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HerlockSholmes

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  1. HerlockSholmes

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Most people that know me say that I don’t know what day it is.☹️
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Wishing everyone over the pond a happy 4th of July 🇱🇷👍
  3. Mods - I hope that this thread is ok? As a bit of a nerdy collector of Holmes/Doyle books, dvd’s, cd’s etc I’m often pleased with myself when I make a find. I may be the only one posting on this thread but here goes. I’m a happy man
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    The 'Other Detectives' Lounge

    I’ve just listened to The Hollow Man and it’s totally unconnected. Sad as I am I still got a Holmes connection. Apart from the Donald Sinden version of Gideon Fell there was another radio play starring Norman Shelley as Fell. Norman Shelley played Watson on the radio for years to Carlton Hobbs’ Holmes. ok so the chances of that ever being a useful piece of knowledge in a quiz is fairly minimal but you never know.😃
  5. Thanks Carol. Sorry about that. It never occurred to me.
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    The 'Other Detectives' Lounge

    I can’t Carol sorry. I’ve only read the first book Hag’s Nook. The Hollow Man is one of the radio shows on YouTube though. I’ll try and have a listen to this one over the weekend and let you know.
  7. I haven’t listened yet but hear they are.
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    The 'Other Detectives' Lounge

    I think you mean this Arcadia.
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    The 'Other Detectives' Lounge

    I can’t recall it Arcadia but you could be right. I’ll have to watch the wedding speech again.
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    Hello

    I don’t know why he uses the Jnr as it’s not like he could get confused with his father (unlike the Bush’s) Apparently it was his dad that introduced him to drugs (marijuana) at the age of six!! Hardly a figure worthy of massive respect? I’m assuming it’s just an affectation like when people (usually in The States) add something like ‘the third’ to their name? It implies that they’re part of a dynasty. Of like Doyle, as Carol mentioned, turning a middle name into a double-barrelled surname.
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    Hello

    He played Lord Blackwood in the first Downey Jnr movie Carol. https://www.google.com/search?q=mark+strong+holmes&safe=strict&rlz=1C9BKJA_enGB704GB704&hl=en-GB&prmd=inv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi90bqXwdDiAhVs6uAKHZHKCvwQ_AUoAXoECBIQAQ&biw=1024&bih=1257#imgrc=irtrsZXQeZkMQM
  12. Yes Arcadia, fairer lives for all....but especially me.😃
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    The 'Other Detectives' Lounge

    I don’t know if anyone has heard of John Dickson Carr? He was an American writer who wrote a biography of Doyle. He was also a writer of classic era crime fiction specialising I guess in the classic locked room-type mysteries. In fact his story The Hollow Man was voted the best locked room mystery ever. He wrote 22 stories using his hero Sir Henry Merrivale (under the pen name Carter Dickson) and 23 stories starring his most famous creation Dr Gideon Fell. These were written between 1933 and 1967. Carr died in 1977. Id always meant to check out Carr’s stories (having only read his biography of Doyle and his famous collection of Holmes pastiches called The Exploits Of Sherlock Holmes, written with Adrian Conan Doyle) Last week I bought Carr’s first Gideon Fell book Hag’s Nook. Let’s just say that I’ll be looking for more. This isn’t a long book 150+ pages but the plot is great, it’s well written Imo, it’s certainly atmospheric and Fell is a great character. He’s a large chap that wears a cape, walks on two sticks and is writing his magnum opus about the history of English drinking habits. Like Nero Wolfe and Morse, Fell likes his beer. Ive also just listened to two Gideon Fell radio plays on YouTube starring English actor Donald Sinden as Fell. Definitely worth checking out. Definitely the kind of book for a wintry night and a glass of something medicinal.👍
  14. On my Apple bookstore I can download these for £4.99 or buy them online for around £7 which is pretty good for 2 discs. I haven’t bought them yet. (Yet!) I’ve been thinking of getting the full Canon read by Stephen Fry but I still haven’t got all of the Clive Morrison radio plays yet!! Sadly I’ve had to seriously put the breaks on my Holmes spending so that I can waste money on crap like food and bills! Life’s just not fair.😪
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    Interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    I think they wanted a more marked contrast between Holmes and Watson. A not particularly bright Watson makes Holmes’ brilliance stand out. And, as you say Carol, they wanted a ‘lighter’ element to the movies and Nigel Bruce was pretty much tailor made for the role providing the comic moments. Doyle’s Watson was never stupid but he often felt stupid next to Holmes (like everyone apart from Mycroft, Moriarty and some of the criminals that thought that they were to clever for Holmes.)
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    I don’t know where I read this Arcadia and I haven’t a clue about how they arrived at it but someone said that women were far less likely to like Laurel and Hardy than men. I have to say that my own personal experience tends to back this up. My two best friends and my two brothers all love them but their wives just don’t get it. Just one of those things I guess.
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    Rate your email service

