The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

Dec 12, 2011 Comments

Including Gillette in this list is both wholly appropriate and somewhat cheating. Gillette never played Holmes on screen, but many of the character’s signature tropes were created by his stage interpretations. He was the first to wear the seminal deerstalker cap in performance and he changed Holmes’ preferred smoking device to the curved pipe. He also fashioned the phrase, “elementary, my dear fellow,” which would translate to later film versions as “elementary, my dear Watson.” 

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