The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Billy Wilder, 1970)

When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.

Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Geneviève Page, Christopher Lee

Roger Ebert didn't like this much when he reviewed it in 1971. Like me, he'd read and reread the Sherlock Holmes stories, and he thought this one lacked flair. I think it's a perfectly adequate, workmanlike invention of a new SH story by Wilder and L.A.L. Diamond. It has six midget acrobats, seven Trappist monks, a submersible masquerading as the Loch Ness monster, a dwarf Queen Victoria, Scottish scenery ... what more could one want? I don't remember seeing Stephens before, but he manages Holmes OK. However, it's a bit odd having Christopher Lee in the same cast, as brother Mycroft. Lee has much more gravitas than Stephens. Blakely dithers and faffs about, as interpreters of the role of 'my dear Watson' usually do.

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Roger Ebert review
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Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 19 April, 2017 | Now: 19 April, 2017