The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

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After spending decades living in the shadow of his more famous and successful sibling, Consulting Detective Sigerson Holmes (Wilder) is called upon to help solve a crucial case that leads him on a hilarious trail of false identities, stolen documents secret codes... and exposed backsides.

Title:The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
Release Date:January 1, 1975
Runtime:
MPAA Rating:PG
Genres:Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Production Co.:Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Production Countries:United Kingdom, United States of America
Director:Gene Wilder
Writers:
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Plot Keywords:sherlock holmes
Alternative Titles:
  • O Irmão Mais Esperto de Sherlock Holmes - [BR]
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother - [US]

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Reviews

  • quirky and undervalued
    by fairiesbite on 23 July 2004

    41 out of 47 people found the following review useful:

    I really don't understand why this film isn't better-known. It's been a favorite of mine for years, and is very funny, if rather off-beat and quirky. Perhaps it's an acquired taste, and its nay-sayers haven't watched it enough; I don't know. It's full of some of the best comic talent ever to appear to the screen, and they do an admirable job. From the oddly reticent detective who has been forced to live in his brother's shadow, to the gorgeous music hall singer/compulsive liar, to the villain who must do something truly rotten every twenty minutes, the characters are very original and manage to surprise laughs out of audiences who never have any idea what to expect from them--a true rarity when put in the context of the modern comic film. Don't believe me, however; watch it yourself and form your own opinion.

  • Hilarious
    by buddhadan-1 on 16 September 2006

    35 out of 40 people found the following review useful:

    Well, I can see that this movie really didn't get the best reviews, which surprised me as it is one of my favorite movies ever.

    I thought back on it while posting my 9 out of 10 review and I can see how others might not enjoy this style of humor, as it does take getting used to and not everyone gets that chance because the movie is rarely played.

    If you are a Gene Wilder fan, a Marty Feldman fan, a Madeline Kahn (sp?) fan, or a fan of sherlock holmes, then this movie is for you. Yes, it's a bit dry in places, and yes it can be a bit flighty, but if you can stick it out and just turn off the logical part of your mind for a bit and go along with the wild ride, I think that in the end, you'll buy a ticket and ask to go on the ride again.

    The singing numbers, the wild looks of Kahn, Wilder and of course my buggy eyed friend, Feldman, help to make this movie quirky and humorous at the same time. The dark London (I think it's in London) streets and the perpetual night helps to make this a very fun period piece with humor at every step.

    For someone such as myself who does enjoy a good Sherlock Holmes story, I truly loved the way that our main character (Wilder) is constantly getting things so way off. Such as when he thinks he is describing the person on the other side of the door based on the clues he has and then he is so way off that it's hilarious.

    See this movie, and if you need to watch it again to fully enjoy it, give it about a week and then see it again. It's worth the multiple viewings.

  • The first movie I ever saw ...
    by (shyamksriram@hotmail.com) on 28 January 2005

    38 out of 49 people found the following review useful:

    All right I take that back. This may not have been the first movie I ever saw (I think that was either "Return of the Jedi" or "The Rescue Rangers"), but this was the first movie I remember enjoying thoroughly. This is the bonding film for my dad and I. He used to quote Madeline Kahn's lines all the time while we were growing up ("I have a little dimple on my cheek ..."). Like my impassioned review of Wonka for IMDb, I'm again very partial to the acting of Gene Wilder, who I believe is one of American's all-time comic gems. He was a master of body comedy. Just look at him when he finds Zero Mostel kissing a client in "The Producers." I love this movie because it is so absurd. I remember thinking that as a child, but watching it now, do I really understand. I guess a lot of people didn't "get it" because the movie was so unconventional. Wilder's acting as Sherlock (or as he puts it "Sheer-Luck") Holmes's younger brother is funny as hell, but Marty Feldman as a cross-eyed detective? Even better. And the other casting is fantastic too - Kahn, Leo McKern, Dom DeLuise and Roy Kinnear all act brilliantly.

    This movie will always mean more to me than most people. However, I urge you to see it if you always wanted to or never even heard about it, because I believe you will definitely take something positive away from it.

