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Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes (1970, Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely)



This entertaining addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon saw Billy Wilder come up with a new adventure for the famous consulting detective (Robert Stephens) and his faithful colleague Dr Watson (Colin Blakely). The film works as two stories, both involving ladies (Tamara Toumanova and Genevieve Page) and revolving around a missing husband, the Loch Ness monster and machinations in high places with Christopher Lee in place as Mycroft, Holmes’ older brother, who plays a double game.

What is fascinating is that Wilder’s Holmes starts out as a romantic and it is the betrayal by a woman that leads him to become the passionless creature portrayed by Conan Doyle. But the director also plays fair to the conventions, offering such clues as dead canaries, dwarves and a plethora of red herrings to drive the logic of the plot on to its conclusion that, while fantastic, is totally logical.

Wilder didn’t stint on the look of the film. Baker Street was re-created in Pinewood – it took four months to build and shots employed 100 extras and 19 carriages of the period alone while the Scottish scenes were shot in and around Inverness, home of the legendary monster. But what makes the film stand out is the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Previous and future films were to portray the good doctor as a bumbling fool and Holmes as the supreme intelligence but Wilder shows the flaws in both men and their affection for each other and, in doing so, creates a relationship that is, at times, genuinely moving.

Director: Billy Wilder


Writers: Billy Wilder, I A L Diamond

production details
UK | 125 minutes | 1970
Director: Billy Wilder
Script: Arthur Conan Doyle, Billy Wilder, I. A. L. Diamond,

Frank Thornton as Porter
Irene Handl as Mrs. Hudson
Christopher Lee as Mycroft Holmes
Stanley Holloway as Gravedigger
George Benson as Inspector Lestrade (uncredited)
Colin Blakely as Dr. John Watson
Godfrey James as Second Carter
Peter Madden as Von Tirpitz
Catherine Lacey as Woman in Wheelchair
Robert Stephens as Sherlock Holmes
Geneviève Page as Gabrielle Valadon
Tamara Toumanova as Madame Petrova
Clive Revill as Nikolai Rogozhin
Mollie Maureen as Queen Victoria
Michael Balfour as Cabby
James Copeland as Guide
John Garrie as First Carter
Robert Cawdron as Hotel Manager
Alex McCrindle as Baggageman
Paul Hansard as Monk


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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