Oh, you will see it out, will you? I thought I knew my Watson.
“My mind,” [Holmes] said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”
“The only unofficial detective?” I said, raising my eyebrows.
“The only unofficial consulting detective,” he answered. “I am the last and highest court of appeal in detection”.
- Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four
Love your post on Holmes/disguises! Do you know what adaptations have Holmes in disguise?
Hallo dear! Thank you for your kind message, and sorry for the delay in answering.
I must say that, even if my holmesian obsession is HUGE, and even if I’ve tried and try to watch as much adaptations as possible, I can’t claim I’ve watched them all, and some I watched so much time ago that I can’t say I remember them well.
Anyway, on the whole, I guess that almost ALL the serial adaptations have, in greater or smaller measure, represented Holmes’ ability with disguises.
Certainly it was displayed often enough in Basil Rathbone’s movies:
But the mariner’s diguise (a pretty canonical reference) occurred also in Ronald Howard’s Sherlock Holmes:
Not to mention the adaptation starring Arthur Wontner:
And how could we forget our beloved Basil of Baker Street?
Curiously, the Chinese disguise makes another appearance in the second of Guy Ritchie’s movies, Sherlock Holmes - Game of Shadows, where also the other very popular canonical reference (the old lady disguise) is portraied (well, more or less…):
This latter disguise even appears in Myiazaki’s anime Sherlock Hound:
And of course there are PLENTY of Holmes’ disguises in Granada’s Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett being one of the most wonderful interpreters of canonical, Victorian Holmes with all his peculiarities:
But, of course, even the first Russian Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson series - the one starring Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin - does justice to Holmes’ acting abilities since the very first episode:
And they tell me that the new (2013) Russian series is not devoid of holmesian disguises, too:
But, of course, there are more, much more examples, both in series I cannot presently recall (for instance, I seem to remember that even Geoffrey Whitehead, in the 1979 Polish-American series, appeared one or two times in one of Holmes’ most ‘classical’ disguises…), and in single movies or TV-movies.
For instance, I can remember a Christopher Plummer’s Holmes in disguise in Murder by Decree:
But I’m sure there are many, many more!
So, everybody, please add your contribution to this little list!
…the protest that followed the supposed death of the detective in the steaming caldron of Reichenbach was formidable. This was no paper hero who had gone to his death in the pages of a novel, but one of England’s greatest living figures. The lamentation was universal and it was sincere. It is probable that the passing of no character in fiction since Little Nell in Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop so wrought upon the heart of England and America. But if the death of Little Nell threw nations into mourning, it should in fairness be recorded that it also wrung the heart of her creator. Conan Doyle, it must be revealed, was made of sterner stuff. “I fear I was utterly callous, myself,” he writes in his autobiography, “and only glad to have a chance of opening out into new fields of imagination, for the temptation of high prices made it difficult to get one’s thoughts away from Holmes.’
- Vincent Starrett, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (via tookmyskull)
just a shout-out to say "phew!" and "yay!" that your insane work schedule has let up and you can return to some semblance of having a life. i hope things continue to peter off so that you aren't just caught between insane-mobility and hibernation modes.
I so hope so, too, dear!!!!
Thanks for your kind message and let’s keep our fingers crossed.
And right now I’m going to take a little time all for myself over here on Tumblr…
Cheers! Have a very nice day!
[Holmes] smiled at my vehemence. “Perhaps you are right, Watson,” he said. “I suppose that [the drugs’] influence is physically a bad one. I find it, however, so transcendently stimulating and clarifying to the mind that its secondary action is a matter of small moment.”
“But consider!” I said earnestly. “Count the cost! Your brain may, as you say, be roused and excited, but it is a pathological and morbid process which involves increased tissue-change and may at least leave a permanent weakness. You know, too, what a black reaction comes upon you. Surely the game is hardly worth the candle. Why should you, for a mere passing pleasure, risk the loss of those great powers with which you have been endowed? Remember that I speak not only as one comrade to another but as a medical man to one for whose constitution he is to some extent answerable”.
- Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four
They say life begins at retirement.