VIDEO: Top 10 Sherlock Holmes Short Stories

Your host Full of Questions lists her favorite Sherlock Holmes short stories from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with almost no spoilers! …At least, no spoilers that someone not living under a rock wouldn’t know. But what will Sursum Ursa think of this?

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  • Sofie Liv

    huh, lacked the hound of Baskerville didn’t you? I thought that one was arguable one of the most popular Holmes stories out there only rivalled by the final problem.

    Awsome count-down!
    Only Beef I have with the final problem/ The empty house, don’t get me wrong I am so very glad that Conan Doyle wrote more stories (all though arguable he could just have sat the time before the final problem.) Is that Doyle was right, he did set up the only natural end for Holmes, the only perfect end for such a character whom lifes for the adventure and for his cases, to die a heroic death protecting his friend, That is how Holmes would want to go out as he abhore any-thing dull or any-thing in a standstill, he would want to go out big and in his prime. That should have been the end, couldn’t have been better.. What did Holmes get instead thanks to the public.. He eventually retired to become a bee breeder.

    Holmes ended his days as a bee breeder on the country side. That’s just Conan going. “Well, you didn’t want my perfect created death for the time-less legend so here you go, stupid public.” But oh well, it also amuses me, and gave the ground basis for several awesome TV interpretations, there is some-thing very big about a man apparently dying to safe his friend, Holmes didn’t know he would survive, in all good interpretation he could might as well have died, which leaves a great impact.
    And if you do the real good interpretation, he is hunted down and cornered by a mind as great as his own. Holmes the one whom always hunted and exposed, now the one hunted, and at last trapped in a corner with no-where to hide, the last free choice he had was sending Watson away so Watson could be out of harms danger.. scary stuff.

    Man I really need to start working some more on these Holmes videos so I can include you.. and other boothers.. I just got sooo much stuff to do, I wish I could do all of it all at ones, I really do D:

    Btw, you can write a Holmes cross-over yourself should you feel like it, Sursum Ursa has been in the process of writing one herself for a while 😉

    • Fish Eye no Miko

      “lacked the hound of Baskerville didn’t you?”

      She was doing short stories, “Hound” is a full length novel.

      • Sofie Liv

         ah, yeah that’s right, my mistake.

    • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

      The Batman-Holmes episode of Brave and the Bold would be a good one to recap, with Mendo as Gentleman Ghost and Questions as Batman!  😀

  • Fish Eye no Miko

    Yeah, I’m honestly getting a little tired of Moriarty showing up in EVERY adaptation.  I find some of the villains from the other stories you mentioned (and one runner up)–like Mr. Rucastle from “Copper Beeches”, Dr. Roylott from “Speckled Band”, and Charles Augustus Milverton from the the story that bears his name–much more interesting.

    But anyway…  I really liked this list.  You know, I’m not sure I’ve read “The Illustrious Client”; I should get around to that.  Aside from that, three of my fave stories were on this list; “The Copper Beeches”, “The Speckled Band”, and “Devil’s Foot”. I also like “The Solitary Cyclist” (Carruthers is another really loathsome villain) and “The Blue Carbuncle”.

    I love how you used music from various Holmes adaptations,  I only recognized a few, but it was still fun.  (-:

    • FullofQuestions1

      The sources from which I used music, in order: 
      – Lieder ohne Worte by Mendelssohn (Holmes was described once as playing it)
      – A 1955 radio broadcast of The Empty House
      – A 1954 TV series titled “Sherlock Holmes” 
      – Sherlock Hound
      – The Basil Rathbone film called “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”
      – The 2009 movie, a Russian adaptation called “Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson”
      – Young Sherlock Holmes 
      – The Basil Rathbone movie called “The Woman In Green”
      – Sherlock
      – The Granada series
      – Melodie Op. 42 No. 3 (used as a theme in the Frogwares games)

      • Fish Eye no Miko

        Oh, thanks!  I recognized “Young Sherlock Holmes”, “Sherlock” and the Granada theme.

