During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems.
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 <Jhpreunin@aol.com>
According to Billy Wilder, since because of schedule conflicts he couldn't himself supervise the bowdlerization of the picture demanded by the Studios, he entrusted the task to the editor, Ernest Walter. Nevertheless, Wilder supposedly strongly disliked the cuts made by Walter, and couldn't re-edit the movie because all the deleted scenes were lost or thrown away. Some of those scenes are available today, but never with both the audio and the video intact. See more »
In the grave-digging scene, the lantern appears to have an electric light rather than a flame. See more »
Criminals are as unpredictable as head colds. You never know when you're going to catch one.
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Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) and Dr. Watson (Colin Blakely) get
involved in a very weird case involving a mysterious French woman
(Geneuieve Page), Sherlock's brother Mycroft (Christopher Lee),
midgets, Scotland, the Queen and the Loch Ness Monster! Believe it or
not they all come together. I originally saw this on TV back in the
late 70s but it was so heavily edited (for instance, the entire first
half hour was gone because it dealt with gay characters which was still
a taboo on TV back then) that I couldn't follow it and gave up. Now
it's back on uncut and I'm glad I'm finally able to see it.
A very strange movie but lots of fun. Some people think this is a
spoof. It really isn't but there are some very funny moments--my
favorite is at the beginning when Holmes blasts Watson for how he
writes about his cases--"Watson, I've never said 'elementary my dear
Watson' in my life!""Poetic license Holmes". There's also quite a few
funny one liners mostly delivered with great relish by Stephens and it
does deal with the sexual relations of Holmes and Watson (it was hinted
that they were gay lovers). But it does involve a very serious case and
the jokes stop towards the end.
Stephens is actually very good as Holmes--he won't make you forget
Basil Rathbone but he's not bad. Colin Blakely isn't as big a buffoon
as Nigel Bruce was but he tends to overact a little. Page is just
terrible as the mystery woman--but then again, English is her second
language. Lee, surprisingly, is kind of stiff as Mycroft. He's a very
good actor--I'm surprised to see him so bad.
The movie is very lavish (probably because Billy Wilder was
involved)...a lot of money and attention was given to sets and
costumes, and they actually went on location to shoot the end in
Scotland. The cinematography is just beautiful and the movie was never
dull. It doesn't always mix the comedy with the drama successfully but
it works more often than it misses. As most people know this was
HEAVILY edited before it was released and the uncut version doesn't
seem to exist anymore. That's too bad but what remains is not bad.
Worth catching...a must see for Holmes fans.
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