A Little Sherlock Holmes Trivia and a Big Tumble

Oct 27, 2012 | 2012 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Kaska

Details on how to win a copy of The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book by Kathleen Kaska at the end of this article.

What do Leonard Nimoy, John Cleese, Roger Moore, Jeremy Brett, Robert Downey Jr., and Wishbone The Dog have in common? Along with dozens of other actors, they’ve portrayed Sherlock Holmes in movies and TV episodes based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Holmes stories.

Basil Rathbone as Holmes

Basil Rathbone, however, became one of the most recognized Sherlock Holmes actors of all time, starring in over a dozen Holmes films and radio programs. Did you know after a few years he grew impatient with fans asking him for Sherlock Holmes’ autograph rather than his own? In 1946 when his radio and film contracts had expired, he chose not to re-sign, hoping to remove the typecast image of Sherlock Holmes. But the Holmes image was difficult to shake, and later he yielded to requests to appear in character on The Bob Hope Show and The Milton Berle Show. Then, in 1950, he donned the familiar cap and cape and starred in the play Sherlock Holmes written by his wife Ouida.

Here are a few Holmes movie trivia questions?

1. Who played Sherlock Holmes in more films than any other actor?
2. Who played Holmes in the 1922 film Sherlock Holmes, produced by Goldwyn Pictures (U.S.)?
3. What was the name of the first Sherlock Holmes film produced in 1903 and displayed on Mutascope machines? Thomas Edison owned the production company called American Mutascope and Biograph Co. The production lasted thirty seconds.
4. What was the name of the Sherlock Holmes spoof filmed by 20th Century-Fox in 1975, starring Gene Wilder as Sigerson Holmes?
5. Who played Holmes in the 1933 film A Study in Scarlet? He played Dr. Watson in another Holmes film a year earlier.

For more Holmes trivia, pick up a copy of my book, The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book, just updated and reissued by LL-Publications.

Oh, one more question. In the new BBC’s series, Sherlock, the Great Detective is in really big trouble in the last episode of the 2012 season. In “The Reichenback Fall,” Holmes and Moriarty are on the rooftop of a tall building playing “the game.” The stakes are high and the result is a double suicide, or so we are led to believe. Moriarty puts a gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger. Moments later, Holmes jumps from the roof in order to save Dr. Watson’s life. But we see Holmes fall, see his mangled body on the pavement, watch as Watson takes his friend’s pulse of which there is none. We know Holmes isn’t really dead. So my question: How did he do that?

This answer, unfortunately, is not in my book. We will have to wait for the new episodes.

Check out another Sherlock Holmes related article by Kathleen right here in KRL!

To enter to win a copy of The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book, simply email KRL at life@kingsriverlife[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Sherlock”, or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 3, 2012. U.S. residents only.

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Kathleen Kaska is the author the Classic Triviography Mystery Series, which includes The Alfred Hitchcock Triviography and Quiz Book, The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book, and The Agatha Christie Triviography and Quiz Book. All three have just been reissued in by LL-Publications. Kathleen also writes the award-winning Sydney Lockhart mystery series set in the 1950s. Her first two mysteries, Murder at the Arlington and Murder at the Luther, were selected as bonus-books for the Pulpwood Queen Book Group, the largest book group in the country.
Her third Sydney Lockhart mystery will be out soon. Learn more on her website.


  1. Thanks for having my aboard, again, Lorie. I’m curious to know what your readers’ favorite Holmes movies are.

  2. I know the answer to the first question: William Gillette. In fact, he’s the one who originated Holmes’ curved pipe. During the play, he couldn’t keep a straight-stem pipe in his mouth so he used a curved-stem pipe. At least that’s the story I heard. Sign me up for the drawing, please!

  3. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher


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