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Old 06-22-2010, 06:54 PM   #11
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I see you are a Basil Rathbone fan as well? Good career choice for Downey Jr. Bad bad bad interpretation of Holmes.
I watched a Basil Rathbone version just last week (Forget the title)

I thoroughly enjoyed it for it's simplicity. Then, about an hour later it dawned on me.....They kept getting in and out of cars circa late 30's!!! WTF!? I still enjoyed the movie, but felt strangely disturbed for a while afterwards.
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Jeremy Brett was awesome in that role,

Do you like the Poirot series with David Suchet? Another of my all time favorite characters. The setting and costumes make you feel you are really watching people living in those times.
Two terrific shows made with great character and appreciation for their interpretations of the stories.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:49 PM   #13
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Also, a case could be made for Holmes knowing some form of Asian martial arts; in one story he defeats an opponent with Bartitsu, which Holmes describes as "a Japanese system of wrestling".

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Old 06-22-2010, 07:52 PM   #14
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Two terrific shows made with great character and appreciation for their interpretations of the stories.
...we had this conversation before.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:55 PM   #15
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Also, a case could be made for Holmes knowing some form of Asian martial arts; in one story he defeats an opponent with Bartitsu, which Holmes describes as "a Japanese system of wrestling".
And of course, A.C. Doyle believed that Houdini could dematerialize and then re materialize himself in order to make his escapes. I'm sure that his own vision of Sherlock would have been a lot more magical than the character he became portrayed as in movie adaptations. (I can't remember the books I read as a kid, does it show?)
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...we had this conversation before.
We did? I need evidence! Dispense of the obvious, whatever remains will be the truth. (Short and dumb version)
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And of course, A.C. Doyle believed that Houdini could dematerialize and then re materialize himself in order to make his escapes. I'm sure that his own vision of Sherlock would have been a lot more magical than the character he became portrayed as in movie adaptations. (I can't remember the books I read as a kid, does it show?)
I'm currently re-reading my Holmes stories, but as I recall none of the stories have anything other than a natural explanation. Even the the most outré of them (Hound of the Baskervilles, IMO) ends up being caused by man, not occult influences.

I haven't read much of Doyle outside of Holmes and The Lost World; perhaps he deals more in the occult in other works.
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I'm currently re-reading my Holmes stories, but as I recall none of the stories have anything other than a natural explanation. Even the the most outré of them (Hound of the Baskervilles, IMO) ends up being caused by man, not occult influences.

I haven't read much of Doyle outside of Holmes and The Lost World; perhaps he deals more in the occult in other works.
No, my point was not that SH is occult in any way, just that A C Doyle was so far out there regarding his imagination, that his creation was more likely to be far outside the capabilities of a regular person (As SH was intellectually) I imagine (Keyword imagine) That in Doyle's mind, SH was almost flawless, apart from that druggy kryptonite thing he had.

Hey, I have no idea. SH is just one of those characters that we build our own stories and imaginings around.
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And I thought all this time that I was the only Sherlock Holmes geek.

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True I've never read any, I have just seen the various series on PBS.

I appreciate the references to the original literature which I can not speak of.

I can, however, say with some certainty, that SH and the good DR never beat up a whole gang of deuchey bad guys all batman style, just in time for the inspector to show up.

That was part of my unrealized hatred of this, it borrowed more from THE DARK KNIGHT than from the series on KET (PBS).

Either way, it was too ridiculous and "hollywood" to be any good.

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