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Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991)

1910. Mycroft Holmes asks his brother Sherlock and Dr. Watson to travel to Vienna and find the stolen plans and prototype for an electromagnetic bomb detonator. Once there, they are ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Sasdy

Writers:

Bob Shayne (written for television by) (as Bob Shane), H.R.F. Keating (written for television by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Sherlock Holmes
Patrick Macnee ... Dr. Watson
Morgan Fairchild ... Irene Frances Adler
John Bennett ... Dr. Sigmund Freud
Engelbert Humperdinck ... Eberhardt Bohm
Tom Lahm ... Elliott Ness
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ... Sir Reginald Cholmondley
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ... Michael Simpson-Makepeace
Jenny Quayle ... Lady Violet Cholmondley
Michael Siberry ... Franz Winterhauser
Dominic Jephcott ... Major Von Bork
Frank Middlemass ... Dr. Froelich
Charlotte Attenborough Charlotte Attenborough ... Margaret Froelich
James Bree ... Franz Dietrich
John Gower John Gower ... Count Helmut Giddings
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1910. Mycroft Holmes asks his brother Sherlock and Dr. Watson to travel to Vienna and find the stolen plans and prototype for an electromagnetic bomb detonator. Once there, they are reunited with Irene Adler, who has once more taken up her former profession as an opera singer. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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PG | See all certifications »
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UK | France | Italy | Belgium | Luxembourg | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes and the Merry Widow See more »

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Runtime:

(NTSC DVD) (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick Macnee was three months older than Sir Christopher Lee. Both were in the same class at Summer Fields School. Lee died on June 7, 2015, and Macnee died on June 25, 2015. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene, a reflection of the mic can be scene in a cabinet with glass doors. It is slowly withdrawn from sight before the scene is over. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Watson: I can't smell a thing since I fell into that canal.
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Followed by Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1992) See more »

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Sherlock Holmes in Vienna

Am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and get a lot of enjoyment out of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. Also love Basil Rathbone's and especially Jeremy Brett's interpretations to death. So would naturally see any Sherlock Holmes adaptation that comes my way, regardless of its reception.

Furthermore, interest in seeing early films based on Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and wanting to see as many adaptations of any Sherlock Holmes stories as possible sparked my interest in seeing 'Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady', especially with such an interesting idea for a story and Christopher Lee makes anything worthwhile.

There are better Sherlock Holmes-related films/adaptations certainly than 'Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady', the best of the Jeremy Brett adaptations and films of Basil Rathone fit under this category. It's not one of the worst either, it is better than all the Matt Frewer films (particularly 'The Sign of Four') and also much better than the abominable Peter Cook 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.

'Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady' is pretty decent and is the better Christopher Lee/Patrick MacNee Sherlock Holmes adaptation, the other being 'Incident at Victoria Falls'. The always dependable, even legendary, Christopher Lee, is excellent as Holmes, regardless of any reservations about him being too old. Patrick MacNee is both bumbling and loyal, without being too much of a buffoon or an idiot. The chemistry between them really lifts the proceedings, lots of fun and charm in it.

Generally the cast fare well, didn't think luminous Morgan Fairchild fared that badly or out of place. Actually thought that applied much more to the utterly bizarre turn of Engelbert Humperdinck.

The mystery is intriguing, and much easier to follow than 'Incident at Victoria Falls', and there are a few exciting moments and an ending that is at least comprehensible. There are moments of thought-provoking dialogue. It is very nicely filmed with evocative and handsome production design.

However, some of the pace is long-winded with some aimless stretches. Would have liked more deduction.

The music feels and sounds like it belonged somewhere else entirely, it certainly didn't fit here, while the script tends to be stodgy and banal, with quite a number of howlers.

All in all, decent. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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