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Private Eyes

By Bret Fetzer

Don Knotts and Tim Conway star in The Private Eyes, a 1980 comedy about two bumbling detectives solving a murder. It's an impressively incompetent affair. Every ancient joke falls with a muffled thud as Knotts and Conway ham their way through the pointless story: The lord and lady of a capacious manor are killed, and the lord's ghost seems to have returned to knock off the staff one by one. There's an austere housekeeper, a snooty butler with compulsive twitches, a sexy upstairs maid, a deformed groomsman, and a buxom young heir to the estate, who of course is going to be in some state of undress before the movie is over. People get killed, their bodies disappear, Knotts and Conway wander aimlessly through secret passageways, dimly seeking some way out of this movie. Conway cowrote the script, so he gets most of the blame; Knotts was probably just happy to have the work

 

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"One of my all-time favorite movies! Thank goodness I have not acquired the critical sophistication of Bret Fetzer; it must be awful not to be able to enjoy a farcical masterpiece such as "Private Eyes". By the way, that "buxom young heir to the estate" was Tricia Noble of Sydney, Australia, who was honored in March 2001 for her life and contributions to the field of entertainment, and in May 2001 was nominated for Musical Theater Performer of the Year. Also, she plays a character in "Star Wars: Episode II", due for release in 2002."

--Sid White



 

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Director: Lang Elliott

Stars: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Trisha Noble, Bernard Fox, Grace Zabriskie, John Fujioka, Trisha Noble, Red Stuthman

Released: April 17, 1981

Availability: DVD VHS


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