The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  29 October 1970 (USA)
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When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sherlock Holmes
Colin Blakely ...
Gabrielle Valladon (as Genevieve Page)
Irene Handl ...
Mollie Maureen ...
Catherine Lacey ...
Woman in Wheelchair
Peter Madden ...
Michael Balfour ...
James Copeland ...
John Garrie ...
First Carter
Godfrey James ...
Second Carter


Director Billy Wilder adds a new and intriguing twist to the personality of intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes. One thing hasn't changed however: Holmes' crime-solving talents. Holmes and Dr. Watson take on the case of a beautiful woman whose husband has vanished. The investigation proves strange indeed, involving six missing midgets, villainous monks, a Scottish castle, the Loch Ness monster, and covert naval experiments. Can the sleuths make sense of all this and solve the mystery? Written by Joel Preuninger <>

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It took a genius to cover up Sherlock Holme's vices, blunders, and bizarre tastes. Sherlock Holmes was a genius. See more »


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Release Date:

29 October 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Íntima de Sherlock Holmes  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Billy Wilder said of this film in the book 'Conversations with Wilder' by Cameron Crowe, "... when I came back [from Paris], it was an absolute disaster, the way it was cut. The whole prologue was cut, a half-sequence was cut. I had tears in my eyes as I looked at the thing...It was the most elegant picture I've ever shot." See more »


In the grave-digging scene, the lantern appears to have an electric light rather than a flame. See more »


Holmes: You've painted me as a hopeless dope addict just because I occasionally take a five-percent solution of cocaine.
Watson: A *seven-percent* solution...
Holmes: Five percent. Don't you think I'm aware you've been diluting it behind my back?
Watson: As a doctor, as well as your friend, I strongly disapprove of this insidious habit of yours.
Holmes: My dear friend, as well as my dear doctor, I only resort to narcotics when I'm suffering from acute boredom, when there are no interesting cases to engage my mind.
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Referenced in The Great Mouse Detective (1986) See more »


Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Opus 24
by Miklós Rózsa (as Miklos Rozsa)
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superb lost neglected masterpiece
8 November 2000 | by (Long Island, New york) – See all my reviews

This film is Billy Wilder's lost masterpiece. The film is presented in a two hour and five minute version. If was originally intended to run over three hours, giving the viewer a larger look into the character of Sherlock Holmes. Even suffering a massive cut, Billy Wilders artistry shines in this film. Stephens is superb as Holmes, He portrays a man of brilliance, and wit who is deeply troubled. Watson is played quite well by Colin Blakely. I would one day like to see this film in its original 3 hr version. Maybe some studio has the lost footage. If this is so, the film could be reconstructed for an even better viewing experience.

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