Adventures of a Private Eye (1977)

UK, 1977
95m
35mm film, in Gevacolor
mono, English

A British sex comedy with some horror elements directed by Stanley Long. It was the second in Long’s Adventures trilogy, following Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1975) and preceding Adventures of a Plumber’s Mate (1978), neither of which have any genre elements

Plot Summary

Left in charge of a private detective agency when his boss goes on holiday, Bob West becomes involved in a number of cases, including one that takes him to an old dark house where he meets a creepy family, members of which are dabbling in witchcraft.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Stanley Long
© Salon Productions Ltd. MCMLXXVII [1977]
Salon Productions present
Produced by: Peter & Stanley Long
Associate Producer: Michael Armstrong
Screenplay: Michael Armstrong
Photographed by: Peter Sinclair
Edited by: Jo Gannon
Music: De Wolfe
Sound: Stan Phillips
Wardrobe: James Wakely
Make-up: Grahame Freeborn
Hair: Marsha Lewis
Art Director: Carlotta Barrow
Made on location in London

Cast
Suzy Kendall (Laura [Sutton])
Harry H. Corbett (Sydney)
Fred Emney (Sir Basil [Lemmington])
Liz Fraser (Violet)
Irene Handl (Miss Friggin)
Ian Lavender (Derek)
Julian Orchard (police cyclist)
Jon Pertwee (Judd Blake)
Adrienne Posta (Lisa Moroni)
Anna Quayle (Medea)
William Rushton (Wilfred)
Robin Stewart (Scott [Radleigh])
Diana Dors as Mrs Horne
Veronica Doran (Maud [Gubbidge])
Jonathan Adams (Inspector Hogg)
Richard Caldicot (Craddock)
Hilary Pritchard (Sally)
Angela Scoular (Jane Hogg)
Nicholas Young (Legs Luigi)
Christopher Neil as Bob West

Alternative Titles

Adventures of a Private Dick – shooting title
Mein lieber Boß, Du bist ‘ne Flasche – German title
Przygody prywatnego detektywa – Polish title
Yksityisetsivän naisseikkailut – Finnish title

Production Notes

Release
In the UK, the film was shown at the Wardour Preview Theatre in London on 10 March 1977 for the purpose of registration with the Board of Trade under the terms of the 1960 Films Act.

References

Periodicals
Film Review vol.2 no.7 (July 1977) p. 32 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.4 no.523 (August 1977) p. 163 – credits, synopsis, review
Screen International no.55 (25 September 1976) p. 11 – credits
Screen International no.71 (22 January 1977) p.21 – illustrated article (A private eyeful of Salon’s new ‘Adventures’ film)
Screen International no.75 (19 February 1977 p. 13-24 – advertising supplement, interview with Stanley Long
Screen International no.75 (19 February 1977) pp.15-16; 22 – illustrated article (Long way from those 1961 days); illustrated interview with Christopher Neil (Adventures’ star with a dual personality) [both as part of a multi-page advertising piece]
Screen International no.76 (26 February 1977) p.2 – note (Films for registration)
Screen International no.80 (26 March 1977) p. 16 – review
Screen International no.249 (12-19 July 1980) p.7 – illustrated note (‘Brian’ leads Eady runners)
Screen International no.251 (26 July-2 August 1980) p.7 – article (‘Python’ tightens grip on Eady)

Books
Film Review 1977-1978 by F. Maurice Speed p.124 – credits, synopsis
Keeping the British End Up
by Simon Sheridan pp.154-155 – illustrated credits, review