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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sherlock Holmes
... Dr. Watson
... Gabrielle Valladon (as Genevieve Page)
... Mycroft Holmes
... Madame Petrova
... Rogozhin
... Mrs. Hudson
Mollie Maureen ... Queen Victoria
... Gravedigger
... Woman in Wheelchair
... Von Tirpitz
Michael Balfour ... Cabby
James Copeland ... Guide
... First Carter
Godfrey James ... Second Carter
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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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The world's greatest detective tackles his toughest case ! See more »


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29 October 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Íntima de Sherlock Holmes  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 January 2000
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Actor Christopher Lee has starred in at least six Arthur Conan Doyle filmed adaptations or related filmed productions. They are: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991), Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls_, and the "The Leather Funnel" episode of Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (1973) [See: "Great Mysteries" (1973) {The Leather Funnel (#1.2)}]. See more »

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Events occur in August of 1887, but when Holmes and Watson visit Mycroft at the Diogenes Club there is snow on the ground and building. See more »

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Holmes: Mrs Hudson! MRS HUDSON!
Mrs. Hudson: Yes? What is it? What have I done now?
Holmes: There is something missing from my desk!
Mrs. Hudson: Missing?
Holmes: Something very crucial!
Mrs. Hudson: What?
Holmes: Dust! You have been tidying up against my explicit orders!
Mrs. Hudson: Oh look, I made sure I hadn't disturbed anything.
Holmes: Dust, Mrs Hudson, is an essential part of my filing system. By the thickness of it I can date any document immediately.
Mrs. Hudson: Well, some of the dust was THIS thick.
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Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Opus 24
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A marvelous, delightful, and must see look at the best know and most famous consulting detective.
19 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Of the films on Sherlock Holmes which have been made, this Billy Wilder version is a masterful blend of drama and comedy. It also has excellent score to match this marvelous film and its main character.

Robert Stephens has captured the mind set of Holmes with a bit of humor added. However, his performance seems slightly detracted with a touch of femininity, but works well within the framework of the film. Holmes, one of the best minds in England, also has a dark side.

Colin Blakely is a fun and delightful bumbling Dr. John Watson, as one might expect in a comic and light hearted film of this nature.

Who else to play Mycroft, but the very talented and marvelous actor, Christopher Lee, who is always a treat to watch.

Genevieve Page is an absolute beautiful and charming woman, making the perfect mystery woman, until her true identity is revealed. We discover a bit of Sherlock's past plans to have wed. But Ms. Page has become the only other woman that has managed to steel the affections of Sherlock's heart.

Over all, an excellent film and a must for any one who enjoys Sherlock Holmes. There is some silly and fun parts to this film, but it only adds to the color and favor of the film and characters. Keep in mind that this is not the PBS series in which you have an entirely different style of Holmes and Watson.

A tid bit for the true movie and Holmes' buffs who enjoy this film. The movie runs over 2 hours, but rumors exists that @50 minutes of the film were cut out before it was released. How marvelous it would be if the 50 minutes were found and added back to the film so we could see the full vision of what Billy Wilder wanted us to see. This leaves us with a real mystery as to what was left on a cutting room floor to be swept out. Or was it swept out? Perhaps as the film begins, the words of Dr. Watson are correct, "Somewhere in the vaults in a bank in London is a tin dispatch box with my name on it...". ???


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