  • Little known comic genius!
    by lcornick on 6 November 2004

    27 out of 36 people found the following review useful:

    The other reviewer on this site clearly doesn't understand the subtleties of the comic genius of Gene Wilder (Sigerson Holmes), Madeline Kahn (Jenny Hill, or should I say Bessie Besswood), Marty Feldman (Sgt. Sacker of Scotland Yard) and the rest of the cast of this too little known classic! It's pithy and witty and clever and tips its hat to Conan Doyle at every turn. The Kangaroo Hop, Hop will have you hopping around the living room, and Madeline Kahn outdoes herself. It's right up there with Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, and I'm waiting oh so patiently for it to be released on DVD! A must see for fans of the subtle and smart in comedy.

  • The more times you see this movie, the more you'll like it
    by Paul on 24 January 2006

    22 out of 29 people found the following review useful:

    There are a select few movies that I enjoy more each time I watch them. "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" is one of them. I've seen the movie over 20 times, and I laugh out loud every single time.

    Every main character in the movie gives a great performance. And, the comedic trio of Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn & Marty Feldman is at its best in this film. Dom DeLouise's performance as the opera singer is a gem as well.

    This film marks Gene Wilder's first attempt at movie making without the help of Mel Brooks. Although this film stays close to Brooks' style, Wilder overall uses more subtle humor.

    The bottom line is, if you are a fan of Gene Wilder's earlier movies like: Blazing Saddles, Silver Streak, The Producers, Willy Wonka..., Young Frankenstein, etc., then this movie should end up being one of your favorites.

  • The greatest comedy ever!
    by (lkelly@lawyersweekly.com) on 17 August 2000

    25 out of 36 people found the following review useful:

    How movies like Young Frankenstein can be considered legendary and The Adventure of S.H.S.B. can get historically snubbed is beyond me. This movie is no different than any other Mel Brooks film (sans Brooks himself) and if included in the list of his films - since it has every damn one of his regular actors in it, it SHOULD count - it would rank at or near the top.

    Gene Wilder, wherever you are, the genius of this film has not gone completely unnoticed.

  • One of Gene Wilder's Best
    by Lane_Meyer on 17 May 2003

    15 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

    If you are a fan of Gene Wilder or Mel Brooks' comedies, you will love this movie! Within the first 10 minutes of watching this film, I was in tears. You might need to watch it a few times, as some scenes require multiple viewings in order to pick up on the layer upon layer of comic genius contained within. Absolutely hilarious. Not quite the classic that Young Frankenstein was, but in the same class, to be sure. I doubt it has any mainstream appeal these days, but then again... what does that tell you?

  • Very funny film
    by Adrian Sweeney on 30 June 2002

    18 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

    One of the funniest films ever. Several comic geniuses on the top of their form and more great lines and inspired sequences than I could begin to tell. And 'The Kangaroo Hop', the best song ever. See it now.

    Nothing more to add. I wish everyone in the world had seen it so I wouldn't get strange looks when I suddenly start saying, 'LIAR!' or 'They BOUNCED out of the room...' Excellent, a million out of ten.

  • Unique classic comedy
    by Cliff Manley (cliff@myplace.net.au) on 12 August 2002

    11 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

    This has Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman at their peak as a comedy team. The interaction between the main characters will make you laugh and cry.

    The Sherlock Holmes fans among you will appreciate the irony and the relationship Wilder brings to life as Sherlocks brother and the way the movie ties the classic Baker St mystery into an extremely off beat and likable sexy comedy. I would recommend this movie to anyone with a sense of humour.

  • Gene Wilder's finest hour and a half
    by Xander Seavy (RiffRaffMcKinley) on 23 February 2006

    17 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

    I thought this film was purely outrageous. Gene Wilder (Sigerson), Madeleine Kahn (Jenny Hill), and Marty Feldman (Orville Stanley Slacker... er, I mean Sacker) each give the performance of a lifetime. Not to mention Leo McKern (whom I recognized from "Ladyhawke" thanks to this movie), whose perfectly psychotic turn as Moriarty made me feel like I was going to explode from laughing. Still not to mention Dom DeLuise as Eduardo Gambetti, probably the only character in the history of entertainment who can rank right up there in hilarity with Inspector Jacques Clouseau (that would be the good Jacques Clouseau, Peter Sellers). Come on, people-- this movie was great!

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