Hats of Sherlock Holmes, 1962-1983

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I’ve never seen any of the early Sherlock Holmes Films. Any good?

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    1. Where’s Jeremy Brett? The best Holmes. No contest.


    2. No contest IMO either; the Granada series is easily the best take on Holmes:


      I liked Downey’s take on Holmes, but it was more of a “Holmes-meets-Bond-meets-Batman” kind of Holmes. Good for what it was — but like the old “Willie Wonka” and the new “Charlie”, you can like more than one interpretation of a story.


    3. Yeah but Depp is no Gene Wilder.


      • True, true.

        What I wish would have happened was an anecdotal (i.e., no proof) story I heard regarding Burton’s “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” — that he wanted Wilder to have a cameo, and specifically he would be the Candy Shop owner that sells Charlie the bar that has the golden ticket. We wouldn’t have seen Wilder’s face until almost the last moment; his back would have been to the camera, more or less, and then, when Charlie discovered the ticket, his clerk — played by Peter Ostrum (WW&TCF’s Charlie) — would have secured his safe passage from the store. Afterwards, he’d share a smirk and a wink with Wilder, and the film would have commenced as we saw it.


    4. Actually the best Sherlock Holmes ever is Vasily Livanov, from the old Soviet TV series. Even the British queen has admitted that, and Livanov’s photograph is said to be the largest of all actor photographs that grace the walls of Baker Street museum. Heck, Livanov got the Order of the British Empire because of his performance.

      The theme music of the series is also excellent: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdtwg-aNTj0


    5. Basil Rathbone, what the hell’s wrong with you people?


      • He’s often cited as the best, but I respectfully disagree. The first two ’39 films are great, but following ones were set in (then) modern times, with WWII sometimes as a backdrop.

        I’ll stick with my recommendation of the Brett series.


      • Glad somebody mentioned Rathbone. The early ones that have William Powell playing the villain are simply genius. But I am kinda partial to The Thin Man series as well.


    6. I am with shiroinohi on this. Basil takes the cake.


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