The Private Eyes [DVD] [1980]

Wacky comedy doesn't come any broader than The Private Eyes, featuring '80s favorites Don Knotts and Tim Conway as bumbling detectives attempting to find out who killed Lord and Lady Morley. The small distributor Hen's Tooth Entertainment brings The Private Eyes to DVD for fans of this low-budget comedy. The bad news is that The Private Eyes is presented in a very grainy full-frame transfer. The blacks were not always solid, though the colors were usually bright and clear. Certainly a widescreen version is preferred, or even a cleaned-up version of the print. The audio for The Private Eyes is presented in a less than stellar Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono track. No subtitles are included, though the Dolby 2.0 track is clear of any distortion. Extra features include a scratchy full-frame theatrical trailer for The Private Eyes, as well as a commentary track featuring Tim Conway and producer/director Lang Elliott. The track is a lot of fun, including zingers and production information from both men. The Private Eyes is not as up to par as it should be, but it could have been much worse.
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Special Features

  • Chapter search
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Photo gallery of production stills
  • Audio commentary by Tim Conway and Lang Elliott


The Private Eyes
Tim Conway and Don Knotts play two bumbling Scotland Yard investigators out to solve a double murder in this silly send-up of vintage, "old dark house" films. The intrepid Winship (Knotts) and his assistant Tart (Conway) arrive at a Gothic mansion occupied by the grieving heiress Phyllis (Tricia Noble), whose parents have just perished under suspicious circumstances. Meanwhile, a quirky crew of servants ranging from a butler with serious rage issues to a samurai warrior cook and busty maid with a bubbly personality all display likely motives for murder. As a mysterious, black-cloaked killer methodically dispatches with the help, the inept investigators search for clues while being watched by paintings with moving eyes, exploring a frightful a torture chamber, and attempting to communicate with their superiors at Scotland Yard via carrier pigeons who never seem to reach their intended destination. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Tim Conway
    Tim Conway - Dr. Tart
  • Don Knotts
    Don Knotts - Inspector Winship
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    Trisha Noble - Mistress Phyllis Morley
  • Bernard Fox
    Bernard Fox - Justin
  • Grace Zabriskie
    Grace Zabriskie - Nanny

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