Sherlock Holmes' younger brother is annoyed that he has had to live in Sherlock's shadow for so long. When Sherlock goes to the continent, he sends a case to his brother who constantly tries with varying success, to imitate Sherlock's deductive and observational tricks.Written by
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The film's title and story set-up are an in-joke referring to Sherlock Holmes' older brother, Mycroft Holmes, who was introduced in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter", and described as Sherlock's intellectual superior. In Doyle's short story "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans", Sherlock described the British government's reliance on Mycroft's prodigious intellectual powers as follows: "You are right in thinking that he is under the British government. You would also be right in a sense if you said that occasionally he is the British government, Mycroft draws 450 pounds a year, remains a subordinate, has no ambitions of any kind, will receive neither honour nor title, but remains the most indispensable man in the country." See more »
The opening caption says the year is 1891. However, the calendar on the safe in Gambetti's dressing room, around 1:00:55, shows Wednesday, April 14, which day of the week and day of the month did not coincide between 1886 and 1897. But, since this is a fictional story, it doesn't matter. See more »
The Foreign Secretary, 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...
[handing him the document]
Lord Redcliff, the fate of England is now in your hands.
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]
It's alright, Your Majesty! I've got it! I've got it. All's well that ends well!
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Well, I can see that this movie really didn't get the best reviews, which surprised me as it is one of my favorite movies ever.
I thought back on it while posting my 9 out of 10 review and I can see how others might not enjoy this style of humor, as it does take getting used to and not everyone gets that chance because the movie is rarely played.
If you are a Gene Wilder fan, a Marty Feldman fan, a Madeline Kahn (sp?) fan, or a fan of sherlock holmes, then this movie is for you. Yes, it's a bit dry in places, and yes it can be a bit flighty, but if you can stick it out and just turn off the logical part of your mind for a bit and go along with the wild ride, I think that in the end, you'll buy a ticket and ask to go on the ride again.
The singing numbers, the wild looks of Kahn, Wilder and of course my buggy eyed friend, Feldman, help to make this movie quirky and humorous at the same time. The dark London (I think it's in London) streets and the perpetual night helps to make this a very fun period piece with humor at every step.
For someone such as myself who does enjoy a good Sherlock Holmes story, I truly loved the way that our main character (Wilder) is constantly getting things so way off. Such as when he thinks he is describing the person on the other side of the door based on the clues he has and then he is so way off that it's hilarious.
See this movie, and if you need to watch it again to fully enjoy it, give it about a week and then see it again. It's worth the multiple viewings.
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