Not so "elementary," the collection of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia assembled by lifelong Holmes fan Glen Miranker includes rare editions, illustrations, and private notes and correspondence from the character's creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Correspondent Faith Salie visits the exhibition, "Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects," at New York City's Grolier Club, to deduce the public's timeless fascination with the immortal detective.
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Four-disc set with four restored classic mysteries: "The Fatal Hour" (1931), "The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes" (1935), "Silver Blaze" (1937), starring Arthur Wontner, and "A Study in Scarlet" (1933), starring Reginald Owen.
A Limited-Edition Collector’s Box Set comes complete with exclusive Sherlock Holmes collector’s items, including a 13-month Sherlockian calendar, featuring special anniversary dates and fun facts about the history of Sherlock Holmes; a collector’s edition Sherlock Holmes magnet; a Sherlock Holmes notebook for jotting down clues; a one-year subscription to The Film Detective app; and a Sherlock Holmes tote bag.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray.
Extras: Newly restored Sherlockian shorts, including "Slick Sleuths" (1926), "Sherlock Holmes Baffled" (1900), "A Black Sherlock Holmes" (1918), "Sure Luck Holmes" (1928), "Cousins of Sherlocko" (1913), "The Copper Beeches" (1912) and “The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff" (1954); a Sherlock Holmes bonus TV-episode starring Ronald Howard; "Elementary Cinema: The First Cinematic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," an original documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; "Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle," a radio broadcast recreation from Redfield Arts Audio; introductions with filmmaker and film historian Samuel M. Sherman; audio commentary from author Jennifer Churchill, author and film historian Jason A. Ney, writers-producers Phoef Sutton and Mark Jordan Legan; and authors/screenwriters, Peter Atkins and David Breckman; original film posters replicated as postcards; and booklet inserts with original essays from author Don Stradley and author-screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner. (Cinedigm/The Film Detective).
The idea was put to him at Comic Con and his take was clear. ‘For the record… I have no problem with the idea of them meeting.’
Steven also reflected how the two iconic figures would deal with each other. ‘They’re very different. I’m not sure how well they’d get on…’ And asked how the Doctor would react to Holmes, Peter Capaldi’s answer was a simple, ‘More cleverly…’
Teamed with Nigel Bruce as Dr. John Watson, Basil Rathbone was THE Sherlock Holmes for a good chunk of the 20th century, appearing in 14 Holmes films between 1939 and 1946. Those who didn't see the films in the theaters saw them on television, where they ran for decades as afternoon and late-night filler.
With his angular, birdlike profile Rathbone is the face that comes to the minds of many when they picture Sherlock Holmes. He appeared similar to images of Holmes that appeared in print with Conan Doyle's original Holmes stories and, following the films, his face inspired many more depictions of the detective.
The first Holmes film starring Rathbone and Bruce was based an adaptation of "The Hound of the Baskervilles," while the second, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" was based on an 1889 stage play.
From there, the series moved from 20th Century Fox to Universal Studios and wandered straight into anachronism. While the first two pictures were based in Holmes' original time period of the late 1800s, the early Universal films saw Holmes and Watson fighting Nazi and foreign saboteurs. Later entries drifted back into more conventional detective stories.
Below is a look at the Rathbone-Bruce series, including production shots and posters.
|Hound of the Baskervilles, 1939|
|The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1939|
|Sherlock Holmes and theVoice of Terror, 1942|
|Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, 1943|
|Sherlock Holmes in Washington, 1943|
|Sherlock Holmes Faces Death, 1943|
|The Spider Woman, 1945|
|The Secret Claw, 1944|
|The Pearl of Death, 1944|
|Sherlock and the House of Fear, 1945|
|The Woman in Green, 1945|
|Pursuit to Algiers, 1945|
|Terror By Night, 1946|
|Dressed to Kill, 1946|
Wednesday 1 January
BBC One’s much praised, multi-award-winning drama Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, returns for an eagerly awaited third series of three, 90-minute films – The Empty Hearse, The Sign Of Three and His Last Vow.
The contemporary re-imagining of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, has caused a sensation since it first aired in the summer of 2010, the last series delivering an audience of more than 10 million viewers who have tuned in to watch Sherlock and John Watson navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers in three thrilling, action-packed adventures.
In episode one of this new series, two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon. But, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It’s what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’! If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it though, he’s in for a very big surprise…
Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan and Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper.