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|The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother|
Actors: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman
Genres: Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 04/04/2006 Run time: 91 minutes Rating: Pg
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It's "Sheer-luck" That This is Being Released on DVD!!
E. Hornaday | Lawrenceville, NJ United States | 01/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While some have ridiculed this Sherlock Holmes' parody, I love it and rejoice at its long-awaited DVD release. Made in 1975, funny man Gene wilder wrote, directed and starred in the film, which also boasts the incomparable talents of the late and truly lamented Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman. It also stars Dom DeLuise and Leo (Rumpole of the Bailey) McKern.
Wilder, a well-schooled actor in parodies having starred earlier in his career with Kahn and Feldman in Mel Brooks' classic and beloved "Young Frankenstein," turned is considerable skills to create this loving send-up of the world's most famous sleuth. Wilder was well-equipped to do so as he is a life-long Conan Doyle fan and bonafide member of the Baker Street Irregulars, a famous real-life Sherlockian scholarly society whose members include Christopher Morley. (In this film, Brooks has a cameo role, but he is heard and not seen.)
In this Victorian era film, Wilder portrays Sigerson Holmes, the "smarter" but very jealous younger brother of the brilliant Consulting Detective, whom he derisively refers to as "Sheer-luck." (In the Conan Doyle canon, "Sigerson" was an alias Sherlock Holmes used during his "missing years" after his falsely believed death-plunge at the Richenback Falls at the hands of his evil nemesis, Professor James Moriarty; while Mycroft Holmes was actually Sherlock's smarter brother.)
In the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, Sigerson begins an investigation, at the request of Sherlock, into the disappearance of a vital cache of government documents. Sherlock and Dr. John Watson leave England to travel to the Continent on another assignment, apparently confounded by the missing document mystery.
Kahn, who in her life was a classically trained singer, was given the opportunity to showcase her impressive vocal talents as Jenny Hill/Bessie Underwood/Opera singer, a compulsive liar and Sigerson's love interest. The film is well worth watching if for nothing else than a zany drawing room musical scene when Sigerson and Jenny first meet, which culminates in the truly unforgettable, "Kangaroo Hop."
Feldman is Sigerson's Watson, Sgt. Orville Sacker of Scotland Yard who possesses "photographic hearing," and who, along with Jenny, help Sigerson recover the documents and thwart Moriarty (with some invaluable behind-the-scenes assistance from Sherlock Holmes!)
McKern is wonderfully evil as the new Moriarty, while DeLuise is a bumbling blackmailer.
This film is fun, wacky, sweet and very off-beat. Kudos to Wilder for choosing to enlist his old partners Kahn and Feldman, providing yet another permanent chapter in their unforgettable and immortal careers!"
Wilder & Company's Hysterical Homage to Sherlock Holmes
Robert W. Jacoby | El Cajon, California United States | 07/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gene Wilder's "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" has a unique snap & sparkle, with a thread of insanity, that makes it one of my favorite film comedies. While very funny and often irreverant, the film pays affectionate tribute to the wonderful Conan Doyle franchise of Holmes' stories. It is also well-produced, with brooding photography and honest depictions of period London settings. But perhaps the best thing about "Holmes' Smarter Brother" is its zany cast, from Marty Feldman, Madelaine Kahn and Wilder himself, to wonderfully crazed performances by Leo McKern as the infamous Dr. Moriarty and Dom DeLuis as a bizarrely-affected opera impressario. This film is first rate FUN and should become a classic in the comedic vein of Mel Brooks'"Young Frankenstein", "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety". I highly recommend "Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" and hope we can all soon add it to our DVD collections."
Gene Wilder's Funniest Movie
Julie S. Robertson | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 03/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is by far Gene Wilder's funniest movie. I can't believe that the studios haven't released this on DVD yet. I have never laughed so hard as I did watching this film. If you like The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, you will go nuts for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother. I have been waiting not so patiently for Amazon to notify me that it is out on DVD. HURRY, Please!"
Classic Gene Wilder
Julie S. Robertson | 04/07/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you love Gene Wilder, this movie is a must see. I saw it when it first came out and then again last year. This is one of the funniest movies ever made. I looked for it everywhere last year, and finally saw it on some movie channel. This has to be on DVD! I hope the studio who has the rights comes to their senses!"