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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 ... 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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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

Richard Roth: Moriarty's assistant. See more »

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At one point in the movie, one sees an advertising for OXO, however, the trademark was not introduced until 1899, 8 years after the setting of the movie. 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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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
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Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Gene Wilder, and the opera singers
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Sheer lunacy meant to be hilariously funny provides only a few chuckles...
1 November 2011 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Gene Wilder's attempt to do what he did for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN doesn't quite work this time around. Not that the cast isn't as talented as ever, including the wonderfully droll Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman for whom Wilder has written roles ideally suiting them.

But the gags that come fast and furious provide chuckles now and then, not the side-splitting laughter intended. Fans of Wilder will no doubt appreciate much of the crazy humor, but it all begins to wear a bit thin by the time we reach the third act.

There's some clever humor with lyrics of songs that the actors often burst into in the midst of reciting their foolish dialog, and most adept at this sort of thing is Madeline Kahn who turns the film's topsy-turvy plot up a notch merely by her presence on the screen. She's enchanting, giving herself fake identities at the drop of a hat and forcing Wilder to call her "Miss Liar" several times.

But the subplot involving Dr. Moriarty, played with comic relish by Leo McKern, is extremely foolish and played for low comedy to such an extent that it becomes merely tolerable. And Dom DeLuise's attempt at playing an Italian opera singer comes across as rather lame, including his Italian accent.

Definitely not a film for everyone, but fans of Gene Wilder will no doubt overlook the shortcomings. The film has been impressively mounted and handsomely photographed in Technicolor with the visual look of Victorian London on full display.


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