The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

The film’s central conceit – that Holmes’s “private life” has been revealed neither by Watson’s write-ups for The Strand magazine nor by the host of adaptations since – is in the first instance beautifully written by long-time collaborators Wilder and Diamond, and in the second played wonderfully well for both pathos and laughs by Blakely and Stephens. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is the first film in which one of the long-suspected but all-too-subterranean truths of the Holmes narrative dares speak its name: Sherlock Holmes is profoundly and melancholically homosexual.

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