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coturnix

Yes, yes, yes!!!!!

Linkmeister

I always cringe at pastiche.

Exiled in NJ

One more item to hate the Nazis for is that they derailed Basil and Nigel from filming other parts of the canon. Instead Sherlock has to help in the fight, just like Tarzan.

If I had to begin, it would be with The Musgrave Ritual, but then I have a preference for detectives acting without their sidekicks, or dummies if you will.

The Viscount

A couple of things Lance.

You ever see "Without a Clue?" Something tells me that you would like it, even though it doesn't enjoy immense popularity. Part of it for me is that Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley are two of my favorite actors.

The other thing is, I read the Holmes stories about 10 years ago, oddly enough because I so enjoyed Caleb Carr's "The Alienist," which was a great read. Since then I've also read "The Angel of Darkness" which was also quite good. I just noticed when I went o Amazon to track down a link that he has since written a new "Sherlock Holmes" adventure. Reviews seemed to be lukewarm. Still he is a great writer.

You reminded me that I have to get back to the original Holme's stories and read them again...

Sylvia

You do know that it all begins with "A Study in Scarlet," not "A Scandal in Bohemia," yes?

CaliBlogger

Well, to be completely anal retentive about it you're both right: Study was the first novel (Beeton's Christmas Annual, 1887) and Scandal was the first short story (The Strand Magazine, July 1891).

But trivia aside, I've always been fond of the Jeremy Brett series.

Exiled in NJ

My preference is always for the short stories. I think my favorite non-canon Sherlock is George C Scott, with Joanne Woodward being Dr. Watson, in "They Might Be Giants" which, in addition to being another fantastic James Goldman script, is a wonderful time capsule of 1970 New York City. You will always remember Jack Gilford being the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Jeff Boatright

Lance, you must be bored. Though I like Rupert, I thought he was a terrible Holmes - just mailed it in. Also, the writing (plot and dialogue) was just horrendous. I think you'll like the real thing much better, especially the early stuff.

piny

I don't think Everett quite worked, either. I always read Holmes as a creature unto himself, rather than as an active misanthrope.

Ian Hart was an adorable Watson, though. Apple-cheeked yang to Holmes's smouldering yin.

Geoduck

I agree that Brett will always be the definitive Holmes for me. It was especially nice that they played Watson as the resolute man of action, and not the bumbling idiot of earlier adaptations.

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