Sad, funny and cynical, Billy Wilder's 1970 movie presents a classically Holmesian mystery—a missing person case which ends with the Loch Ness Monster—as cover for an exploration of the great detective's myth, seeking to identify the crippled man behind the machine-like facade. Beautifully shot, the movie was cut by the studio and ignored by critics, but it's gorgeous. Robert Stephens is a complex Holmes, Colin Blakely a most human Watson.

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The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes

Sad, funny and cynical, Billy Wilder’s 1970 movie presents a classically Holmesian mystery?a missing person case which ends with the Loch Ness Monster?as cover for an exploration of the great detective’s myth, seeking to identify the crippled man behind the machine-like facade. Beautifully shot, the movie was cut by the studio and ignored by critics, but it’s gorgeous. Robert Stephens is a complex Holmes, Colin Blakely a most human Watson.