With ‘Enola Holmes’ Debuting on Netflix, Let’s Look at Some Quirkier Holmes Films

Peter Cook as Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock is a literary phenomenon, as all Sherlockians know. There are few characters that are as compelling in the 21st century as when created 130 years ago by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  His enduring appeal means that Sherlock has notched up a fair few portrayals on film and television, as one would expect in our entertainment-obsessed world.  


Since his creation in December 1887, Sherlock Holmes has been played by over 75 actors including Sir Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, Roger Moore, John Cleese, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. In fact, Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed literary human character in film and TV, says Guinness World Records.  


As Netflix release the movie (about Holmes’ younger sister, from Nancy Springer’s YA novels) on the 23rd September; a brief look at Sherlock on film, with some titles that may deserve more attention, rather than the usual Rathbone/Downey etc.



Enola Holmes | Official Trailer | Netflix



A melancholic, romantic Holmes

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Masters of Cinema) New & Exclusive Trailer



A righteous Sherlock – against the late Victorian ‘Deep State’.  And Jack the Ripper




A coked-up Holmes

The Seven Per Cent Solution Trailer



Sherlock as an old codger

Mr. Holmes Official US Release Trailer #1 (2015) - Ian McKellen Mystery Drama HD



Two people who think they’re Sherlock Holmes

They Might Be Giants (1971) ORIGINAL TRAILER


The Return of the World's Greatest Detective (1976)



Hammer Film Holmes

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) - HD Trailer [1080p]



Vs Jack the Ripper (again)

A Study In Terror 1965 Trailer



Bond & Steed…

Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)



Other comedies

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975) - Trailer


Without a Clue (1988) ORIGINAL TRAILER [HD 1080p]


HOLMES AND WATSON - Official Trailer (HD)


The Strange Case Of The End Of Civilization As We Know It (clip)


The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) (Re-release Theatrical Trailer)



Further curiosities…


Sherlock Holmes Trailer


1994 Baker Street Sherlock Holmes Returns 1993 (Re-Upload)


Sherlock Gnomes Official Trailer #1 (2018) Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt Animated Movie HD


Russ Abbot - Barratt Holmes The Strange Case of the Missing Cobblers


Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century Cartoon Intro


The Great Mouse Detective (1986) Trailer


The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1987 Unsold pilot


Roger Moore as Sherlock. He’s keeping the British end up (again)

The Spy Who Loved Me - Keeping the British End Up


All in all, there have been more than 250 screen adaptations of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures, so there’s simply no way to rank them all. But these are my picks for TV and film, which have a certain quirky translation of one of fiction’s most memorable characters.

Stephen Arnell

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