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  • Abby Normal
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    Originally posted by Wickerman View Post

    Absolutely agree, that had to be one of the worse casting choices in recent memory.

    One of the Hughes brothers came on Casebook when they were putting the plot together, I told him at the time, not Johnny Depp for goodness sakes, Abberline didn't wear earings!
    You guys are nuts. From hell is a mini masterpiece and depps best performance IMHO. I mean cmon guys great flick! Great acting, love the focus on the women, cinematography is amazing, score, Ian holm! And the best part...sad ending lol! And besides depp dies so that should make you happy! ; )

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  • Abby Normal
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    Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post

    hi Abby,

    A Study In Terror is a great movie. Others that Iíd recommend are:

    The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes - This is a Billy Wilder movie starring Robert Stephens as Holmes. It was originally 3+ hours long but was cut down. You can now get it on Blu-ray with a lot of the bits that were left out. Itís a great film with some great humour in it.

    Murder By Decree - Which youíve probably already seen Abby. It stars Christopher Plummer as Holmes and James Mason as Watson and is a working of the Stephen Knight theory with the names changed. Sir William Gull becomes Sir Thomas Spivey for example. Well worth a watch if you havenít already.

    The Hound Of The Baskervilles - A classic and the best version of the story imo. Starting Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

    The Hound Of The Baskervilles - Iíd also recommend the 1959 Hammer version starring Peter Cushing as Holmes and Andre Morell as Watson. Christopher Lee plays a rather stern Sir Henry Baskerville. Itís in technicolour. I love it.

    The Seven Percent Solution - This is worth a watch too imo. It stars Nicol Williamson as a Holmes trying to rid himself of his drug habit. Watson and Mycroft trick him into going to Austria where he thinks heíll find Professor Moriarty but they just want him to see Sigmund Freud.

    One final recommendation to you and anyone that hasnít seen it Abby is a tv series available on dvd called Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings Of Sherlock Holmes. It stars Ian Richardson as Dr Joseph Bell who was Doyleís inspiration for Holmes. There was a pilot episode then three further ones. Absolutely brilliant. Bell takes the Holmes role whilst Doyle assists him (like Watson.) Dr Neil Cream even makes an appearance in the pilot episode and he ends up killing Doyleís first girlfriend. Go for it if you havenít already Abby. Richardson also played Holmes twice and was very good imo.

    If you watch any of these and you like them then great. If you donít like them then someone must have hacked my account to recommend them.​​​​​​​
    Hs
    watched the hammer hound last night. Great flick and Iím adding it to my list. Love those old hammer movies and this was up there with the best IMHO. Thumbs way up.

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  • Wickerman
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    Originally posted by etenguy View Post

    I wouldn't have chosen From Hell - but that may be a Johnny Depp bias.
    Absolutely agree, that had to be one of the worse casting choices in recent memory.

    One of the Hughes brothers came on Casebook when they were putting the plot together, I told him at the time, not Johnny Depp for goodness sakes, Abberline didn't wear earings!

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  • Herlock Sholmes
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    Originally posted by etenguy View Post

    I will have to watch again - it may be a muddled brain has mis-remembered. There is one scene in a garden/park that will clinch it for me. Good excuse to revisit.
    Yeah, that definitely sounds like Mr Holmes with Ian Mckellen.

    https://youtu.be/0G1lIBgk4PA

    Ring any bells?

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  • etenguy
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    Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post
    Im a fanatic movie guy and one of my favorite genres is the period piece thriller. My favorites:

    From Hell
    The Raven (recent one)
    Gothic
    Crimson Peak
    The Other
    The Illusionist
    Bram Stokers Dracula
    Angel Heart

    I think these are all mini masterpieces-please let me know your favorites.

    Also, I recently saw A Study in Terror and loved it. Whats the best Sherlock Holmes movie?

    I wouldn't have chosen From Hell - but that may be a Johnny Depp bias.

    For period films, I think the Elephant Man is difficult to beat, though not a thriller. But for TV series, one I really enjoyed was Penny Dreadful (I think that's what is was called) which collected all the grotesques of Victorian Britain into a single show.

    You will note a theme of poor memory for titles coming through my posts in this thread.

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  • etenguy
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    Originally posted by Wickerman View Post

    How sure are you it was Sherlock Holmes?
    it is one of the few things of which I am sure - I suspect the others pointing to Mr Holmes may have unfurled the confusion in my mind.

