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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Quotes

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is a television show that first aired in 1970 . The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes stopped airing in 1970.

It features I. A. L. Diamond as producer, Miklós Rózsa in charge of musical score, and Christopher Challis as head of cinematography.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is recorded in English and originally aired in United Kingdom. Each episode of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is 125 minutes long. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is distributed by United Artists.

The cast includes: Colin Blakely as Watson, Robert Stephens as Holmes, Geneviève Page as Ilse von Hoffmanstal, aka Gabrielle Valladon, Irene Handl as Mrs. Hudson, and Christopher Lee as Mycroft Holmes.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Quotes

Robert Stephens as Holmes

  • (Robert Stephens) "Madame must not be too hasty. She must remember that I am an Englishman."
  • (Nikolai Rogozhin) "So?"
  • (Robert Stephens) "You know what they say about us: if there's one thing more deplorable than our cooking, it's our lovemaking. We are not the most romantic of people."
  • (Nikolai Rogozhin) "Perfect. We don't want sentimental idiots, falling in love, committing suicide. One week in Venice with Madame, she goes back to St. Petersburg with baby, you go back to London with fiddle."
  • (Robert Stephens) "I don't dislike women, I merely distrust them. The twinkle in the eye and the arsenic in the soup --"
  • (Colin Blakely) "You see it's touches like that which make you colourful."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Lurid, more like."
  • (Nikolai Rogozhin) "Mr. Holmes, what you have seen tonight is last, and positively final performance of Madame Petrova. She is retiring."
  • (Robert Stephens) "What a shame."
  • (Nikolai Rogozhin) "She's been dancing since she was three years old, and after all, she is now thirty-eight."
  • (Robert Stephens) "I must say, she doesn't look thirty-eight."
  • (Nikolai Rogozhin) "That is because she is forty-nine."
  • (Robert Stephens) "This is all very flattering, but surely there are other men, better men."
  • (Nikolai Rogozhin) "To tell truth, you were not the first choice. We considered Russian writer, Tolstoy."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Oh, that's more like it. The man's a genius."
  • (Nikolai Rogozhin) "Too old. Then we considered philosopher, Nietzsche."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Well, absolutely first-rate mind."
  • (Nikolai Rogozhin) "Uh-uh. Too German. Then we considered Tchaikovsky."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Oh, you couldn't go wrong with Tchaikovsky."
  • (Nikolai Rogozhin) "We could, and we did. It was catastrophe."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Why?"
  • (Nikolai Rogozhin) "You don't know? Because Tchaikovsky, how shall I put it? Women not his glass of tea."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Criminals are as unpredictable as head colds. You never know when you're going to catch one."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Some of us are cursed with memories like flypaper. Stuck there is a staggering amount of miscellaneous data, most of it useless."
  • (Robert Stephens) "You've painted me as a hopeless dope addict just because I occasionally take a five-percent solution of cocaine."
  • (Colin Blakely) "A seven-percent solution --"
  • (Robert Stephens) "Five percent. Don't you think I'm aware you've been diluting it behind my back?"
  • (Colin Blakely) "As a doctor, as well as your friend, I strongly disapprove of this insidious habit of yours."
  • (Robert Stephens) "My dear friend, as well as my dear doctor, I only resort to narcotics when I'm suffering from acute boredom, when there are no interesting cases to engage my mind."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Look at this: an urgent appeal to find some missing midgets."
  • (Colin Blakely) "Did you say "midgets"?"
  • (Robert Stephens) "Six of them, the Tumbling Piccolos, an acrobatic act of some circus."
  • (Colin Blakely) "Disappeared between London and Bristol. Well don't you find that intriguing?"
  • (Robert Stephens) "Extremely so. You see, they're not only midgets, but also anarchists."
  • (Colin Blakely) "Anarchists?"
  • (Robert Stephens) "By now, they have been smuggled to Vienna, dressed as little girls in organdy pinafores. They are to greet the czar of all the Russias when he arrives at the railway station. They will be carrying bouquets of flowers, and concealed in each bouquet will be a bomb with a lit fuse."
  • (Colin Blakely) "You really think so?"
  • (Robert Stephens) "Not at all. The circus owner offers me five pounds for my services. That's not even a pound a midget. So obviously, he's a stingy blighter and the little chaps simply ran off to join another circus."
  • (Colin Blakely) "It sounded so promising."
  • (Robert Stephens) "We all have occasional failures. Fortunately Dr. Watson never writes about mine."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Mrs Hudson. MRS HUDSON."
  • (Irene Handl) "Yes? What is it? What have I done now?"
  • (Robert Stephens) "There is something missing from my desk."
  • (Irene Handl) "Missing?"
  • (Robert Stephens) "Something very crucial."
  • (Irene Handl) "What?"
  • (Robert Stephens) "Dust. You have been tidying up against my explicit orders."
  • (Irene Handl) "Oh look, I made sure I hadn't disturbed anything."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Dust, Mrs Hudson, is an essential part of my filing system. By the thickness of it I can date any document immediately."
  • (Irene Handl) "Well, some of the dust was THIS thick."
  • (Robert Stephens) "That would be March 1883."

Colin Blakely as Watson

  • (Colin Blakely) "They say twelve men have died for her."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Really?"
  • (Colin Blakely) "Six commited suicide, four were killed in duels and one fell out of the gallery of the Vienna Opera House."
  • (Robert Stephens) "That's only eleven."
  • (Colin Blakely) "The man who fell from the gallery landed on top of another man in the orchestra."
  • (Robert Stephens) "That makes an even dozen -- in a messy sort of way."
  • (Colin Blakely) "Where's your self-control?"
  • (Robert Stephens) "Fair question."
  • (Colin Blakely) "Aren't you ashamed of yourself?"
  • (Robert Stephens) "Thoroughly. This will take care of it."
  • (Colin Blakely) "Wouldn't it be ironic if Holmes' last case were a case of pneumonia?"
  • (Colin Blakely) "Were you expecting someone?"
  • (Robert Stephens) "Not at this time of night."
  • (Colin Blakely) "Perhaps Mrs Hudson is entertaining."
  • (Robert Stephens) "I've never found her so."
  • (Colin Blakely) "You call yourself logical? You're the least logical man I know."
  • (Robert Stephens) "Am I?"
  • (Colin Blakely) "How can you say it's a figment of my imagination when for years you've been saying I have no imagination whatsoever?"

Christopher Lee as Mycroft Holmes

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