The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

Synopsis: Director Billy Wilder adds a new and intriguing twist to the personality of intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes. One thing hasn't changed however: Holmes' crime-solving talents. Holmes and Dr. Watson take on the case of a beautiful woman whose husband has vanished. The investigation proves strange indeed, involving six missing midgets, villainous monks, a Scottish castle, the Loch Ness monster, and covert naval experiments. Can the sleuths make sense of all this and solve the mystery?
Director(s): Billy Wilder
Production: MGM
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min

but also anarchists.


By now they have been

smuggled to Vienna...

dressed as little girls

in organdy pinafores.

They are to greet

the czar of all the Russias...

when he arrives

at the railway station.

They will be carrying

bouquets of flowers...

and concealed

in each bouquet...

will be a bomb

with a lit fuse.

You really think so?

Not at all.

The circus owner offers me

five pounds for my services.

That's not even

a pound a midget.

So, obviously,

he's a stingy blighter...

and the little chaps

simply ran off...

to join another circus.

lt sounded so promising.

There are no great crimes

anymore, Watson.

The criminal class

has lost all enterprise...

and originality.

At best, they commit

some bungling villainy...

with a motive so transparent...

that even a Scotland Yard

official could see through it.

Mrs. Hudson!

Yes? What is it?

What have l done now?

There is something missing

from my desk.


Something very crucial.



You've been tidying up

against my explicit orders.

Oh, look, l made sure

l hadn't disturbed anything.

Dust, Mrs. Hudson,

is an essential part...

of my filing system.

By the thickness of it...

l can date any document


Well, some of the dust

was this thick.

That would be...

March 1883.

Oh! How can you stand this?

Why don't you let me

air the room out?

Please, Mrs. Hudson,

he's working on...

a definitive study

of tobacco ash.

Oh, l'm sure there's

a crying need for that.

ln our endeavors,

it is sometimes vital...

to distinguish

between, say, the ashes...

of a Macedonian cigarette

and a Jamaican cigar.

So far he has classified

140 different kinds of ashes.

All of which will

wind up on my rug.

That will be enough,

Mrs. Hudson.

All right...

if you gentlemen want

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Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels about Holmes and Dr. Watson. In addition, Doyle wrote over fifty short stories featuring the famous detective. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Doyle was a prolific writer; his non-Sherlockian works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels. One of Doyle's early short stories, "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement", helped to popularise the mystery of the Mary Celeste. more…

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