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Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle's Detective Character

A fictional detective who appeared in books and short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Long Before CSI There Was Sherlock Holmes!

  • Dec 10, 2009
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Probably the most noted and revered characters in literature was and still is that private investigator from Bakers Street, Sherlock Holmes.  Easily identifyable with deerstalker cap, pipe and cloak he is the suave person who always had the answers from seemingly out of nowhere.  When he explained how he knew such amazing observations he always started with "elementary..." and would go on to state the facts that led him to the observation.  These explanations would leave the most proficient Crime Scene Investigator shaking their heads at the sheer genius.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle didn't realize how popular his character was until he had him killed off in an epic battle with his arch enemy Professor Moriarity.  There was such a public outcry that Sir Arthur had to think of a way to resurrect Holmes.

There have since been so many depictions of Holmes, probably none more famous than Basil Rathbone's depiction of the brilliant detective along with Nigel Bruce's Dr. Watson.  Though in those Universal classic films Watson was a buffoon as opposed to the intelligent Doctor who narrates the Arthur Conan Doyle tales.  These two actors had great chemistry together and that is what makes these films work. 

I always loved these films as well as the many other incantations of Holmes (the PBS series, Young Sherlock Holmes, the Timothy Dalton Holmes).  Even some of the works by different authors are fine (e.g. The Seven Per Cent Solution).

There is currently a new film due out this month with Robert Downey Jr. promising to take Holmes in a whole new direction .  I look forward in anticipation to seeing this too!  I never tire of this character and look for him to continue to entertain no matter how technologically advanced forensic science becomes.

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December 28, 2009
Nice review, Michael. Though to be fair to Universal, it was Fox that made Dr. Watson more of a comedic sidekick in the first two films in the series from 1939.
December 28, 2009
Thanks Steve. And Welcome to Lunch. I think you will find this a fun site.
December 10, 2009
Nice review on a timeless charactor. What are they saying about the new movie?
December 10, 2009
I have only seen the commercials and it looks like it will be fun. I like Downy Jr. since his Iron Man stint.
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Interesting Take on the Sherlock Holmes Character http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/06/books/06ho...emc=th&pagewanted=print
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