Thursday, July 05, 2007

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Sherlock, Philo and Fu Manchu on YouTube

William Powell as Philo Vance; Clive Brook as Sherlock Holmes; Warner Oland as Fu Manchu, with Eugene Palette and Jack Oakie.
Scene from "Paramount on Parade" (1930)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sherlock Holmes - Case of Copper

From YouTube comes this 10 minute long short film...

Sherlock Holmes - Case of Copper was made as an IBH Film Studies project, which turned out rather well. I attempted to write a script as if it had been Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who wrote it, using the same language and style of writing. Aside from writing the script, I was also the Director, Editor, and Chief Actor in the film. A lot of work, that turned out well. There was numerous other crew members who where a crucial part in making the film, not only actors, but people behind the set as well, including youtube member M4771, who was the chief camera man. I hope you all enjoy 'Sherlock Holmes - Case of Copper'

Rather rare JeremyBrett / Holmes - The Four Oaks Mystery

Part of a 1992 TV telethon The Four Oaks Mystery combined the sleuthing skills of four different telly detectives in four separate short films to solve one rather poor mystery. The detectives Holmes, Van Der Valk, Taggart and Wexford each had their own segment - the Holmes chapter opens the mystery and runs about 5 minutes.. Though rare this is less of a gem than might be hoped. Still, every Sherlockian should have the chance to see it at lease once (completests that many of us are)

Conan Doyle & Holmes exhibit at the Portsmouth Museum

via 24 Hour Museum

The exhibition, including items from the collection of the late Richard Lancelyn Green, includes various interactive features...

"Narrated by Stephen Fry, the collection’s patron, the exhibition showcases a range of interactive displays and a 'new' Sherlock Holmes mystery, giving visitors the chance to try their hand at being a clever sleuth as well as fully immerse themselves within the extraordinary world of Sherlock Holmes.

It also includes interactive readings of selected works by Conan Doyle, virtual display panels and a new Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Case of the Portsmouth Doctor, written and performed specially for the exhibition."

Read the full article at 24 Hour Museum

Books for Kids reviews The Enola Holmes Mysteries

Before Nancy Drew or Veronica Mars there was, according to author Nancy Springer, a young lady with serious sleuthing skills and some pretty impressive DNA. Her name was Enola Holmes and you can guess whose sister she was.

From the Books For Kids Blog ....

"Enola, by her very name, which spelled backward is "alone," is no stranger to her mother's penchant for ciphers and hidden meanings, especially of the botanical sort, but when her mother suddenly disappears on her fourteenth birthday, Enola feels that the birthday gifts left behind for her contain the secret of her mother's whereabouts. Her much-older brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes, are, however, clueless about the disappearance until an audit of the manor's accounts shows that their mother has been embezzling funds for years, enough to provide herself with considerable "mad money" far from the restraints of Victorian widowhood."
Read the complete review at Books For Kids

Librivox Update - HOUN, SIGN, The Lost World and more...

Fit me for a dunce cap I've done it again. While searching Librivox for Holmsian goodies I stupidly searched just for dear old Sherlock and not ACD. If I'd been half as clever as I'd like my children to think I am I would have noted that in addition to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Collection Librivox's tireless volunteers had also recorded both The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles. A couple of short stories can also be found in short story collections. (The Dying Detective, The Speckled Band and The Dying Detective again)

Fan's of Conan Doyle's other works will be pleased to find The Lost World, The Parasite and The Japanned Box also ready to be downloaded. Still in the recording phase are A Study in Scarlet and Tales of Terror and Mystery.

The Adventure of the Sherlockian Wiki

via The Baker Street Blog

Brad Keefauver of Sherlock Peoria contemplates a Holmes specific Wiki : To Sherlockipedia and Beyond . . .

Sounds like a terrifc idea. The original Wikipedia, in the meantime, has done an excellent job with the Canon themselves - Wikipedia: Sherlock Holmes

Conan Doyle film on Youtube


The ten minute interview on film that occasionally shows up, in full or in excerpts, on various DVDs and Sherlockian documentaries has been posted at YouTube by TVDAYS

Sherlock Holmes at Librivox

Librivox, the free user created public domain audio books folks, have one set of Holmes stories complete and available for download and two more in the pipeline.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is now online. Each story is read by a different Librivox member, and while the quality varies a bit the good will and volunteer spirit behind the project more than makes up for it.

In the works are Memoirs (get a sneak preview here) and Return (progress report here)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Sherlock Holmes Podcast - I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere : The podcast for those interested in the life and times of Mr. Sherlock Holmes - where it is always 1895

A pair of Baker Street Irregulars have begun a wonderful podcast that I heartily recommend. Here's what they cover in the inaugural effort...

