The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

35mm film, “filmed in Panavision” (anamorphic), “color by DeLuxe”, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American/British fantasy film directed by Billy Wilder.

Plot Summary

and the ever-faithful Dr Watson agree to help a young woman by investigating the mysterious disappearance of her husband. But they get more than they bargained for in a case that takes them to Scotland and encounters with , and the .


* = uncredited

Directed by: Billy Wilder
©: MCMLXX [1970] by Phalanx Productions, Inc. and Mirisch Productions, Inc.
The Mirisch Corporation presents a production of Mirisch Films Limited in association with Sir Nigel Films Ltd.
Produced by: Billy Wilder
Written by: Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond
Based upon the characters created by: Arthur Conan Doyle
Director of Photography: Christopher Challis
Film Editor: Ernest Walter
Music by/Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Opus 24 by: Miklós Rózsa
Sound Recordists: J.W.N. Daniel, Dudley Messenger, Gordon K. McCallum
Costume Designer: Julie Harris
Make-Up: Ernest Gasser, Roy Ashton *
Hairdressing: Biddy Chrystal
Special Effects: Wally Veevers, Cliff Richardson
Production Designer: Alexander Trauner

Robert Stephens (Sherlock Holmes)
Colin Blakely (Dr Watson)
Irene Handl (Mrs Hudson)
Stanley Holloway (gravedigger)
Catherine Lacey (woman in wheelchair)
Christopher Lee (Mycroft Holmes)
Genevieve Page (Gabrielle Valladon)
Clive Revill (Rogozhin)
Tamara Toumanova (Madame Petrova)
Mollie Maureen (Queen Victoria)
Peter Madden (Von Tirpitz)
Michael Balfour (cabby)
James Copeland (guide)
Alex McCrindle (baggageman)
John Garrie (1st carter)
Godfrey James (2nd carter)
Frank Thornton (porter)
Robert Cawdron (hotel manager)
Paul Hansard (monk)

Alternative Titles

Das Privatleben des Sherlock Holmes – Germany
Sherlock Holmes magánélete – Hungary
Sherlock Holmesin salaisuus – Finland
A Vida íntima de Sherlock Holmes – Portugal
La vida privada de Sherlock Holmes – Spain
La Vie privée de Sherlock Holmes – France
Vita privata di Sherlock Holmes – Italy



  • The Movie p.1540 – credits, review
  • New Musical Express 10 January 1981 p.7 – short review (On the box by Monty Smith)


  • The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.251
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.176
  • The Films of Christopher Lee by Robert W. Pohle Jr and Douglas C. Hart pp.141-142
  • by Walt Lee p.382 – credits