PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.
Colin Blakely was cast quite late in pre-production, and was hired by Billy Wilder on the strong recommendation of Robert Stephens, a friend and colleague of Blakely's in his work with the National Theatre, and his co-star in the original stage production of "The Royal Hunt Of The Sun" by Peter Shaffer in 1964. In that, Blakely played Pizarro and Stephens played Atahuallpa. Both had been lavishly praised for their performances.
Some of us are cursed with memories like flypaper. Stuck there is a staggering amount of miscellaneous data, most of it useless.
The events start in August 1887 and apparently take place in the following weeks or, at most, months. However, Mycroft Holmes tells Queen Victoria that Kaiser Wilhelm II had Count Zeppelin working on dirigibles that could drop bombs on Buckingham Palace. Wilhelm II did not become Kaiser until 15 June 1888, and Zeppelin did not start constructing rigid airships until the 1890s.
One edit for British TV trims the scene where Watson berates Holmes about his cocaine abuse. This keeps Watson's question, 'Aren't you ashamed of yourself?', but cuts Holmes' answer, 'Thoroughly. This will take care of it.'
English, Russian, French, German
$3,300,000 (USA) (31 December 1971)
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