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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Billy Wilder
Release Date 1970
Language English
Studio Mirisch Films
Sir Nigel Films
Distributor MGM
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sherlock Holmes Robert Stephens
Dr. John Watson Colin Blakely
Gabrielle Valladon Geneviève Page
Mycroft Holmes Christopher Lee
Madame Petrova Tamara Toumanova
Rogozhin Clive Revill
Mrs. Hudson Irene Handl
Queen Victoria Mollie Maureen

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is a British-American 1970 comedy detective directed by Billy Wilder and starring Robert Stephens as Sherlock Holmes and Colin Blakely as Dr. Watson. The story uses Arthur Conan Doyle's characters but looks more like a parody of "classic" Holmes. The main storyline rotates around the case of a Belgian woman Gabrielle Valladon (Geneviève Page) and her allegedly missing husband, an engineer. Sherlock's brother Mycroft (Christopher Lee), German spies and even Queen Victoria are involved.

The following weapons were used in the film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes:


Webley RIC

A short barreled, nickel plated Webley RIC revolver is seen in several scenes.

Webley RIC "Model 86" - .455 Webley. This version of RIC is very similar to the screen gun.
The opening scene shows a dust-covered box with Holmes' personal belongings that is extracted from a bank vault under the will of Dr. Watson, fifty years after the latter's death. The revolver is seen on top.
Another view of the revolver in same scene.
Frightened Mrs. Hudson (Irene Handl) holds Holmes' revolver, waiting for the attack of uninvited guests.
Holmes (Robert Stephens) takes the revolver from Mrs. Hudson and explaines that the gun is unloaded.


Percussion Pistol

A pair of Percussion Cap Pistols is seen on the wall in the apartments on 221B Baker Street.

Percussion pocket pistol with octagonal steel barrel c. 1840 - 11mm
Two percussion cap pistols are seen on the wal.
The pistols are seen on a promotional image.

Flintlock Pistol

A pair of Flintlock Pistols is also seen on the wall in the apartments on 221B Baker Street.

Screen-used flintlock pistol
Two flintlock pistols are seen on the wall.

Two antique guns are seen on the wall in a club on a promotional image. The gun at the left (1) seems to have a small buttstock and may be a "knee pistol" or even a small cavalry carbine while the gun at the right (2) is a pistol; both seem to be flintlock. In the movie itself this scene is seen from a different angle of view that doesn't allow to see the guns on the wall.

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