The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Musical  |  14 December 1975 (USA)
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The younger brother of the consulting detective tries to steal Sherlock's glory by solving an important case assisted by an eccentric Scotland Yard detective and a lovely but suspicious actress.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Gambetti (as Dom De Luise)
Douglas Wilmer ...
Sherlock Holmes
Thorley Walters ...
George Silver ...
John Hollis ...
Tommy Godfrey ...
Susan Field ...


Sherlock Holmes' younger brother is annoyed that he has had to live in Sherlock's shadow for so long. When Sherlock goes to the continent, he sends a case to his brother who constantly tries with varying success, to imitate Sherlock's deductive and observational tricks. Written by John Vogel <>

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14 December 1975 (USA)  »

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Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother  »

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The 1970s were an era for a number of Sherlock Holmes comedies. This movie was made and released about five years after Billy Wilder's comedy The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), just under a year before The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) and three years before The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978). It was made thirteen years before Without a Clue (1988). See more »


At one point in the movie, one sees an advertising for OXO, however, the trademark was not introduced until 1899, 8 years after the setting of the movie. See more »


[first lines]
Royal Herald: The Foreign Secretary, Lord Redcliff!
Lord Redcliff: [rehearsing what to say under his breath] Your Majesty, being inside of your confidence is the greatest joy I've ever known. Ahem...
Queen Victoria: [handing him the document] Lord Redcliff, the fate of England is now in your hands.
Lord Redcliff: Your Confidence... being inside of Your Majesty is the greatest single joy I've ever known.
[realizing what he's said, he tosses the document away]
Lord Redcliff: Woof!
Lord Redcliff: It's alright, Your Majesty! I've got it! I've got it. All's well that ends well!
Queen Victoria:
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quirky and undervalued
23 July 2004 | by (Noho, MA) – See all my reviews

I really don't understand why this film isn't better-known. It's been a favorite of mine for years, and is very funny, if rather off-beat and quirky. Perhaps it's an acquired taste, and its nay-sayers haven't watched it enough; I don't know. It's full of some of the best comic talent ever to appear to the screen, and they do an admirable job. From the oddly reticent detective who has been forced to live in his brother's shadow, to the gorgeous music hall singer/compulsive liar, to the villain who must do something truly rotten every twenty minutes, the characters are very original and manage to surprise laughs out of audiences who never have any idea what to expect from them--a true rarity when put in the context of the modern comic film. Don't believe me, however; watch it yourself and form your own opinion.

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