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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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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    That’s the newer version. It was ok but I thought Watson stole the show. Sadly the actor that played Watson is now dead. He was found lying in his apartment with a head wound. The 1980’s one is certainly worth watching with Vasili Livanov as Holmes. Vitally Solomin who played Watson died of a stroke at 60. It’s not lucky to play Watson in a Russian Holmes series. Livanov is still going strong at 83. Probably the oldest living Holmes actor.
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    I’m unsure what ACD would have made of Brett’s performance? I’m unsure if he ever saw a talking Sherlock Holmes, apart from on stage of course, with Clive Brook becoming the first talking Holmes in 1929 with Doyle dying in 1930? As Brett’s performance stood out so much when he first appeared how much of a culture shock would he have appeared after Norwood and Gillette? Sir Arthur might have considered him over the top but I certainly think that he would have appreciated Wontner and then Rathbone. Peter Cushing had the same dedication to faithfulness when he played Holmes. Forever trying to correct the scriptwriters and to preserve the real Holmes. Your right Hikari, Brett was 6” 1’ and Rathbone had brown eyes. It’s strange but Brett doesn’t give the impression of being tall. As far as who was the visually the best Holmes; the one that resembles Paget’s drawings the most, Arthur Wontner usually gets the vote. https://www.google.com/search?q=arthur+wontner+sherlock+holmes&safe=strict&rlz=1C9BKJA_enGB704GB704&hl=en-GB&prmd=inmv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi72PSZz8PhAhWfVBUIHdmEAYEQ_AUoAXoECAsQAQ&biw=1024&bih=1257#imgrc=SIA6mHBjkqmR0M https://www.google.com/search?q=arthur+wontner+sherlock+holmes&safe=strict&rlz=1C9BKJA_enGB704GB704&hl=en-GB&prmd=inmv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi72PSZz8PhAhWfVBUIHdmEAYEQ_AUoAXoECAsQAQ&biw=1024&bih=1257#imgrc=WV-rqWmKPxqlZM
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    That’s fine Carol no need to apologise. You can’t watch everything. Just out of curiosity which Russian series did you see an episode of? Was it the very recent one or the 1980’s Livanov Holmes?
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    None of you will be surprised that I go for Brett too. I think that he added more depth to the character and certainly more drama and quirkiness. That’s not to detract from Rathbone’s masterful performance though. It would have been great to have seen Rathbone in a more faithful to the originals series. We certainly can’t blame Brett for the scripts that he had to work with. When the best Holmes are ever discussed or put into polls Brett usually comes first (especially with Holmes Societies) but Rathbone is always up there; occasionally winning. I’ve seen a few recent ones though where BC has won. Brett, Rathbone And Cumberbatch are often the only ones that people are familiar with. There are certainly a few major performances to add to any list. Douglas Wilmer, Peter Cushing, Arthur Wontner to name but three. As most posters on here are primarily Sherlock fans I often wonder which other interpretations they might have seen and what they thought of them?
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    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    True. Unless Dracula gets the stake through the heart at the end of the final part?
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    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    I don’t read all the Sherlock news to be honest but I think that everyone (involved in the show) assumes that there will eventually be another series. As soon as Dracula is done, which I’m sure will be a stand alone three parter, then talk of Sherlock will begin. Then it will just be a matter of when they are all available. Twenty three years since the Grenada series I still keep expecting to hear that someone will attempt another traditional Holmes series? I think two things stand in its way 1) the popularity of Sherlock (and other modern versions) and 2) no one wants to follow and be judged against Brett. who knows?
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    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    I don’t know if this qualifies as ‘news?’ https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2019-04-06/louise-brealey-there-were-plans-for-a-sherlock-special/amp/
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    You might have hit the nail on the head there Carol. The kindly, avuncular, honest, decent, (if not very bright) figure. Pretty much every character Bruce played in moviesfrom the very few that I’ve seen.
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    It interesting to speculate how different the overall effect or appeal of the Grenada series might have changed had Rathbone have played Holmes instead of Brett (given a time machine of course.) Apart from the first two movies Rathbone was playing in movies that barely touched on the Canonical stories and, much as I’m fond of Nigel Bruce, he spent some of his screen time in the role of ‘straight man.’. He was superb in The Hound so wouldn’t it have been great to have seen him in faithful reproductions like the Grenada series? It would certainly have been different but it’s difficult to judge how different. It would still have been a great series. I love Rathbone as Holmes. He was my first Holmes. It took a towering performance by Brett to knock him off the number one spot on my list.👍 ps. I’ve mentioned before that it’s strange that whenever I read a Holmes story (whether Canonical or a pastiche) I hear and visualise Brett accept for when I’ve read Laurie King’s Holmes And Mary Russell stories (King gets the names the wrong way around - an oversight I’m sure😃) when I hear and see Rathbone.
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    I love this one. https://www.google.com/search?q=rathbone+holmes&rlz=1C9BKJA_enGB704GB704&hl=en-GB&prmd=nimv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiP3Yih9LThAhWDqHEKHdgKC9oQ_AUoAnoECAwQAg&biw=1024&bih=1257#imgrc=eEvSJzzjdS3ioM
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    The WTF Thread

    You take you’re life in your hands over there Carol. I’m assuming that you’re not next to a forest where incredibly inept archers are known to try and hone their skills? Its a sobering thought that it might have been some lunatic. At least no one was hurt. Im off to Nottingham at the weekend. Home of Robin Hood. I’ll watch out for stray arrows.
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    The WTF Thread

    You don’t have any Apaches living nearby do you Carol? Maybe it’s time to circle the wagons.😃
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    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

    I certainly hope not Sheerluck.👎
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    The 'Other Detectives' Lounge

    The good thing is that they price different versions/publications of the same book. A week or so ago I was looking for one and there were prices ranging from £25-£40 which was more than I was willing to pay. I eventually found one for £11. Ebay annoys me sometimes when I see something I want and it’s from another country (sometimes The States) and the book is £4 but the postage is £30! It’s all about having the patience to shop around and the restraint not to just pay because you really want something. The latter is my weakness☹️
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