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Sherlock Holmes | Film review

26 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Everyone has their favourite Sherlock Holmes impersonator, as well as their favourite Holmes story, novel and film. For me the best Holmes is the one played on stage in 1974 by John Wood. But I admire Jeremy Brett's on TV and retain immense affection for Basil Rathbone, the first Sherlock I saw, partly because he looks like the Sidney Paget illustrations, and partly because he has the right combination of intelligence, wit, poise and world-weariness. I later came to wish that Rathbone had a better companion than Nigel Bruce's dithering, dim-witted Dr Watson. My favourite story is a toss-up between "The Red-Headed League" (which Woody Allen drew on for Small Time Crooks) and "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" (I once had the privilege of showing its Hampstead setting to blind Conan Doyle fan Jorge Luis Borges), and my favourite novel is The Sign of Four. My favourite adapted »

- Philip French

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