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The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)

Gene Wilder , Madeline Kahn  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6ESJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,058 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Gene Wilder
  • Trailer

Editorial Reviews

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After co-writing and starring in Mel Brooks' smash hit Young Frankenstein, Gene Wilder graduated to his own directing debut with another spoofy take on a cultural icon. The 1975 Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother gives Wilder some great trademark meltdowns, even if the movie doesn't sustain its initial comic energy. Wilder plays Sigerson Holmes, third (and bitterly resentful) brother to the more fabled Sherlock and Mycroft. Two Young Frankenstein co-stars help bring the game afoot: Madeline Kahn, as an opera singer with a problem in distinguishing truth from lies, and Marty Feldman, as a Scotland Yard man with "photographic hearing." The long early sequence that introduces all three characters to each other--and culminates in a lunatic song-and-dance number, "The Kangaroo Hop"--is truly funny, and Dom DeLuise summons up some broad yoks as a singer with a bad toupee. The British are represented by Leo McKern and Roy Kinnear, as well as a mysterious cameo by Albert Finney. (Mel Brooks isn't around, but you can spot his unmistakable pipes in a moment of voiceover.) Things become routine fairly quickly, and the last half-hour is something of a slog, so you'll have to be a Gene Wilder fan to love this one. Still, the rapport of Wilder and Kahn is something to behold: two expert comedians who always suggested an undercurrent of melancholy beneath their clowning. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Gene Wilder comedy also stars Marty Feldman and Madeline Kahn. Wilder plays Holmes' brother.

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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's "Sheer-luck" That This is Being Released on DVD!! January 23, 2006
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While some have ridiculed this Sherlock Holmes' parody, I love it and rejoice at its long-awaited DVD release. Made in 1975, funny man Gene wilder wrote, directed and starred in the film, which also boasts the incomparable talents of the late and truly lamented Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman. It also stars Dom DeLuise and Leo (Rumpole of the Bailey) McKern.

Wilder, a well-schooled actor in parodies having starred earlier in his career with Kahn and Feldman in Mel Brooks' classic and beloved "Young Frankenstein," turned is considerable skills to create this loving send-up of the world's most famous sleuth. Wilder was well-equipped to do so as he is a life-long Conan Doyle fan and bonafide member of the Baker Street Irregulars, a famous real-life Sherlockian scholarly society whose members include Christopher Morley. (In this film, Brooks has a cameo role, but he is heard and not seen.)

In this Victorian era film, Wilder portrays Sigerson Holmes, the "smarter" but very jealous younger brother of the brilliant Consulting Detective, whom he derisively refers to as "Sheer-luck." (In the Conan Doyle canon, "Sigerson" was an alias Sherlock Holmes used during his "missing years" after his falsely believed death-plunge at the Richenback Falls at the hands of his evil nemesis, Professor James Moriarty; while Mycroft Holmes was actually Sherlock's smarter brother.)

In the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, Sigerson begins an investigation, at the request of Sherlock, into the disappearance of a vital cache of government documents. Sherlock and Dr. John Watson leave England to travel to the Continent on another assignment, apparently confounded by the missing document mystery.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lost gem April 17, 2006
Format:DVD
Like "Young Frankenstein", "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" is a knowing and affectionate spoof. It does not set out to destroy its target, but to show appreciation for it. Wilder, a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, shows his knowledge of Holmsian lore by including many references and quotations from a number of the stories, though mostly from "The Naval Treaty." Wilder, Kahn and Feldman are once again a wonderful, cohesive trio, Dom DeLuis is a riot as a bizarre and untalented opera singer, and Leo McKern shows both utter strangeness and menace in his role as Moriarty. The film has moments of total manic humor, such as spontaneous singing ("The Kangaroo Hop"); Wilder and guest villain Roy Kinnear having a coach-top battle with a giant shoe and glove taken from businesses they pass; and a hilarious spoof of the opera, "The Masked Ball" with very funny English "translation" from the Italian. McKern and Wilders' final duel in a spooky prop room is genuinely exciting and nicely choreographed and the film perfectly captures the look and sounds of 1890s England, with a nice John Morris music score evoking Korngold, as Wilder wanted him to do.

Everyone clearly had a good time making this film and it shows in the enthusiasm for the material. The film is not out-and-out funny all the way through, but it wasn't designed to be.

At the end, for example, there is a genuinely poignant scene where Sigi has Sacker leave the sought-after Redcliff document in the prop room, clearly realizing that his famous older brother has been watching out for him and will retrieve the document himself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars side splitting funny! June 20, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
this movie has been a favourite for generations in my family, it is one of gene wilders lost classics.
i was thrilled to finally get my hands on a copy, and laughed just as much as when i first saw it.
not to be missed, marty feldman, dom deluse,madelaine kahn.
if you are into silly noncence and to lose yourself in a wild goose chase about a stolen document which is revealed during a crazy opera, it is well worth the time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NUTS!!! September 9, 2005
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This movie is nuts! I'm not sure that i can describe what the movie is about but i'll try.Sherlock Holmes' brother is intrigued by a woman to find a missing document.Otherwise I'm really at a loss on what else it is about. The movie stars some of the funniest people of all-time including Gene Wilder,Madeline Khan,Marty Feldman and Dom Deluise.The movie is hilarious,eventhough the story is confusing.Like i said,it's nuts,but in a good way.The cast bursts out in song and dance out of nowhere and for no real reason,Wilder and one of the bad guys(the father of veruca salt in willy wonka and the chocolate factory)fight atop horse and carriages during a chase with large feet and hand props,wilder and feldman appear suddenly in a large ballroom of people dancing(the outcome of this scene alone is worth the price of admission),and Wilder has to turn-on Khan sexually in order to get the truth out of her,all work in this insane comedy.Deluise is another who gets to put in a memorable performance,but is underused unfortunately.If you are a Wilder fan it should be noted that he also wrote and directed this.It's one of the funniest films i've ever seen but it's not perfect like almost all comedies.The story isn't clear,and maybe that's part of it's charm,but the ending is a disappointment,which always hampers a film.All in all I'd definitely watch this again for the laughs and i recommend this film to everyone as well.I'm betting that most have never even heard of this film and that is a shame as it should not be forgotten.
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