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  • etenguy
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    Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post

    Theres definitely a perfume connection in that one too. With Holmes falling for the woman there are also elements of the William Gillette play/movie.

    https://bakerstreet.fandom.com/wiki/Mr_Holmes

    Ring any bells Eten?
    I will have to watch again - it may be a muddled brain has mis-remembered. There is one scene in a garden/park that will clinch it for me. Good excuse to revisit.

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  • c.d.
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    Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post

    Hi cd
    are you referring to the tv series? Or a movie?
    TV series. Sorry.

    c.d.

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  • Abby Normal
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    Originally posted by c.d. View Post

    I thought it was decent but not great. One thing they did that I really disliked was to have interviews with the actors on set when they were in their regular clothes. Completely shatters the illusion that they are trying to create in the first place. Don't remind people that they are watching a movie not reality.

    c.d.
    Hi cd
    are you referring to the tv series? Or a movie?

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  • Herlock Sholmes
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    Originally posted by Joshua Rogan View Post

    Wasn't Jack Palance actually in a Ripper movie? I think it was called The Man in the Attic, and was based on The Lodger.
    The Man In The Attic is available to watch on YouTube btw. Havenít seen it for a while but I seem to remember quite enjoying it. I have it on dvd somewhere.

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  • Herlock Sholmes
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    Originally posted by c.d. View Post

    I thought it was decent but not great. One thing they did that I really disliked was to have interviews with the actors on set when they were in their regular clothes. Completely shatters the illusion that they are trying to create in the first place. Don't remind people that they are watching a movie not reality.

    c.d.
    I read The Alienist years ago and the one that Carr wrote next and thought they were both great. Itís always a risk that screen versions donít live up to the book. Iíll probably wait until I can pick up a cheap dvd/Blu-ray some time in the future. Or better still, wait for my film buff mate to buy it then borrow it.

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  • Herlock Sholmes
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    Originally posted by miss marple View Post
    No sure but was it' Mr Holmes' Ian McKellen playing an aging retired Holmes who has taken to beekeeping, his mind is slowly going and he thinks back to a case in the past involving a depressed woman [ flashbacks ] who is seeing a spiritualist. I recall him developing a relationship with her.

    Miss Marple
    Theres definitely a perfume connection in that one too. With Holmes falling for the woman there are also elements of the William Gillette play/movie.

    https://bakerstreet.fandom.com/wiki/Mr_Holmes

    Ring any bells Eten?

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  • c.d.
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    Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post
    By the way, has anyone seen the adaptation of The Alienist? Great book but any good on screen?
    I thought it was decent but not great. One thing they did that I really disliked was to have interviews with the actors on set when they were in their regular clothes. Completely shatters the illusion that they are trying to create in the first place. Don't remind people that they are watching a movie not reality.

    c.d.

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  • miss marple
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    No sure but was it' Mr Holmes' Ian McKellen playing an aging retired Holmes who has taken to beekeeping, his mind is slowly going and he thinks back to a case in the past involving a depressed woman [ flashbacks ] who is seeing a spiritualist. I recall him developing a relationship with her.

    Miss Marple

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  • Wickerman
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    Originally posted by etenguy View Post
    A tester for you Herlock, or anyone who might know. I have a vague memory of a Sherlock Holmes film which I enjoyed. I do not remember Watson being a character in this film. The plot, as best I remember it, was centred around a woman badly treated by her husband and/or family. They lived in a large house/stately home and the family were well connected with a good reputation. She fears for her life as things escalate and wants to get away. I cannot remember the reason she could not just leave. She lures Sherlock Holmes into helping her. After Sherlock has 'saved' her he confronts her with her deception and tells her he knows she has concocted the whole story. The important clue to discovering her deception has to do with perfume or a perfume bottle. He tells her he helped because of the feelings he has for her, but she rebuffs him and leaves.

    I do not remember any useful details, such as character names, and have never come across this plotline in any synopsis of a Sherlock Holmes film I have seen on the internet. It may have been a TV film (or even a dream as i have never found it since seeing it a number of years ago).

    Does it ring any bells? To make matters worse, I'm not even sure if i have really remembered the plot very accurately.
    How sure are you it was Sherlock Holmes?

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