History Trivia / SherlockHolmes

23rd Jun '17 1:36:41 AM jormis29
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* AwesomeDearBoy: Basil Rathbone on playing Sherlock Holmes:

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* AwesomeDearBoy: Basil Rathbone Creator/BasilRathbone on playing Sherlock Holmes:



* IAmNotSpock: Basil Rathbone became perhaps the most famous actor for his portrayal of Holmes, usually with Nigel Bruce as Watson.
* PromotedFanboy: Basil Rathbone was a big fan of Holmes.

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* IAmNotSpock: Basil Rathbone Creator/BasilRathbone became perhaps the most famous actor for his portrayal of Holmes, usually with Nigel Bruce as Watson.
* PromotedFanboy: Basil Rathbone Creator/BasilRathbone was a big fan of Holmes.
12th Jun '17 1:40:29 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Similarly, Mycroft Holmes and the Diogenes Club have been expanded by later pastiches (notably ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfSherlockHolmes'') into the Head of the Secret Service and one of its fronts respectively, when in the original canon they're little more than what Doyle presents them as (a BrilliantButLazy civil servant and a club for reclusive eccentrics).

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** Similarly, Mycroft Holmes and the Diogenes Club have been expanded by later pastiches (notably ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfSherlockHolmes'') into the Head of the Secret Service and one of its fronts respectively, when in the original canon they're little more than what Doyle presents them as (a BrilliantButLazy low-level civil servant and a club for reclusive eccentrics).
6th Jun '17 8:15:41 AM PaulA
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* RecycledScript: "The Crooked Man" is essentially a rehash of ''The Sign of the Four'', albeit with a sympathetic suspect and [[spoiler: a mongoose's footprint instead of a cannibal's]].

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"The Crooked Man" is essentially a rehash of ''The Sign of the Four'', albeit with a sympathetic suspect and [[spoiler: a mongoose's footprint instead of a cannibal's]].cannibal's]].
** "The Three Garridebs" recycles the premise of "The Red-Headed League", with an unusual surname taking the place of an unusual hair color.
6th Jun '17 8:09:33 AM PaulA
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* FollowTheLeader: Many later detective characters -- Literature/HerculePoirot, Literature/NeroWolfe, Series/InspectorMorse, etc. -- were influenced by Holmes in one way or another. Of course, Holmes himself was inspired in no small measure by Poe's Literature/CAugusteDupin. This is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Watson in the first novel, although Holmes dismisses the resemblance with characteristic smugness. There's also a possible ShoutOut in the new movie, where Watson's fiancée mentions that she likes detective novels and lists Poe as one such author.
* GenrePopularizer: Other detectives had come before, but Holmes is arguably responsible for popularizing the detective story in its modern, standalone form.


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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: This series practically defines the England of the late nineteenth century for most readers. The state of politics and science nails the period down, and decades of fans have generally been able to pinpoint the exact years most of the years were set in.
7th Mar '17 6:35:31 PM JakesBrain
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** "The game's afoot!" seems to have become something of a CatchPhrase for Holmes, despite the fact that he utters it ''once'' in the entire canon.
17th Jan '17 6:47:45 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BeamMeUpScotty: Subverted quite nicely - you really have to hand it to Granada for their cleverness.
** Holmes never once says "Elementary, my dear Watson." Instead, ''Watson'' says "Elementary, my dear ''Holmes''" teasingly at the end of "The Crooked Man".
** Jeremy Brett smokes the non-canonical calabash pipe ''only'' on the trek through the Swiss Alps. Remember that the duo left their luggage on the boat train in England, so Holmes was probably happy to take whatever pipe he could get.
** The deerstalker cap is only semi-canonical, as Sidney Paget was taking a bit of artistic liberty with Doyle's description of a country-bound Holmes. For the first time in the history of Sherlockian film and television, Sherlock Holmes did ''not'' wear a deerstalker in London - only a topper or homburg. Brett's Holmes wore the deerstalker in the country ONLY, but, even then, the solid grey cap looks more stylish than practical (considering the original use for the design).
** Entirely averted with the Inverness - Jeremy Brett never wore it on-screen. He wore frock coats and greatcoats, and, when he was in the country, he wore a [[BadassLongcoat light grey longcoat]].




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* WagTheDirector: Holmes kicks his cocaine habit in "The Devil's Foot" because Creator/JeremyBrett became concerned about the example the character was setting for younger viewers.[[note]]Instead Holmes buries a used cocaine syringe about an inch deep in the sands of a public beach.[[/note]] Though it should be noted that Holmes ''did'' eventually give up cocaine in the original stories, in ''The Missing Three-Quarter'', which this series did not adapt.
16th Jan '17 8:58:45 AM Ball7
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** In the adaption of ''The Eligible Bachelor'', the role of Lady Helene is played by Anna Calder-Marshall, the wife of David Burke. Unfortanly, the episode is filmed after Burke left the role of Watson.
14th Jan '17 8:58:55 PM SwampAdder
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** Nor did he ever cry, "Quick, Watson, the needle!" That phrase originates in Victor Herbert's comic operetta ''The Red Mill'', where it's used by a character who's ''impersonating'' Holmes.

