The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) - Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Hohum Score

26

Watchable

When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Robert Stephens, Christopher Lee
Length: 125 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 15 out of 91 found boring (16.48%)

One-line Reviews (62)

The Seven Percent Solution movie was well done and enjoyable.

)In fact, the whole thing seems pointless and ineffective.

Dull, poorly acted film from legend Wilder about an unusual side of the Baker Street detective.

However, as a fan of the literary Sherlock Holmes, I say don't waste your time.

It seems that Holmes, when bored between cases, uses to try and stimulate his incredible mind.

May disappoint hardcore Holmes fans, and not as good as it could have been, but as it is, and on its own terms, very entertaining

Even so this is a marvellously entertaining production, with a witty script, fine production values, a top notch cast, and magnificent music by Miklos Rosza.

Even if it is too long - a reported 3 hours and twenty minutes - I'd like the chance to make my own mind up.

Not meant to be taken seriously, this is an interesting study in plaid, well worth watching.

A more engaging mystery or a more humorous script would have helped.

Diamond -as usual- born Austrian Billy Wilder demythologize Sir Arthur Conan Doyle superpopular character and got a clever and enjoyable film.

it is tedious and I thought the person who mentioned Alan Rickman in connection with the actor playing Holmes was spot on.

Well worth watching .

The beginning was especially enjoyable because of well...

A vital addition to any avid fan of Holmes (actually, more the fans of Watson), but perhaps unnecessary for anyone else, and probably utterly confusion to anyone who doesn't have a good grounding in Holmes.

Strange but enjoyable .

The Humor, the Experimental Exploration of Holmes "Private" Life, and the overall Theme of the Enterprise is Charming, Witty, and Entertaining.

All of these have been so out there that they have been entertaining regardless of how blasphemous they may seem to Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts.

Blakely and Stephens are fine, but not particularly interesting, and perhaps more inspired casting would have made the film more intriguing.

Well crafted film that went nowhere at the box office either.

A dry, plodding, flatly conceived movie that had the elements of much more.

A very enjoyable experience that should satisfy Holmes fans - like me.

Uneven, but Enjoyable .

I can't say it's perfect, though it is, at the very least, a fascinating watch.

enjoyable as to canon .

I can say that I enjoyed it immensely and believe it is Billy Wilder's unsung masterpiece of his late career.

When a bored Holmes (Robert Stephens who also played Holmes on the stage and in TV series 'The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes') eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon (Genevieve Page) after an attempt on her life , the search for her missing husband leads to Sherlock and Watson (Colin Blakely) towards Loch Ness and the legendary monster.

At first it looks to be about a mysterious invitation that Holmes and Watson (the former bored out of his gourd without a good case) to the ballet, and there Holmes discovers that he's really been tapped to knock up a primadonna ballerina, to which one of the funniest homosexual jokes unfolds.

The main problem to me with "Private Life" is that it feels like what it was, a big stodgy overproduced road show movie in the tradition of "Gone With The Wind" and "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

entertaining near-miss .

Still, it is an enjoyable ride as always from Wilder, and when it is amusing, it is highly entertaining.

The music choices are great, the acting is good and other than the final 25 minutes or so, which are rather a drag, it all come across well even with a somewhat disjointed structure.

One of fiction literature's most fascinating pairs of characters, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are depicted well here in this gem from Billy Wilder, which has a biting, clever and witty script, as well as superb production values.

Beginning with Holmes and Watson returning from a recently completed case, we see Holmes, bored, taking up a syringe which to inject cocaine.

The film has an enjoyable atmosphere , it's in wonderful color that originates a glamorous setting created by the magnificent cameraman Chistopher Challis , and filmed at Pinewood Studios , Buckinghamshire, and Inverness , Highland , Scotland .

i found it darker in tone,and with a very compelling story.

For fans of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce-Holmes films, this might be perfectly entertaining, perhaps even the best of them all.

Nevertheless, the cast is appealing; the photography, costumes and sets are all most attractive; and perhaps most exciting of all is that we can give a big welcome back to composer, Miklos Rozsa, whose music score brilliantly sets just the right mood of menace behind the Victorian picturesque.

Well worth watching.

Nevertheless, despite this ruthless cutting, "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" remains thoroughly entertaining, especially with a James Bond style plot involving Holmes' older brother Mycroft Holmes (Christopher Lee of "Horror of Dracula") and the British government testing a new method of warfare heretofore untried to fend off attacks the Germans might stage with dirigibles.

Also had the thought that a film directed by the legendary Billy Wilder (responsible for a fair share of masterpieces and even his lesser output is worth watching) and starring Robert Stephens and Christopher Lee has got to be at least worthwhile.

Perhaps he should have done in order to inject some purpose and humour as a perpetually languid and rather flat Holmes (played by Robert Stevens) who is not very clever, has lost the very thing that had made the character interesting.

Watching the entire two hours is a most tedious task.

This disappointing early entry in the steampunk genre, which originally contained another two other plot strands, and a further flashback sequence showing Holmes in his university days, all of which unfortunately was cut, might have worked better if the case itself had been more dramatically intriguing: If, say, Wilder and Diamond had immersed Holmes in a story so replete with dilemmas, suspicions, catch-22s, cryptic narrative interlopers and jinxes that we were just as baffled as he was.

Elegant & Entertaining .

NOTES: Wilder actually shot two more stories, but the distributor felt that the movie was far too long and would discourage theater owners from booking the film.

This movie is quite enjoyable on that the characters of Holmes and Watson as presented are well within canon and though there is some comic byplay is does not detract from the mystery.

The film is enjoyable but very flimsy and disjointed in its present form.

The first is little more than one joke with a very drawn-out setup, almost extraneous to the mystery.

The story told in 'The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes' is an original and engaging one to be certain.

The seemingly disparate elements of the plot's mystery inevitably coalesce with a suitable 'big reveal' and intriguing conspiratorial undercurrent.

I thought the story and the characters were predictable- well except Watson.

Wilder obviously applied his knack for snappy dialogue, and he brilliantly managed to merge his own particular style with the classic British Victorian tongue-in-cheek humour, so there are many chuckles to be had.

British actor Stephens lulls about bored the material in his performance of Sherlock, while Blakely's Watson's comes off as schtick.

The film's plot is a weaker aspect here and feels extraordinarily dragged out at this running time; unlike most I'm rather glad certain vignettes were excised.

Even though it's probably viewed as one of Billy Wilder's lesser films, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is well worth watching for Sherlock Holmes fans.

The acting is also up to Wilder's usual standards; Stephens and Blakely are an engaging duo as a bored Holmes and a bumbling Watson, and there's a hysterically funny supporting turn by the always underrated Revill as a Russian ballet impresario.

Put the two together and you get something worth watching, no?

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes suffers, but still manages to be entertaining.

As this is presumably a once-in-a-lifetime experience, its duplication here is pointless and ineffective.

After setting us up for a fascinating speculative insight into "the real" Sherlock, it winds down into a rather silly mystery.

A witty and intelligent script and a vast-majority-of-the-time a highly compelling and entertaining story, that is intriguingly personal and heartfelt in places, and keeping-one-on-their-toes mystery are further advantages, and the film is more arresting than it is dull.