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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

Released 1970
Distributor United Artists

Billy Wilder’s elegant take on Conan Doyle’s enduring sleuth never reached theaters in its intended 3-hour Roadshow form, but still ranks as one of the most memorable Holmes outings. It’s fairly obscure these days, but perhaps the boxoffice success of the recent Robert Downey vehicle will lead viewers back to sample the remains of what was certainly one of Wilder’s best pictures.

About Dan Ireland

TFH Guru Dan Ireland passed away on April 14, 2016. Dan loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing.