Movie Review: THE ELIGIBLE BACHELOR… The best SHERLOCK HOLMES Film?!

This article/review Copyright 2011-2012 Masai Inc.

THE ELIGIBLE BACHELOR was the fifth and last of the feature length Sherlock Holmes’ movies, produced by Granada Television and WGBH Boston, starring the great Jeremy Brett and the talented Edward Hardwicke it is also seen as the capper to the third series of Sherlock Holmes, “The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes” (Not quite correct since the source story is actually part of Doyle’s 1st short story collection, THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES).

While I intend to do an overview of the entire venerated and venerable series in an upcoming installment, for this post I wanted to cover this specific episode, that left quite an impression on me, THE ELIGIBLE BACHELOR.

Available either in boxed set containing all the Jeremy Brett episodes, not the cheapest thing on the planet but considering it is the complete collection, over 2500 minutes of (without argument from me) the finest film interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, and comes with commentaries and booklet it is HIGHLY recommended (Make sure you are buying from a reputable seller, as there are low quality copies out there without commentaries or booklet). Or if you just want the ELIGIBLE BACHELOR DVD, there’s a link for that as well.

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Enough schilling, now onto the review:

At the time of THE ELIGIBLE BACHELOR’s filming, Early 1993 (It would air Feb 1993 in England and a year later, Feb 1994 in the States), Jeremy Brett had been playing, masterfully, the role of Sherlock Holmes for over Nine years. And would produce only 6 more Sherlock Holmes episodes, and two non-Holmes feature films prior to his death a scant two years later on 12 September 1995 at the age of 61.

Cause of death has been listed as iatrogenic congestive cardiac failure, which is a fancy way of saying medical incompetence. The medicine Brett was being given to treat his supposed Bi-polar disorder wreaked havoc with his, from a childhood sickness, already weakened heart. Though to be fair, no doubt Brett’s heavy smoking habit had no small part in his untimely demise.

What is unquestionable is that Brett’s appearance and the state of his health would take a quite noticeable and quite drastic turn for the worse in 1994, and is clearly seen in these last shows he left us. But like the driven, consummate professional he was, he soldiered on, to the last. Bringing, to the very end, a dedication that is only to be admired and marveled at.

But if one must pick an episode of Sherlock Holmes and a performance of Jeremy Brett from this latter period to hold up as great, as perfect denouement for a career and character… it would be the haunting and haunted ELIGIBLE BACHELOR.

This episode is selected for various reasons, the foremost being….

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