The Private Eyes 1980 7+ out of 10
I recently revisited The Apple Dumpling Gang and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again on Disney+ and reviewed them over on my Disney blog The Mouse Minute. This venture sent me down a Don Knotts / Tim Conway rabbit hole that lead me to this film which for some reason I had overlooked all these years.
The Private Eyes is a murder mystery detective spoof starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway as rather bad detectives. Basically, think of the classic A Shot in the Dark, but instead of Peter Sellers you get the comedy duo of Tim Conway and Don Knotts trying to solve a murder mystery in a mansion that includes hidden passages and possibly a ghost. All of the employees in the mansion are possible suspects of course including the hunchback.
This was a fun murder mystery comedy. Tim Conway and Don Knotts work so well together as bumbling incompetent detectives. The movie has the feel of The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (a Don Knotts Haunted house movie) meets Abbott and Costello. The film has some really good physical comedy and thrives on the chemistry these two actors have together. If you are a fan of films like the Pink Panther series and the movie Clue you will definitely enjoy this murder mystery spoof as well. Check out the trailer for the film below.
For my thoughts on the Apple Dumpling Gang films go here