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HerlockSholmes

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    Whats Your Favorite Case?

    I can never answer that question. Or at least I rarely give the same answer twice. The Speckled Band is often near or even at the top of lists of ‘best’ Holmes story’s. The Bruce Partington Plans is usually up there too; it’s certainly one of my favourites. I’d always put The Hound up there too because it’s such an iconic story. I’ve always loved The Red-Headed League too and The Naval Treaty and Silver Blaze and The Norwood Builder and The Empty House and........I think you get the picture😃
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    Jeremy Brett

    No argument from me on this point👍
  3. I was thinking of buying the mp3 set. It’s about £28 on eBay at the moment but I’m really trying to be sensible with my Holmes collecting. ☹️ Who am I kidding? I’ll get them eventually of course. I can also recommend the Holmes radio series staring Clive Morrison as Holmes. For me he’s the best radio Holmes (even better than Hobbs)
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    Recently watched movies

    Today I got my pre-ordered copy of Der Hund Von Baskerville which had been missing for years. It was filmed in 1929 and was the last silent Holmes movie. It was a touch expensive at £35 (around $45) but worth it (to me at least😃) Carlyle Blackwell’s Holmes is described in the movie as the genial detective. Has Holmes ever been called genial before? There are some pretty atmospheric scenes and I believe that they spent more money on the Dartmoor scenery than they did for the brilliant Rathbone Bruce version. There’s also a 1914 short Holmes Hound to watch which I’ll watch tomorrow along with the extras. A day of Holmes collecting utopia for me. Id recommend this to anyone but I can’t see anyone dashing out to buy it😃
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    Female Sherlock!

    I didnt know if anyone had heard of this or where to post it so Moderaters ‘feel free to move.’
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    Doyle canon/pastiche film collection

    I never thought of the Sign Of Four Wontner movie.👍
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    The Language (and travel) Thread

    I think I unwittingly invented a phrase there Carol😃 I haven’t a clue where that one came from. ‘By a long chalk’ is more like it. Its the Queen’s English not mine after all😃
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    The Lion's Mane

    Absolutely Hikari. I think it always rankled that he never got the plaudits that he might have expected, and certainly hoped for, from his historical novels. I’ve read a few and they’re pretty good but then again I’m not the best judge by a long straw. They certainly aren’t remembered in anything like the same way as Scott or RL Stevenson. Although Doyle dismissingly called his Holmes stories his ‘police mysteries’ but they made him and he knew it.
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    The Lion's Mane

    And this is why I live in a country where there’s nothing more dangerous than a badger😃
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    The Lion's Mane

    It’s indicative of how Doyle regarded his detective fiction in comparison to his historical fiction when we consider research. For his book The White Company for example he did huge amounts of research as he wanted to get everything just right from weaponry to battlefield tactics to historical background. When it came to his Holmes stories however he simply wanted to tell an interesting and exciting tale. He got many things wrong and made many errors. If he hadn’t have we wouldn’t have people writing scholarly pieces on the minutiae of the stories to this day. If he’d have taken more care to be accurate and done more rigorous research there would have been no need for a Baring Gould or any of the many other commentators, critics and chronologists.
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    The Lion's Mane

    The problem with a Forum for me is that I occaisionally forget to log out when I’m going out (as I did last night.) When I log in the next day and see that posts have continued on the thread and I’m still logged in I feel like a man who’s sitting in the corner of a room ignoring everyone else.☹️ It might have been a bit galling for Watson to have seen Holmes blending in to life away from London. Not that he’d have wished him ill of course but he might have hoped that Holmes would soon tire of his quiet, bee-centred existence and decide to hot-foot it back to Baker Street in time for a plate of Mrs Hudson’s scones. More Sherlock-narrated tales by ACD would have been interesting (or more tales full stop as Hikari rightly says apart from a measly 60 over 40 years!) Holmes would surely have been approached regularly to look into problems and solve crimes. Can we imagine Holmes opening the village fete though or judging a cake baking competition?😃
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    The Lion's Mane

    Holmes stupid!! besleybean wash your mouth out.😃
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    The Lion's Mane

    Hikari, can you recall any pastiches that are narrated by Holmes himself. As you know I have the memory of a goldfish and I can’t recall any pastiche authors using this device. Saying that, I’m now expecting you to name loads of them.🙂
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    Your Favorite of the Original Four Novels Poll

    Just to add. We all know how many tv and movie adaptations there have been. Most people accept, as Hikari said earlier in the thread, that the short stories are better. Yet the two best adaptations, in my opinion, are from the longer stories. The Rathbone/Bruce Hound (the best ever in my opinion.) And The Sign Of Four from the Grenada series with Brett (which many believe to have been the high point of the series.)
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    Your Favorite of the Original Four Novels Poll

    Another aspect of course is the impact that the stories have had. Most people have heard of Sherlock Holmes but have never read a single story. If you ask anyone to name a story we all know which one is the likeliest one for them to name; almost to the point of certainty in fact. Even if they only say “the dog one.”😃
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    Hi All

    I hope you enjoy it Juggler.
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    Hi All

    That book is called Grenada’s Greatest Detective by Keith Frankel by the way. Copies are just under £10 at the moment. Highly recommended.
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    Hi All

    I’d been thinking of the name Alf but that was as far as I could remember. You beat me on the detective work there Hikari. I was going to look in a brilliant book on the series that I got around 6 months ago but forgot. Not very Holmes-like😃
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    Hi All

    I used to know the names of the two stuntmen that filmed the Reichenbach scene but I can’t recall them now. Brett rules of course👍 Welcome to the Forum Juggler.
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    why people love sherlock holmes?

    Sorry Carol, ‘of course you know who Dennis Hoey is👍
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    why people love sherlock holmes?

    I was going to comment but I can’t really do better than ‘ditto’ Hikari’s comments. I discovered Holmes as a child through the Rathbone/Bruce movies that besleybean mentions. I still love them. I’ve got colorised ones. Ones with documentaries. Ones with commentaries. And a great book on the series by Dennis Hoey’s son. (He was the actor that played Lestrade for those that aren’t as sad as me - which is all of you basically🙂) Besleybean those movies were between 1939 and 46. The Brett series was between 1984 and 1994 just before Brett died. After the movies I got the Complete Sherlock Holmes as a birthday present when other kids wanted bikes. I read it cover to cover then started again. Err...and again. Whats strange is that it’s been a considerable time since I read anything from the Canon. Like Hikari I tend to read a lot of pastiches (as well as Solar Pons stories) so the Canon has been neglected. When I finally get near the bottom of my ‘to read’ pile I’ll have to revisit the original stories.
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    Recently watched movies

    As a lifelong Laurel And Hardy fan I wonder if anyone has seen Stan and Ollie yet. I’m looking forward to seeing it about a thousand times more than the Holmes And Watson movie which everyone appears to say is a pile of you-know-what. I think I’ll be buying Sherlock Gnomes before I shell out anything for that one.
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    Which story...?

    I think so Nofim. I’ve been trying to think of any tv or movie adaptations that it might have been from but none come to mind. A pastiche seems the likeliest candidate and there are so many of them that I’ve only read a very tiny fraction.
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    Which story...?

    Hello all, To be honest I can’t recall the reference. I don’t have any books with me to look through either. The most famous butler in the Holmes stories is, as Hikari mentioned, Brunton in The Musgrave Ritual But Holmes already knew him and so didn’t need to make any kind of deduction. I have a notoriously poor memory but I have to say that I can’t recall a case where the client was a butler. As has already been mentioned perhaps it was a pastiche. When I’m back home I’ll check up.
  25. 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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