The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Gene Wilder, fresh from his brilliant performance in Young Frankenstein does do a fine job in the role of a bitter and pompous younger brother to the more known Holmes. However, outside of one case mentioned (that of the Three Testicles, a throw-away line), we have no idea how good of a 'consulting detective he is.' There are moments he is bumbling and then moments where he is clever. And this odd variation is endemic to the entire plot.
We have the wonderful and talented Madeline Kahn as the love interest and mystery lady. Unfortunately, her character never makes any sense - all her scenes are meant to elicit laughs but there is no depth behind her character. Why would someone who is a governess be working as a dance hall singer and an opera singer and be romancing the head of the household? It's a shame as she can only do so much with the material presented. And despite their friendship, the two lack romantic chemistry.
Then, there's Marty Feldman, who is never given enough to do. It's a shame as he's quite a good physical actor. And Dom DeLuise hams up every scene, often for a touch too long.
Fortunately, Leo McKern provides the silver screen with one more memorable Moriarity's filmed. A shocking claim? Not at all. McKern's character, at times whimsical, other times pathologically vicious, steals every scene. You can see that he is a man motivated by his (hilarious) curse to commit a heinous act every 24 minutes. He's not a bumbler (except at math) and his lines are the best written in the movie.
The plot wanders a bit. But generally this is a decent comedy of its era.Read more ›
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I loved this movie years ago and nobody I ask has ever heard of it. I randomly decided to look for it here and they had it! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Spoonfulofsugar
This movie has gene Wilder, Marty Feldman and Madeline Kahn together again and they really play well together!Published 16 days ago by zilla59
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I had it on laser disc & loved so I wanted it on DVD so I could watch it more often.Published 2 months ago by Micki
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