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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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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

All of main actors and actresses in this movie have now died. Gene Wilder died in 2016, Madeline Kahn died in 1999, Marty Feldman died in 1982, Dom DeLuise died in 2009, and Leo McKern died in 2002. Most of the supporting cast has also died. See more »

Goofs

While Holmes and Watson (in disguise) are serenading Sigerson near the climactic scene, the bow of Sherlock's violin is screwed too tight, making the wood of the bow convex. Although nowadays early music specialists do use this convention in imitation of baroque players, in Holmes' time it would be the sign of an amateur, inexperienced violinist. 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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Featured in Lørdagshjørnet: Gene Wilder (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Simply Crazy Over You
(uncredited)
Written by E. Ray Goetz, Jean Schwartz and William Jerome
Performed by Madeline Kahn
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Waste of Talent
2 February 2004 | by JasonLeeSmithSee all my reviews

Its been years since I saw this movie, but I am still over-awed by the the amount of comedic talent in this movie (Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Leo McKern) and how utterly unfunny it was.

This is a movie that is filled with such lame jokes and cheap shots that it is actually depressing to watch.

What's the worst is that this movie has such a promising premise (Sherlock Holmes has an incompetant younger brother who is obsessed with outshining his older brother), and it goes down in flames almost from the get-go.

Avoid.


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