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* TheScrooge: Discussed; one of the letters begging for Holmes's help comes from a circus owner asking Holmes's help to find six midgets who have disappeared from his circus. After spinning Watson a yarn about how the midgets are actually anarchist assassins planning to blow up the Tsar of Russia when he's on a state visit, Holmes reveals that it's actually more likely that the circus owner is a massive skinflint and the midgets have ran away to seek more profitable employment elsewhere, acerbically pointing out that the circus owner offers to pay Holmes a mere five pounds for his services -- he's not even offering a pound a midget. [[spoiler: Funnily enough, the midgets turn out to be working for Mycroft.]]


* EveryoneKnowsMorse: Gabrielle uses this to communicate with [[spoiler:her German handlers]], and Holmes inevitably knows how to decode it.

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* EveryoneKnowsMorse: Gabrielle uses this to communicate with [[spoiler:her German handlers]], and Holmes inevitably knows how to decode it. Justified because, well, of ''course'' Sherlock Holmes would make sure he knew something like that.


* ChosenConceptionPartner: Russian Dancer tries to apply this to Holmes, via the StalkerWithATestTube subtrope variety.



* StalkerWithATestTube: the Russian Dancer

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* StalkerWithATestTube: the The Russian DancerDancer tries to get Holmes to contribute his DNA to her children, hoping their offspring with have her physical advantages and his mental advantages.

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* ChosenConceptionPartner: Russian Dancer tries to apply this to Holmes, via the StalkerWithATestTube subtrope variety.


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* StalkerWithATestTube: the Russian Dancer

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* AmbiguouslyGay: It's been called a campy one-sided romance (by Mark Gatiss, notably) but each suggestive scene has some plausible deniability.

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* ChekhovsGag: Holmes makes a dismissive joke about a missing persons case he's been offered; later, it turns out to be part of the conspiracy. [[spoiler:The missing persons, a troupe of circus midgets, were hired in secret to crew the Diogenes Club's mini-submarine.]]


The movie is essentially split into two stories, one longer than the other: in the first, Holmes is approached by a beautiful Russian dancer with an unorthodox offer to make to him; in the second, he is drawn into a conspiracy at the highest levels of government after a woman who was fished naked out of the Thames finds herself on the doorstep of 221B Baker Street. In both cases, the outcome is something that Holmes would rather not be reminded of...

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The film was envisioned as a collection of several short stories, with four segments filmed but two ultimately left out of the film to keep the running time down. One of them is included in some home video releases.

The movie as released is essentially split into two stories, one longer than the other: in the first, Holmes is approached by a beautiful Russian dancer with an unorthodox offer to make to him; in the second, he is drawn into a conspiracy at the highest levels of government after a woman who was fished naked out of the Thames finds herself on the doorstep of 221B Baker Street. In both cases, the outcome is something that Holmes would rather not be reminded of...

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* IconicOutfit: In universe example; Holmes bemoans the ridiculous get up he's now forced to wear everywhere he goes because it's expected of him.


* BeamMeUpScotty: In universe example; Holmes bemoans the ridiculous get up he's now forced to wear everywhere he goes because it's expected of him.



* JackTheRipper: A deleted scene at the end involves Lestrade swinging by wanting to consult with Holmes on what is clearly Jack's first murder, but Holmes is too despondent to be roused.

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* JackTheRipper: A deleted scene at the end involves Lestrade swinging by wanting to consult with Holmes on what is clearly Jack's first murder, but Holmes is too despondent to be roused.



The film has enjoyed a recent vindication and is considered one of Billy Wilder's best films. ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' creators, Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss have named this as their favorite movie and a key inspiration for their take on Sherlock Holmes.


The film has enjoyed a recent vindication and is considered one of Billy Wilder's best films. ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' creators, Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss name this as their favorite movie and a key inspiration for their take on Sherlock Holmes.

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The film has enjoyed a recent vindication and is considered one of Billy Wilder's best films. ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' creators, Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss name have named this as their favorite movie and a key inspiration for their take on Sherlock Holmes.


''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' creators, Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss name this as their favorite movie and a key inspiration for their take on Sherlock Holmes.

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The film has enjoyed a recent vindication and is considered one of Billy Wilder's best films. ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' creators, Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss name this as their favorite movie and a key inspiration for their take on Sherlock Holmes.

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''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' creators, Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss name this as their favorite movie and a key inspiration for their take on Sherlock Holmes.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The old lady in the wheelchair uses a contraption to pull up her birdcage cover that closely resembles a drawbridge - this foreshadows later in the film when a drawbridge becomes part of the story.

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