The Private Eyes (1980)

Genres - Comedy, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy Thriller, Detective Film  |   Release Date - Apr 17, 1980 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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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.

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amateur, Britain, bumbler, chase, detective, friendship, ghost, investigation, investigator, killing, murder, Scotland-Yard