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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sigerson Holmes
... Jenny Hill
... Orville Sacker
... Gambetti (as Dom De Luise)
... Moriarty
... Moriarty's Assistant
... Lord Redcliff
... Sherlock Holmes
Thorley Walters ... Dr. Watson
George Silver ... Bruner
... Hunkston
... Moriarty's Gunman
... Coach Driver
Tommy Godfrey ... Fred
Susan Field ... Queen Victoria
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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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14 December 1975 (USA)  »

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Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother  »

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$20,492,000, 31 December 1975
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1.33 : 1
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Early in the film, Sigerson is seen doing some sword play. In real-life, following his 1955 graduation from Iowa, Gene Wilder was accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England. After six months of studying fencing, Wilder became the first freshman to win the All-School Fencing Championship. He was often employed as a fencing instructor and choreographer on stage plays, in which he was involved. 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 »

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[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 Role Model: Gene Wilder (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Kangaroo Hop
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Written by Fred Godfrey and Billy Williams
Performed by Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, & Marty Feldman
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The more times you see this movie, the more you'll like it
24 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

There are a select few movies that I enjoy more each time I watch them. "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" is one of them. I've seen the movie over 20 times, and I laugh out loud every single time.

Every main character in the movie gives a great performance. And, the comedic trio of Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn & Marty Feldman is at its best in this film. Dom DeLouise's performance as the opera singer is a gem as well.

This film marks Gene Wilder's first attempt at movie making without the help of Mel Brooks. Although this film stays close to Brooks' style, Wilder overall uses more subtle humor.

The bottom line is, if you are a fan of Gene Wilder's earlier movies like: Blazing Saddles, Silver Streak, The Producers, Willy Wonka..., Young Frankenstein, etc., then this movie should end up being one of your favorites.


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