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    Posted: November 04 2020 at 11:38am
Hunkered down in the Man-Cave and decided to dust off my complete collection of "Sherlock Holmes" DVD's starting Jeremy Brett. Hands down drawer in my opinion. I suspect there are several Sherlock fans on the site, and I'd be curious as to who is, let's say, top 4. Mine are:
-Jeremy Brett
- Benjamin Cumberbach
- Basil Rathbone
- Trevor Howard

Worst? Robert Downey Jr.
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Jeremy Brett would be the hands down winner to me.
Basil Rathbone was good, but the played fast & Loose with the scripts which didn't really do it for me.
I haven't seen (intentionally) the Benjamin Cumberbach series because its taken to modern times which doesn't work for me at all. Sherlock is very much a Victorian character.
Peter Cushing did a few & he was good.
I have to give an Honorable Mention to Robert Downey Jr. His take is oddball, but interesting. Incidentally the 3rd Downey Holmes movie is supposedly a go now.


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Probably the most important portrayal of Holmes was by William Gillette who died in 1937.  His stage persona of Holmes incorporated the drawings of Sydney Paget in the Strand.
I do think the best was Jeremy Brett along with the productions that did a good job of following the stories of Sir Arthur.
The Basil Rathbone movie series is a favorite.  When I think of Sherlock I see Basil.

 
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Shamu.. I am a full fledged Sherlock nut and have all the books and stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I love the Victorian era setting, as I am also a ameteur "Ripperologist", but, trust me, give the Sherlock series with Benjamin Cumberbach and Martin Freeman a chance... one show. I think you'll be very impressed!
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Oh, I have a little tale for you.
I worked at Pelling+Cross a photo retailer on Baker St W1. We were at 212, no "b".
If you wrote to Sherlock Holmes" at "221b, Baker street, London W1" You would eventually get a reply. The street has been renumbered several times but the current 221b is north of The "Marleybone Rd", but the original was a good bit further South.
Frequently we'd get "Sherlock's mail" 212, 221 whatever!
One of my "little jobs" was to build it up over a week or so & deliver it to the National Westminster Bank who were at 221 (no"b") & one of the employees, who was  BIG Sherlock nut would reply to all of them as & when he had time, on the bank's dime.
OK I'll give it a try.
I like Martin Freedmans acting & I don't dislike Cummerbunch's either, but a lot of Sherlock's character (distrusting The LDS & despising Lascars), was normal in Victorian times, but unacceptable nowadays. I don't see how they'll reconcile the differences. I also have a problem with his techniques (the birth of Forensic science) with a modern world.
I do like the Canadian series "Murdoch Mysteries", which is kind of a Canuk Sherlock, but I just don't "get" a modern Sherlock, or Murdoch.

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im a fan , i agree with your list but i dont neccessaril agree that downey jr was all that bad , have not had my written volumes off the shelves in decades and the DVD set is resting untouched accross the room for years , may have to do something about that this winter - not going anywhyere 
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Murdoch Mysteries are my favourite television detective show! For fans of Victorian era mystery, you should really give it a try.
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I like the way they drag real historical characters into the plot with the Murdoch Mysteries. Its a nice touch.
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