In this episode, we explore the following topics:

Why a podcast?
Ways to listen to the show
The breadth of interest in Sherlock Holmes
Listener comments - welcome, encouraged, by phone, email or the comment feature below
Show frequency and length
My First Meeting with Sherlock Holmes - Burt and Scott each share their own first experience with the great detective
The Editor's Gas Lamp - from the Baker Street Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1946), "What Is It That We Love In Sherlock Holmes?"

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Poster: A Study in Terror

Russian cartoon: Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson

Found on YouTube - a highly regarded animated take on Holmes from Russia...

Part One

Part Two

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sherlock Holmes - Terror By Night (Rathbone/Bruce)

The Chattanoogan : Insp. Baynes And Questions About The Black Peter Case

"There are several questions which arise from the report of Dr. Watson on the activities of Sherlock Holmes in connection with the case that grows out of the death of “Black Peter” Carey.

First, Watson tells us that at the time of this case Holmes had “an immense practice.” However, the facts appear otherwise. If Holmes had an immense practice, why did he spend most of a week investigating this case when he was not employed to do so and before he was ever consulted?

We know he was brought into the case by Insp. Stanley Hopkins a full week after Peter Carey (aka Black Peter), a retired sea captain, was found dead, impaled to his cabin wall by a steel harpoon. But before Holmes even met with Hopkins he had already begun, and partly completed, his investigation.

We are compelled to ask why Holmes, if he had such an immense practice, found time to undertake an investigation in a case in which he had not been employed or consulted. His investigation must have begun several days before he was consulted by Stanley Hopkins. We are told that, following an evening telegram, Hopkins met next day with Holmes to discuss the case. The death of Black Peter had occurred seven days prior..."

Complete Article
The Plausible Impossible : Weight in Animation

"One of the most difficult things in animation is to give the true feeling of weight. This seems to be especially true in 3D where characters often feel like they float rather than have any effect from gravity. The particular pencil test presented here was done for a promo for a show called "Sherlock Holmes in the 21st Century" that Filmation was pitching back in 1986. The assignment, as it was explained to me by the director, was that this was the climatic scene in the show. It had to play well and give a true feeling of struggle and doom. This is Moriarty dragging Sherlock Holmes, who is unconscious, to the edge of the top of a large tower in order to throw him off to his death. At the last minute a beam of light shines down and blinds Moriarty who drops Sherlock and he himself trips and falls off the tower..."

Full Article and video
First Book Blog: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This week, the literary world celebrated the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I, like most of you, knew him as the creator of literature’s ultimate detective, Sherlock Holmes. What I didn’t know about him until recently is that he was involved in the real-life legal battle leading to the creation in 1907 of the Criminal Court of Appeal in Great Britain.

Complete article
Westerns For Today: Book Review: HOLMES ON THE RANGE by Steve Hockensmith

"...This book was published and marketed as a mystery. And it is a mystery. It's also a western and a damned fine one. All the elements are there, and Hockensmith doesn't stint on period details that show he actually knows what constitutes a western. This novel is a fantastic example of precisely how western writers today can rebuild their market space.

The story itself is funny at times, hilarious at others, and the ranch, the hands and the working life of a cowpuncher described with great flair and accuracy. Overlooked as a western novel, but praised as a mystery, HOLMES ON THE RANGE delivers the goods on both genres with wit, charm and excellent writing. That said, there are also plenty of times where the storyline is serious and the scenes intense...
Full Review

BOOK REVIEWS: Why these books are engrossing is no mystery

"Her name is Enola Holmes and she is the much-younger sister of the celebrated fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his brilliant older brother Mycroft. Enola is a girl with spunk and smarts, which are put to the test when her mother disappears on Enola's 14th birthday. Enola's older brothers, both conventional Victorians, believe that a finishing school is the best place for their untamed sister. Enola, however, has other plans. After a daring escape from her country home, Enola heads to London where -- using all of Sherlock Holmes' methods of disguise and then some -- she sets herself up in London as a woman detective, solving cases as she avoids her brothers' attempts to discover her whereabouts..."
Complete Article
Sherlock Holmes tour far from elementary, my dear Watson

Titchard, a Sherlockian scholar, is tour guide on a walk that gives visitors a taste of places associated with the Great Detective.

Along the way he demolishes a number of myths that have grown around the hero of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous creation.

For a start, however, we have to play a game, the only rule of which is that we accept that Holmes and Watson, Moriarty and Irene Adler and all the rest were real people and not an author's inventions.

So now, "The game is afoot!" to borrow a quote from The Abbey Grange.

First, those myths. Says Titchard: "Let's talk about the meerschaum pipe he never smoked, the deerstalker cap he never wore and the Inverness cape he never had."

Full Article

Holmes Fans Mark Birthday at Baskervilles
The West End cast of The Hound of the Baskervilles joined members of the Sherlock Holmes Society to celebrate the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the brainchild behind the world’s most loved detective.

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