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The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975)

Although The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother is not nearly as well known as The Producers and Young Frankenstein, the two comedies that he made with Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder is really in top comedic form in his directorial debut in which he also plays the titular character. Mel Brooks regulars Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn and Dom Deluise are also present. This movie has its fair share of silly sight gags, such as Madelin Kahn’s character being offered milk and sugar for her tea and refusing it while she proceeds to take a lot of both. Wilder’s comedy is slightly less puerile than that of Brooks. Then again there is a scene of Wilder and Feldman at a posh Victorian party with them oblivious to the fact that the backs have been ripped out of their trousers. Dom Deluise is quite good as an Italian opera star who has arranged to deliver a valuable stolen document to Professor Moriarty (who has a condition that forces him to act oddly every 24 minutes) at the climax of a comically bad opera, and the sight of Marty Feldman in drag has to be seen to be believed.

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