    My opinion on a matters of technology is the equivalent of getting tutoring on String Theory from a particularly unintelligent Amazonian Rainforest Tribesman. But..... for what it’s worth Carol I’ve never had a single issue with using gmail.
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    John C Reilly is having a mixed time of it. Everyone appears to hate Holmes and Watson but everyone appears to love Stan and Ollie. As a huge L & H fan I’m dying to see this movie. Have you or anyone else seen it yet?
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    Interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    I afraid I’m firmly in the Houdini camp on this one. I genuinely think that they are all conmen/women preying on the grief stricken who desperately want to believe. Others will disagree of course. It’s one of those subjects like religion and politics that means a lot to many. This is my opinion anyway.
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    Interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    There’s a very good book on the Edalji Case called Conan Doyle and the Parson’s Son by Gordon Weaver and a very good fictionalised version called Arthur And George by Julian Barnes. Other good books where Doyle dealt with real life crimes are: Conan Doyle For The Defence by Margalit Fox - Doyle worked to secure the release of Oscar Slater. The Mile End Murder by Sinclair Mackay - Doyle tried to discover the killer of an old woman. There’s also The Ardlamont Mystery by Daniel Smith - this was an investigation of a murder where 2 doctors Henry Littlejohn and Joseph Bell we’re called in to help. Doyle based Holmes on Joseph Bell. Youre right that Doyle was utterly taken in by Spiritualism aided by his second wife who claimed to have a spirit guide. Doyle donated the equivalent of millions of pounds to the cause. He even fell out with his good friend Harry Houdini over the subject. Doyle accepted that there were fraudulent mediums but believed that most were genuine. Houdini felt that they were all charlatans and set about proving it by exposingmany of them. Then there was The Cottingley Fairies of course but the less said about that the better.😃
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    I’m not overwhelmed with desire to see the Ferrell movie either. Holmes and Watson are pretty much ripe for comic interpretations and you’d feel that with some good writing someone could come up with a funny movie but every single person that I’ve heard comment on this movie has basically called it a complete turd of a movie. I haven’t seen Sherlock Gnolmes either but there’s a fair chance that it’s the more watchable of the two. The Hammer Hound is great imo. Cushing is one of the best Holmes. Christopher Lee is in it too playing Sir Henry Baskerville.
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    You surprise me when you say that you’ve never seen TSPS Carol. I absolutely love it but there are some that aren’t keen. I do like The Great Mouse Detective too. I’m yet to see Sherlock Gnomes or the Holmes & Watson movie but ill get them eventually. Have you, or anyone else, seen the Hammer Hound Of The Baskervilles with Peter Cushing as Holmes?
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    The Curious Case of James Moriarty and James Moriarty

    I haven’t read that one but I do have Anno Dracula.
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    The Curious Case of James Moriarty and James Moriarty

    I’m wondering if it was one of a series of 5 books by Michael Kurland which have Moriarty as a more benign criminal mastermind who only commits crime to finance his scientific research. He helps people too and even saves Holmes life. Holmes is a bit rigid in these books though. To him a criminal is a criminal and Moriarty should be behind bars. Kurland wrote 5 books and I loved them and wish that he’d write another. I don’t know if these titles ring any bells? Who Thinks Evil The Infernal Device The Great Game The Empress Of India Death By Gaslight I highly recommend these books. Never thought I’d find myself cheering Moriarty on😃
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    You can still see his Holmes movies on YouTube or buy them cheaply. He made 5 but one is missing. Aptly called The Missing Rembrandt.
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