Cinema: Elementary Work

THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION

Directed by HERBERT ROSS

Screenplay by NICHOLAS MEYER

Something is much amiss here, and Sherlock Holmes should be just the man to put it right. Unfortunately, Holmes may be on hand in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, but he is not fully present. He appears quite prominently—gamely played by Nicol Williamson—but the spirit of the master sleuth is nowhere to be found. Instead of pursuing his customary invigorating adventures, Holmes becomes enmeshed in a slack, sorry matter involving anti-Semites, a pasha, an abducted actress, a train race and Dr. Sigmund Freud.

All of this was pretty good fun, at least for a while,...

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