Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Whodunit  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Fans of the world's most famous detective will have varying reactions to Sherlock Holmes in New York. Indeed, any film that introduces new actors to the Holmes canon has to deal with its viewers' sometimes-rabid preconceived ideas about how the leading characters are to be played. In New York, many will find Roger Moore a bit too young and perhaps a bit too wan as the clever mastermind of deduction; however, most will probably find his take on Holmes a bit refreshing, if not groundbreaking. Moore is not a Holmes for the ages, but he brings a certain roguish charm to the character that is interesting. Patrick Macnee manages the difficult task of making Watson both intelligent and a bumbler, and does so with a nice tongue planted a bit in cheek. And John Huston has a delightful time hamming things up as Moriarty. For some Holmes devotees, the cast may be fine but the screenplay may pose some problems: the gold exchange solution is too easy, Moriarty is not credibly delineated as a criminal genius, and the relationship between Holmes and Irene Adler may be a bit too out of character. But for those willing to go along with the filmmakers, New York is an enjoyable little mystery with a look into a different side of Holmes that is not unrewarding.