The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

Billy Wilder
 Cast: Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
, Robert Stephens
Robert Stephens
, Colin Blakely
Colin Blakely
, Irene Handl
Irene Handl

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In Billy Wilder's cinematic homage to the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British stage luminary Robert Stephens plays Holmes, while Colin Blakely is his friend and chronicler Dr. Watson. This self-described "hitherto suppressed and thoroughly fascinating" tale concerns Holmes' search for a missing mining engineer -- a case that may have a far-reaching effect on the national security of England. Along the way, Holmes falls in love for the first time in his life, with enigmatic foreign beauty Gabrielle Valladon (Genevieve Page). In this 1970 film, Wilder emphasizes such then-current topics as homosexuality (notably during the film's prologue) and drug addiction. Christopher Lee, a former screen Holmes himself, has a cameo (minus toupee) as Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes. Heavily re-edited and rearranged both before and after its release, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes was a box-office disappointment when it came out in 1970. Since that time, its reputation has grown immeasurably, especially among those lucky enough to have seen a complete print.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2014
UPC: 0738329132729
Original Release: 1970
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:05:00
Sales rank: 10,416

Special Features

Christopher Lee: Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wilder featurette; Interview with editor Ernest Walter; Deleted scenes; Additional audio sequence: deleted epilogue scene; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Stephens Sherlock Holmes
Colin Blakely Dr. John H. Watson
Irene Handl Mrs. Hudson
Genevieve Page Gabrielle Valladon
Stanley Holloway 1st Gravedigger
Christopher Lee Mycroft Holmes
Tamara Toumanova Petrova
Clive Revill Rogozhin
George Benson Inspector Lestrade
Catherine Lacey Old Lady
Mollie Maureen Queen Victoria
Peter Madden Von Tirpitz
Robert Cawdron Hotel Manager
Michael Elwyn Cassidy
Michael Balfour Cabby
Frank Thornton Porter
Kenneth Benda Minister
Graham Armitage Wiggins
John Garrie First Carter
Godfrey James 2d Carter
Philip Anthony Lieutenant Commander
Anne Blake Madame
Penny Brahms Actor
Martin Carroll Actor
James Copeland Guide
Eric Francis 2nd Gravedigger
John Gatrell Equerry
Paul Hansard Monk
Ina DeLa Haye Petrova's Maid
Annette Kerr Secretary
Wendy Lingham Actor
Alex McCrindle Baggageman
Kynaston Reeves Old Man
Philip Ross McKellar
John Scott Scientist
Paul Stassino Actor

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
David Blair Choreography
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Harry Cordwell Set Decoration/Design
I.A.L. Diamond Screenwriter
Ernest Gasser Makeup
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Inglis Art Director
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Alexandre Trauner Production Designer
Wally Veevers Special Effects
Ernest Walter Editor
Arthur Conan Doyle Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII

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