Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A Special HAPPY TUESDAY Tribute!

due to the fact that yesterday was Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday, today we celebrate one of the greatest sleuths of all time (or at least the men who played him and his faithful sidekick). Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes on both screen and radio during the 30's and 40's, along with Nigel Bruce who played Dr. Watson and to my mind there are no others.

(mysfit's edit: i have been reminded that though Basil Rathbone played an excellent and convincing Holmes, another excellent actor excelled at this role as well - so let's just say that there are no others except Jeremy Brett - thanks jp)


"The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes." -Holmes; Hound of the Baskervilles

"But he had not that supreme gift of the artist, the knowledge of when to stop." - The Adventure of the Norwood Builder

"What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence," returned my companion, bitterly. "The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done." - A Study in Scarlet

"Amid the action and reaction of so dense a swarm of humanity, every possible combination of events may be expected to take place, and many a little problem will be presented which may be striking and bizarre without being criminal." - The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle

"Come, Watson, come!" he cried. "The game is afoot." - The Adventure of Abbey Grange

9 little fish:

Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Happy Tuesday to you all! Love Doyle's creations as well as Mr. Rathbone. I haven't seen many of his performances as Holmes but have some of the old radio plays where he voices Holmes and they are terrific!

12:53 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i love the photo with the violin.

i love detective stories, too.

8:06 PM  
Blogger transience swam up to say...

i love hound of the baskervilles! excellent tribute, mysfit.

3:51 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

thanks transience! Sherlock Holmes is such a childhood memory of mine - we even had a boardgame called 21B Baker Street in which you wandered around london trying to get all the clues to solve a mystery before the other players (like clue only the mysteries were stories and you had to figure out things like motive)

11:00 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

oh and jenn i love Holmes on the violin, esp. after he does a lot of coke :P

11:16 AM  
Blogger phylos swam up to say...

Basil was the greatest Holmes. I've just re-read all the stories and, once past the some-what old fashioned and unusual structure, they are still thrilling.

4:28 PM  
Blogger JP swam up to say...

My own favourite Holmes was Jeremy Brett.

Long time since I re-read the Holmes stories, thanks for the reminder. You should also read his excellent non-Holmesian short stories of horror and adventure, if you haven't already done so. Melodramatic at times, but gripping, always.

1:31 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

THAT's HIM!!! that's him!!! thanks jp,

Jeremy Brett played Sherlock Holmes during the 80's and 90's and now that you've pointed me to his fantastically pointed beak i remember him - he was fantastic. when i was younger, i loved it when they would play a Sherlock Holmes mystery on the public access show Mystery and it was always him - (by the way for those Edward Gorey fans, the opening credits of Mystery were all him)

11:54 AM  
Blogger JP swam up to say...

Ooh, Gorey, Brett and mysteries - great combnation!

Jeremy Brett was also Freddie Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady. He didn't really appear in that many movies though.

3:56 AM  

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