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The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)

The younger brother of the consulting detective tries to steal Sherlock's glory by solving an important case assisted by an eccentric Scotland Yard detective and a lovely but suspicious actress.

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Gene Wilder

Writer:

Gene Wilder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Wilder ... Sigerson Holmes
Madeline Kahn ... Jenny Hill
Marty Feldman ... Orville Sacker
Dom DeLuise ... Gambetti (as Dom De Luise)
Leo McKern ... Moriarty
Roy Kinnear ... Moriarty's Assistant
John Le Mesurier ... Lord Redcliff
Douglas Wilmer ... Sherlock Holmes
Thorley Walters ... Dr. Watson
George Silver George Silver ... Bruner
Nicholas Smith ... Hunkston
John Hollis ... Moriarty's Gunman
Aubrey Morris ... Coach Driver
Tommy Godfrey Tommy Godfrey ... Fred
Susan Field Susan Field ... Queen Victoria
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Storyline

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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,492,000, 31 December 1975
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Douglas Wilmer played Sherlock Holmes in two previous productions - the first season of the TV series Sherlock Holmes (1964) and in an episode of the TV series Detective (1964). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Sigerson Holmes is eating the chocolates from the floor, he gets chocolate all over his face. Through the scene, the chocolate smudges on his face change. First it's very heavy, then its nearly gone and very light, and then when the camera angle is panned out the smudges are heavier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Royal Herald: The Foreign Secretary, Lord Redcliff!
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...
Queen Victoria: [handing him the document] Lord Redcliff, the fate of England is now in your hands.
Lord Redcliff: 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]
Lord Redcliff: Woof!
Lord Redcliff: It's alright, Your Majesty! I've got it! I've got it. All's well that ends well!
Queen Victoria:
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Moon Zero Two (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball): Singing at the Party; I Want You Now; Very Sexy Wine
(uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Gene Wilder, and the opera singers
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Hilarious
16 September 2006 | by buddhadan-1See all my reviews

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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