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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

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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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Billy Wilder

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (characters) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Billy Wilder | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stephens ... Sherlock Holmes
Colin Blakely ... Dr. Watson
Geneviève Page ... Gabrielle Valladon (as Genevieve Page)
Christopher Lee ... Mycroft Holmes
Tamara Toumanova ... Madame Petrova
Clive Revill ... Rogozhin
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Hudson
Mollie Maureen Mollie Maureen ... Queen Victoria
Stanley Holloway ... Gravedigger
Catherine Lacey ... Woman in Wheelchair
Peter Madden ... Von Tirpitz
Michael Balfour Michael Balfour ... Cabby
James Copeland James Copeland ... Guide
John Garrie ... First Carter
Godfrey James Godfrey James ... Second Carter
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Storyline

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>

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What you don't know about Sherlock Holmes has made a great motion picture. [USA Theatrical] See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian | French | German

Release Date:

29 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Íntima de Sherlock Holmes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 January 2000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rex Harrison wanted to play Sherlock Holmes, but Writer and Director Billy Wilder turned him down. See more »

Goofs

Holmes observes that sulphuric acid (H2SO4) added to salt water (ie H2O + NCL) will create chlorine gas. It might. But Loch Ness is a fresh water loch. See more »

Quotes

Holmes: We all have occasional failures. Fortunately Dr. Watson never writes about mine.
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Alternate Versions

One edit for British TV trims the scene where Watson berates Holmes about his cocaine abuse. This keeps Watson's question, 'Aren't you ashamed of yourself?', but cuts Holmes' answer, 'Thoroughly. This will take care of it.' See more »

Connections

Referenced in Christopher Lee: Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wilder (2003) See more »

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Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Opus 24
by Miklós Rózsa
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DVD treasures
20 July 2003 | by prospero-1See all my reviews

This has always been one of my favorite movies. A good take on Holmes, a witty story, a bittersweet ending and music by Miklos Rozsa that sets the tone perfectly. When I saw it had become available on DVD I rushed out and bought it, without even checking to see the extras on the disc. The quality of the print is all right, but there are times it should have been better. The extras just kept getting better. Christopher Lee remembers his times playing Holmes in other films as well as Mycroft in this movie. Then there's the film editor who mentions parts of the movie I never heard of. Then the disc shows the deleted scenes in various forms and it's amazing what was cut. There is only one little bit I feel would have explained things in the movie better, but all the scenes are interesting. A must for people who love this film and want a wealth of information.


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