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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

1970, Adventure/Comedy, 2h 5m

27 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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A bored Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) meets Madame Petrova (Tamara Toumanova), a famed ballerina, who tries to seduce him, hoping that their child will have her body and his brains. He manages to extract himself from her grasp, using Dr. Watson (Colin Blakely) as a decoy. Then he and the doctor head for Loch Ness in search of the missing husband of Gabrielle Valladon (Genevieve Page). While there, they meet Sherlock's brother, Mycroft (Christopher Lee), who aids them in solving the mystery.

Cast & Crew

Robert Stephens
Sherlock Holmes
Colin Blakely
Dr.John H. Watson
Geneviève Page
Ilse von Hoffmanstal, aka Gabrielle Valladon
Irene Handl
Mrs. Hudson
Christopher Lee
Mycroft Holmes
Clive Revill
Nikolai Rogozhin
Tamara Toumanova
Madame Petrova
George Benson
Insp. Lestrade (scenes deleted)
Catherine Lacy
Woman in Wheelchair
Peter Madden
Von Tirpitz
Robert Cawdron
Hotel manager
Michael Elwyn
Cassidy (scenes deleted)
I.A.L. Diamond
Associate Producer
Miklós Rózsa
Original Music
Christopher Challis
Cinematographer
Ernest Walter
Film Editing
Alexandre Trauner
Production Design
Tony Inglis
Art Director
Harry Cordwell
Set Decoration
Julie Harris
Costume Design
Biddy Chrystal
Hair Stylist
Ernest Gasser
Makeup Artist
Roy Ashton
Makeup Artist
Larry DeWaay
Production Supervisor
Eric Rattray
Production Manager
Tom Pevsner
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

Audience Reviews for The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

  • Jun 01, 2016
    There have been many Sherlock Holmes films, but this is one of the best thanks to Wilder and a flawless lead performance by Stephens.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2016
    A different take on the myth if Sherlock Holmes. In this he is all too human: a drug addict, a homosexual, and not even too swift as a detective. At least the film is accomplished with talent, but it leaves a disquieting feeling of dissatisfaction seeing a heroic figure fail so many ways. The character one is lead to empathize with the most with loses at the end ... most irregular. Watch at your own peril.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2013
    It seems like Billy Wilder can do no wrong when it comes to filmmaking; "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" stands out as his most supremely underrated work. A film of wonderful performances, offbeat humor and intriguing mystery, "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" unfolds at a very deliberate pace, taking close to forty minutes to actually get started. Robert Stephens and Colin Blakely give us without question the best cinematic representation of the flamboyant detective and his knowledgeable companion, each delivering lively, nuanced performances. It has been said that "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" was originally intended to run close to around three hours long, but due to studio interference, it was cut down and excess footage was lost. What a shame: there's no telling how grand that three hour version might have been.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2012
    As a huge Sherlock Holmes fan I really had high hopes for this one. Major disappointment. The cast was fine, the overall concept was interesting, the script was fair, and the result was the equivalent of a gay Sherlock Holmes SNL skit stretched to over 2 hours. I'm somewhat baffled at these critical reviews.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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