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** Nor did he ever cry, "Quick, Watson, the needle!" That phrase originates in Victor Herbert's comic operetta ''The Red Mill'', where it's used by a character who's ''impersonating'' Holmes.probably comes from parodies of Gillette's 1899 stage play.



** Parodies of Sherlock Holmes stories often begin with "TheCaseOf...", but the titles of (most of) the original stories begin with "The Adventure Of..." instead. Only one story title ("A Case of Identity") even uses the word "case".

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** Parodies of Sherlock Holmes stories often begin with have titles in the form "TheCaseOf...", but the titles of (most of) the original actual stories begin with are in the form "The Adventure Of..." instead.". Only one story title ("A Case of Identity") even uses the word "case".
11th Jan '17 11:29:09 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AwesomeDearBoy: Basil Rathbone on playing Sherlock Holmes:
-->"Ever since I was a boy and first got acquainted with the great detective I wanted to be like him ... To play such a character means as much to me as ten 'Hamlets'!"




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* PromotedFanboy: Basil Rathbone was a big fan of Holmes.
30th Nov '16 7:02:58 AM Morgenthaler
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!!The 2009 film
* AbilityOverAppearance: Robert Downey Jr. being cast as Holmes despite looking completely different from his descriptions in the stories.
* AuthorAppeal: Holmes and Watson manage to subdue Dredger with an arm bar and rear-naked choke, as director Guy Ritchie is a fan of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
* CastingGag: Geraldine James, who plays Mrs Hudson, had previously starred in an adaptation of ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles''.
* CreatorInJoke: A brief shot of an inn called 'The Punch Bowl' is visible. Guy Ritchie owns a pub called The Punch Bowl in Mayfair.
* CreditsGag: There are a couple, mostly in the juxtaposition of assorted credits with images from the film. The best of these is that the Costume Designer's credit appears with an image of the naked Holmes tied to a bed.
* DeletedScene: So, Irene never got around to trying to stab Holmes with a hair pin or kneeing him in the... meerschaum, eh?
* DyeingForYourArt: Downey did this movie in between the first two ''Film/IronMan'' movies. Look at how beefy Tony Stark is compared to how wire-thin Holmes is. That takes ''dedication''.
** Rob also was meticulous in making sure his accent was perfect for the character and historical period. As per Guy Ritchie's interview on ''Series/TopGear'', he succeeded.
*** It was perfect for modern perceptions, but it wasn't historically accurate. Historical British sounded much closer to modern Americans than modern Britons. It mainly revolves around [[http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/2047-americans-brits-accents.html rhotic speech]].
* FakeNationality: Quite a few examples.
** Holmes himself is played by Robert Downey Jr., making him a FakeBrit.
** Canadian actress Rachel [=McAdams=] plays the [[FakeAmerican American]] Irene Adler.
** Dredger, the large French man from the first movie, is actually French-Canadian.
** William Hope, a Canadian actor, played Standish, the American ambassador in the first film.
** Noomi Rapace, a Swedish actress, plays Simza, a French gypsy, though Rapace might have some Roma ancestry.
* FanNickname: Watson, due to being taller, thinner, younger and [[ShapedLikeItself more Jude Law]] than some previous portrayals, quickly became known as Hotson.
** Stephen Fry's version of Mycroft Holmes quickly took on the nickname "Frycroft".
* FandomNod: In the extended preview (aired during the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' series finale), there's yet another clip of the Holmes-Watson VitriolicBestBuds routine, then a cut to Adler going "They've been flirting like this for ''hours''." To the general public, a funny joke. To those aware of the Holmes/Watson-shipping fanbase, ''bloody hilarious''. As it happened, [[spoiler:this seems to have been a deleted scene referring to Watson's bickering with a boat captain.]]
* {{Jossed}}: Rumours circulated that Brad Pitt was in the running to play Moriarty in the second film. These were quickly denied, saying Pitt had never been considered.
* TheOtherDarrin: Jared Harris as Moriarty, in a way. Since, technically, he appeared always in shadow in the first movie and was played by Ed Tolputt in an uncredited role. In subsequent TV airings of the first film, as Jared Harris was brought in to re-dub Tolputt's lines to give it continuity with the second film.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Sienna Miller was in talks to star in the film, possibly as Mary. But when Jude Law was cast as Watson, this was quietly dropped - due to the couple's very public break-up when Law had an affair with their nanny.
** Sam Worthington and Colin Farrell were in talks to play Watson before Jude Law was cast.
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