movie a <more>
must see for me. Don Knotts as a "brilliant detective with COnway as his befuddled partner makes it all the more "I have to see this one" kind of movie. I caught it originally on HBO in the days BEFORE cable TV and that one scene where the two send off a carrier pigeon but forget to open the glass door before throwing it in the air makes me laugh even as I'm typing this. And when that unfortunate bird walks in loopy circles, if you don't laugh until your sides hurt or tears run down your face when you see it, you must have no soul so i don't want to know you.I love this movie and have to have that DVD now that I know it's available.
This movie is very lighthearted and funny. It is one of, if not the best, of Don's films. If only it were available to buy. Until then, my taped TV version will have to do. Don Knotts is my favorite actor of all time. Keep them coming Don!
Comedy with thrills will delight kids and adults. (by jrs-8)
Let me set the record straight right off the top. "The Private Eyes" is no comedy classic. But it is a fun film that will amuse adults and make kids laugh and shriek with delight.Tim Conway and Don Knotts play a couple of bumbling what else? Scotland Yard detectives assigned to investigate a murder at a castle in England actually North Carolina . While in the castle they stumble across loads of creepy characters and situations.For anyone who has enjoyed this type of film "Hold That Ghost" with Abbott and Costello, and "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" come to mind <more>
, "The Private Eyes" delivers the goods. Of course if you sit there and try to analyze it too deeply you are apt to dislike it. Just sit back with the family and have a good laugh.
To get Don Knotts and Tim Conway together in a haunted horror movie spoof was just a great treat to sit back, laugh, and enjoy the memorable interaction between these two kings of slap stick comedy. Both have great timing for slap stick comedy, and you just know that they are going to play off each others stupidity. No disappointment here, just plenty of laughs and good memories. I can't wait to have grand children and sit them down to be entertained without the use of any computer graphics, violence, or blood and gore. Don Knotts and Tim Conway remind me a lot of Abbot and Costello in <more>
their prime. The Private Eyes is a fun loving movie, with an endless reel of gag after gag, slap stick accident after accident, and you will probably shed a few tears of laughter before the movie ends. A must see for any age if you like two great comedians who make any scene special.
Knotts and Conway on the Case! (by JLRMovieReviews)
Don Knotts and Tim Conway are THE Private Eyes in this silly film about murder. In the beginning, we see an elderly rich couple in their Rolls-Royce, just before going out to dinner for the evening, as the husband goes in the mansion of a house to retrieve his gloves or something or other, when an unknown assailant oh no from the back seat strangles the poor wife. The husband comes back and gets bopped on the head from behind, and the culprit drives them and their car into a nearby lake. So enters Scotland Yard's best! detectives on the job to investigate the murders. But wait <more>
there's a shadow parading through the secret crevices and compartments throughout the mansion and killing all the help, while the detectives are trying to figure out their assignment. That is the plot in a nutshell. I admit that needs the right kind of easy-going mind-set going into this type of film, because if you don't have it, then all these shenanigans and one-liners will seem simple, childish, and downright dumb. But I found myself really getting into it with some really good laughs. Costarring Bernard Fox, "Dr. Bombay" from the hit TV show "Bewitched,"this is a silly but entertaining murder mystery that delivers.