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14 December 1975 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Wilder ... Sigerson Holmes

Madeline Kahn ... Jenny Hill

Marty Feldman ... Sgt. Orville Stanley Sacker

Dom DeLuise ... Eduardo Gambetti (as Dom De Luise)

Leo McKern ... Moriarty

Roy Kinnear ... Moriarty's Assistant

John Le Mesurier ... Lord Redcliff
Douglas Wilmer ... Sherlock Holmes
Thorley Walters ... Dr. Watson
George Silver ... Bruner

Nicholas Smith ... Hunkston

John Hollis ... Moriarty's Gunman

Aubrey Morris ... Coach Driver
Tommy Godfrey ... Fred
Susan Field ... Queen Victoria
Joseph Behrmannis ... Russian bidding for Redcliff Document
Wolfe Morris ... Frenchman, bidding for Redcliffe Document
Julian Orchard ... Man in Tails

Kenneth Benda ... Butler
Michael Crane ... Renato
Tony Sympson ... Opera Conductor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Calcutt ... Oscar the page

John Brennan ... Concert Guest (uncredited)

Mel Brooks ... Bruner - offscreen voice over (voice) (uncredited)
Maxwell Craig ... Music Hall Audience Member (uncredited)

Albert Finney ... Man in Audience at Opera (uncredited)
Richard Roth ... Moriarty assistant (uncredited)

Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Old lady (uncredited)

Fred Wood ... Stage Roadie (uncredited)

Directed by
Gene Wilder 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arthur Conan Doyle  characters (uncredited)
Gene Wilder 

Produced by
Charles Orme .... associate producer
Richard Roth .... producer (as Richard A. Roth)
Original Music by
John Morris 
Cinematography by
Gerry Fisher 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
Terence Marsh 
Art Direction by
Alan Tomkins 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... chief makeup
Bobbie Smith .... hair stylist
Production Management
Eric Rattray .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Tomblin .... assistant director
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
George Ball .... property master
Peter Dukelow .... construction manager
Peter Howitt .... set dresser
Stuart Craig .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dino Di Campo .... dubbing editor
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer
William Parnell .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roy Whybrow .... special effects
William Hobbs .... stunt coordinator
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernard Ford .... camera operator
John Jay .... still photographer
Shaun O'Dell .... clapper loader
Ray Potter .... chief electrician
Don Brown .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rita Wakely .... wardrobe (as Rita Wakeley)
Editorial Department
Nigel Galt .... assistant editor
Christopher Greenbury .... assistant editor (as Chris Greenbury)
Music Department
John Morris .... orchestrator
Jonathan Tunick .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Howard Pugh .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Georgiana Hamilton .... continuity (as Georgina Hamilton)
William Hobbs .... fight arranger and advisor
Judy Humphreys .... production assistant
Alan Johnson .... choreographer
Gail Mutrux .... assistant: Mr. Wilder
Domini Winter .... assistant choreographer
Terry Bamber .... production runner (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" - USA (promotional title)
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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

"Orville Sacker" is similar to "Ormond Sacker," the name used in Arthur Conan Doyle's first draft of a Holmes story (in which "Sherrinford Holmes" was the original name of the famous detective).See more »
Anachronisms: 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:Shit.
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41 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
quirky and undervalued, 23 July 2004
Author: fairiesbite from Noho, MA

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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