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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 3, 1970


Robert Stephens
as Sherlock Holmes
Colin Blakely
as Dr. John H. Watson
Geneviève Page
as Gabrielle Valladon
Irene Handl
as Mrs. Hudson
Stanley Holloway
as 1st Gravedigger
Christopher Lee
as Mycroft Holmes
Clive Revill
as Rogozhin
George Benson
as Inspector Lestrade
Catherine Lacey
as Old Lady
Mollie Maureen
as Queen Victoria
Peter Madden
as Von Tirpitz
Robert Cawdron
as Hotel Manager
Michael Elwyn
as Cassidy
Michael Balfour
as Cabby
Frank Thornton
as Porter
Kenneth Benda
as Minister
Graham Armitage
as Wiggins
John Garrie
as First Carter
Godfrey James
as 2d Carter
Annette Kerr
as Secretary
Wendy Lingham
Anne Blake
as Madame
James Copeland
as Guide
Paul Hansard
as Monk
Alex McCrindle
as Baggageman
John Gatrell
as Equerry
Paul Stassino
Penny Brahms
Eric Francis
as 2nd Gravedigger
Kynaston Reeves
as Old Man


Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
I.A.L. Diamond
Christopher G. Challis
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Ernest Walter
Alexandre Trauner
Production Designer
Tony Inglis
Art Director
Harry Cordwell
Set Designer
Julie Harris
Costume Designer
Wally Veevers
Special Effects
Ernest Gasser