The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes ()

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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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Sherlock Holmes
Dr. Watson
Gabrielle Valladon (as Genevieve Page)
Mycroft Holmes
Madame Petrova
Mrs. Hudson
Mollie Maureen ...
Queen Victoria
Woman in Wheelchair
Von Tirpitz
James Copeland ...
First Carter
Godfrey James ...
Second Carter
Hotel Manager
Paul Hansard ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Anthony ...
Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Wiggins (uncredited)
Charlie Young Atom ...
Submarine Crewman (uncredited)
Christopher Beeching ...
Male Dancer trying to seduce Watson (uncredited)
Minister (uncredited)
George Benson ...
Inspector Lestrade (uncredited)
Madame (uncredited)
Girl (uncredited)
Martin Carroll ...
Scientist (uncredited)
Petrova's Maid (uncredited)
Cassidy (uncredited)
Eric Francis ...
Gravedigger #2 (uncredited)
Christopher Gable ...
Danseur Nobel (uncredited)
Equerry (uncredited)
Ismed Hassan ...
Submarine Crewman (uncredited)
Marilyn Head ...
Girl (uncredited)
Sheena Hunter ...
Girl (uncredited)
Annette Kerr ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Teddy Kiss Atom ...
Submarine Crewman (uncredited)
Wendy Lingham ...
Girl (uncredited)
Scientist (uncredited)
Anna Matisse ...
Girl (uncredited)
Kynaston Reeves ...
Old Man (uncredited)
Daphne Riggs ...
Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
Phillip Ross ...
McKellar (uncredited)
Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
Willie Shearer ...
Submarine Crewman (uncredited)
Judy Spooner ...
Twin (uncredited)
Tina Spooner ...
Twin (uncredited)

Directed by

Billy Wilder

Written by

Arthur Conan Doyle ... (characters) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Billy Wilder ... (written by) and
I.A.L. Diamond ... (written by)

Produced by

I.A.L. Diamond ... associate producer
Billy Wilder ... producer

Music by

Miklós Rózsa ... (as Miklos Rozsa)

Cinematography by

Christopher Challis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Ernest Walter

Editorial Department

Margaret Miller ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Lesley De Pettit ... (as Lesley De Pettitt)

Production Design by

Alexandre Trauner ... (as Alexander Trauner)

Art Direction by

Tony Inglis

Set Decoration by

Harry Cordwell ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

Julie Harris

Makeup Department

Biddy Chrystal ... hairdresser
Ernest Gasser ... makeup artist
Roy Ashton ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Larry DeWaay ... production supervisor
Eric Rattray ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Tom Pevsner ... assistant director

Art Department

Leon Davis ... construction manager
Vernon Dixon ... set dresser
Terry Parr ... set dresser
Michael Boone ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Frank Willson ... assistant art director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Roy Baker ... sound editor
Danny Daniel ... sound recordist (as J.W.N. Daniel)
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound recordist
Dudley Messenger ... sound recordist
Danny Daniel ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
John Hayward ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Charlie McFadden ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Cliff Richardson ... special effects
Wally Veevers ... special effects
Peter Hutchinson ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
John Richardson ... special effects unit supervisor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Doug Ferris ... matte artist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Freddie Cooper ... camera operator (as Frederick Cooper)
Paul Jordan ... clapper loader: second unit
John Palmer ... focus puller (uncredited)
Bob Penn ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Dorothy Edwards ... wardrobe supervisor: women (uncredited)
John Hilling ... wardrobe supervisor: men (uncredited)

Location Management

Ivo Nightingale ... location manager

Music Department

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ... orchestra
Miklós Rózsa ... conductor (as Miklos Rozsa)
Angela Morley ... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Lucie Svehlova ... musician: solo violin, Tadlow re-recording (uncredited) / orchestra leader: Tadlow re-recording (uncredited)
David Tamkin ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

Maurice Binder ... title designer: main title
David Blair ... ballet advisor / dance arranger
Henry E. Lester ... production consultant: Sir Nigel Films Ltd.
Elaine Schreyeck ... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • La vie privée de Sherlock Holmes (France)
  • Das Privatleben des Sherlock Holmes (Germany)
  • La vida privada de Sherlock Holmes (Spain)
  • A Vida Íntima de Sherlock Holmes (Portugal)
  • Viaţa personală a lui Sherlock Holmes (Romania)
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  • 125 min
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Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia With a two hundred sixty-page script and a budget of ten million dollars, this was set to be a two hour and forty-five-minute Road Show movie with an intermission for comfort. It was to be the "Big One" for Billy Wilder. The shooting schedule ran for six months and resulted in a rough-cut that came in at three hours and twenty minutes. The movie was originally structured as a series of very specifically structured linked episodes, each with a particular title and theme. The opening sequence was to feature Watson's grandson in London claiming his inherited dispatch box from Cox & Company, and there was also a flashback to Holmes' Oxford days to explain his distrust of women. All were shot, but deleted from the final print. So what happened? Well, it appears that United Artists suffered several major movie flops in 1969 that pretty much scuppered the road show format for Wilder's massive project. Studio execs ordered the movie to be cut to fill a regular theatrical running time, whittling it down to a two hour and five-minute version. The episodic format made the pruning process relatively simple, so cut were the opening sequence, the Oxford flashback and two full episodes titled "The Dreadful Business of the Naked Honeymooners" at fifteen minutes, and "The Curious Case of the Upside Down Room" at thirty minutes. We can only hope that the full footage can one day be restored, although a full print is not currently thought to exist. See more »
Goofs The events start in August 1887 and apparently take place in the following weeks or, at most, months. However, Mycroft Holmes tells Queen Victoria that Kaiser Wilhelm II had Count Zeppelin working on dirigibles that could drop bombs on Buckingham Palace. Wilhelm II did not become Kaiser until 15 June 1888, and Zeppelin did not start constructing rigid airships until the 1890s. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes: Interview with Editor Ernest Walter (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Opus 24 See more »
Quotes Watson: Holmes, let me ask you a question. I hope I'm not being presumptuous, but... there *have* been women in your life, haven't there?
Holmes: The answer is yes...
[Watson breathes a sigh of relief]
Holmes: ...You're being presumptuous. Good night.
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