This film has flown under the radar for far too long. As a team, these two clearly have advanced slapstick and very much kept it alive. This movie has been a favorite of mine since I was little. The film is filled with sophmoric humor and jokes that just don't make me laugh now. Trisha Noble, Bernard Fox, and Fred Suthman give pretty good supporting performances.
Much interesting trivia is revealed about the entire production. Tim Conway is typical Tim from the Carol Burnette Show but it really is both of them together that makes this movie so funny. That is the plot in a nutshell. If you haven't seen this flick, it is right up there with Young Frankenstein as the funniest of all time. Since Don Knott's recent death and subsequent attention, it seemed this movie was never mentioned.
And now I'm giving my son similar fond memories. Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. It was filmed at in ,. It's just so silly you can't help but laugh. I first saw this movie about nine years ago.
Tart trying their hardest to solve the murders of Lord and Lady Morley. Grace Zabriskie, who seems to be channeling Cloris Leachman in her Mel Brooks days; in fact, every supporting character in the film is a tired cliche, a trope already sent up by Mel Brooks in numerous, funnier efforts. In this case, Don Knotts is the irascible straight man and Tim Conway is his dimwitted assistant, looking into the killing of some aristocrats in a possibly haunted estate. I like the mark they've made with this movie and their other works as well. There's a seductive femme fatale on hand at the manor, along with a whole house staff full of shady suspects led by a Germanic? For whatever reason, I think it's terrific.
What more could you ask for other than for the commentary to have been recorded at a time when Don Knotts could also have participated? In the same era of true family entertainment movies like The Apple Dumpling Gang and Cloak and Dagger, I grew up watching this movie over and over again. Our five year old laughs so much. It also had a bit more audio. Thank you to Tim Conway, Don Knotts and Lang Elliott for such a fun movie, and to Henstooth Video for such a great presentation on Blu-ray. It certainly made me laugh. No bad words one is implied, but not spoken totally clean for the whole family. The film ends with the private eyes' car careening down the road as they scream in terror, due to the sudden appearance of a wookalar from their newly acquired sarcophagus.
They meet a bizarre variety of folks--a samurai cook, a mass-murdering butler, and a well-endowed maid--all of whom get killed off, one at a time. The plot isn't deep, but very light and funny. A really young child might not like the 'creepiness' of this movie but my 10 year old watched it and loved it. If you just want to laugh your butt off for 90 minutes and forget about life for a while, the The Private Eyes is just want you want. Tim Conway and Don Knotts play a couple of bumbling what else? As for the obvious plot holes.
He then wrote a letter to inspector Winship and Dr. No disappointment here, just plenty of laughs and good memories. But that could just be a coincidence. The heiress is then arrested and the private eyes are thanked with a gift of a very rare , which is placed in their car. 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. However, each of their bodies disappear before the detectives can show them to the heiress. And don't drink the ink.
It is absolutely hilarious watching these stars! After months of searching movie rental locations, with no progress, I decided to try Amazon. The full-screen presentation looks funky, with a distracting vertical white line on the left side of the screen. Korman always seemed to be in on the joke, and his own innate hamminess helped to somewhat temper Conway's tendency to overwhelm whatever scene he was in. Though through it all Knots and Conway shine the brightest as they try to make heads or tails of the investigation interrogating everyone in the house at the time of the death and so on. 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.
Tim Conway is credited as one of the writers. Classic slap-stick for those of us who miss the days of real comedic screenplay, and also zero special affects on a mediocre budget makes it all the more real. It made a strong enough impression on me to find it out as a much older adult and take a trip down memory lane. So thrilled that my siblings are now buying their own copies for themselves. This one will have you laughing from start to finish. It also was actually a good whodunit movie even though that was exactly what this movie was trying to spoof to a certain degree.
The story has to private eyes played by Knots and Conway investigating what appears to be a murder. If watching Threes Company reruns aren't enough to get your Don Knotts dose, then this movie is for you. This film is classically funny. We've never laughed so much!!! Having spent a few weeks with the disc, I can say it was worth every penny. Want updates on when new shows are available? As the inspectors investigate the case at the mansion, some of the members of staff are discovered dead, but the bodies disappear even before the detectives can even examine them.