If Arthur Conan Doyle was able to watch this I am sure he would be awed to see the accuracy of images exactly as he imagined them to be. One might make the argument that Mr. The early scene in the Victorian gay bar is, of course, not suggested by Doyle's original and the drag singer is singing Debussy's early song Beau Soir in an English translation but it seems a logical scene to include in an updated episode about a blackmailer. The stand-out sequences from 'The Master Blackmailer', for me, are the ones between the brilliant Jeremy Brett in disguise, naturally , and Sophie Thompson. This aside, there's a intricate blackmail plot involving Robert Hardy excellent , and plenty of opportunities for Holmes and Watson to get themselves in awkward situations before solving the mystery. After seeing Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, no actor should ever display such conceit as to imagine that he could ever come close to Mr.
Many mysteries are hidden behind this case. Excellent performances all round, especially from Robert Hardy, and both Brett and Hardwick fully rounded and comfortable in their roles makes this a superb piece of drama. Sherlock Holmes devises a cunning plan to snare a ruthless blackmailer who's been causing misery throughout London. Unfortunately, he is no amateur at his line of work and Holmes must use all his cunning and skill in some risky operations to foil this criminal. The book should be closed on this subject and we,the public,left to enjoy Mr. The film has a somewhat dreary, sad feel to it, but it is quite entertaining with some especially funny scenes. Could it be the great detective has actually fallen for a lady? Rathbone's screenplays were inferior to the absolutely top notch productions afforded Mr.
My only complaint is that there wasn't enough Inspector Lestrade. Unfortunately, he is no amateur at his line of work and Holmes must use all his cunning and skill in some risky operations to foil this criminal. Based on Arthur Conan Doyle's characters, this film features a softened version of Holmes who -- zounds! I wish they would have added in the scene at the end of the short story where he gives the description of the two burglars, one of which matches Watson. I will get this movie at once! Outstanding performances by Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke as usual , and Robert Hardy as the notorious villain most audiences probably recognize him today as Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter , Serena Gordon as Lady Eva Blackwell, Norma West as Lady Swinstead and Sophie Thomson as Agatha the scenes involving her and Holmes are a riot. Those of us who have most of the canon almost memorized often forget that newer generations of fans, unlike us, may be starting fresh and this may be their first exposure to Holmes, Watson and the foggy streets of Victorian London. The story is interesting and dark. A one-hour block is sufficient for almost any Holmes story, but I welcome a stretched, movie-sized version when it is done well.
The scene in which Holmes and Watson burglarize Milverton's house are intense. Probably the best of the feature-length episodes, and a fine example of the work Brett and Hardwicke did to immortalise Conan Doyle's characters for the small screen. And this time, even his loyal sidekick Dr. Brett and to this I would agree. Almost inside the book, living in the author's breath. A length adaptation includes some new plot strands that fit in well to the surrounding drama and heightens the hatred one feels for Milverton. The great actor Basil Rathbone is,I must admit, a close second but, is still second.
The amazing moments of still scenes director made look like we are just having a glimpse into the spirit of that era. Watson attempt to uncover the identity of an illusive blackmailer who has been ruining some of the most prominent families of England by publishing private letters that will, in one way or another, destroy their lives. The Master Blackmailer is one of the stories of Sherlock Holmes. The additonal material, while not strictly necessary to the plot, were well-chosen and allowed them to develop more of an atmosphere, probably a good move for those not already dyed-in-the-wool Holmes buffs. His laughter on the ladder. In this part, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson finds the Baker Street sleuth's campaign a little strange.
Watson are trying to identify and stop a expert blackmailer, who has destroyed many families. Although the film has an essentially happy ending, the tone is sad and regretful. . Our heroes must next help Lady Eva Blackwell, who must pay a sum that is beyond her means or else her upcoming marriage will most definitely be called off. The master sleuth must deal with the menace of Charles Augustus Milverton, an art dealer who has a profitable sideline as a blackmailer with much of London's high society in his grip.
His identity is unknown and the detectives only have a cryptic clue written on a leaf of a book of poetry. Synopsis The master sleuth must deal with the menace of Charles Augustus Milverton, an art dealer who has a profitable sideline as a blackmailer with much of London's high society in his grip. . . . .
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