        Oh, crud, I need to watch the Russian version.  I hear it quite good.

        • FullofQuestions1

          It is! You can find quite a few of the Russian ones on Youtube. Most of the versions I’ve found don’t have subtitles though.

          • Fish Eye no Miko

            Aw, dang.  I took Russian in college, but I think I’d get lost very quickly…  (-:

          • FullofQuestions1

            Ты учил Русский? Очень интересно. Чего-то запомнил?

            I realize I’m making an assumption about your gender and age here. If you are not male/ significantly older than me, I apologize.

          • Sofie Liv

            Ja nu viser alle sig bare med deres sprog kundskaber, FullAfSpørgsmål, helt ærligt.

          • FullofQuestions1

            Something about language skills? I put it through Babelfish.

          • Sofie Liv

             You do realise those translater programmes never ever worked probably, also because the mere grammar in our languet are different, right? 

            I was just saying you were showing off with all of your fancy languet capabilities. Because clearly, I would never do that.

          • FullofQuestions1

            No, Sofie, I have been living under a rock and not realized that. 😛

            By the way, I said, “You studied Russian? Very interesting. Do you remember any?”

          • Fish Eye no Miko

            Yeah, see, I could probably pronounce those words with effort, but I don’t know what that means.

            I’m female (“miko” is Japanese for priestess).  I’m 42, so I probably am significantly older than you. 

            Oh, I saw your comment down below.  No, I don’t really remember any.  It’s been over 10 years since I graduated college.

          • FullofQuestions1

            Hehe awkward. If you couldn’t tell, I used the masculine inflection and informal address. My mistake.

      • Impressive, most impressive.  I managed to recognize about half of those. 🙂

        And of course some people remember the first video – that was the reason I came looking for more Holmes from Full of Questions!

  • MichaelANovelli

    My favorite was always “The Five Orange Pips”, even though it was in no way connected to reality…

    • Kids today!

       It’s a rare semi-defeat for Holmes though, with his client dying the way he did.

  • Dennis Fischer

    Obviously, the best Holmes resides in the Conan Doyle canon, but there have been a number of superior Holmes pastiches through the years.  What do you think of them?

    Also, I would love to hear you give your thoughts someone on Jane Tennison, the lead character of the Prime Suspect series.

    Nice to hear from a fellow bibliophile!

    • FullofQuestions1

      There are so many that I can’t pretend to have seen/read them all.

      Young Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Hound (does that count as a pastiche or an adaptation?), and The Great Mouse Detective are wonderful. I have my own problems with The Seven Percent Solution, and I’ll definitely bring them up when Sofie, Ursa, and I review the movies. These are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Oh, the neverending material!

      We won’t be doing a “Holmes review” of House, but I may do my own take on it at some point. Key word being “some point”- I still need to watch a season and a half of it because I gave up around the time Masters showed up. I found her to be an annoying version of Cameron to top off all the other problems the show had developed. I have seen the last episode though.

      Bibliophile high five! Or should we hit our books together?

      • Dennis Fischer

        As someone no doubt once observed, “A House is not a Holmes,” even if House does live at 223B Baker St, ignores social protocol, has an addiction, and consults with a Dr. Wilson. I enjoyed the first few seasons of HOUSE, but really started to lose interest after the suicide of Kal Penn and Gregory House going to the Sanitarium.

        As far as Holmes tribute movies go, don’t overlook THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS. There’s also the H.F. Heard series about Mycroft, whom it is hinted is Holmes in retirement, the first book of which was adapted as THE DEADLY BEES, though scripter Robert Bloch complained that director Freddie Francis decided to rewriter the script as he was shooting.

        • Fish Eye no Miko

          “There’s also the H.F. Heard series about Mycroft, whom it is hinted is Holmes in retirement,”

          The first book (there’s more?) is called “A Taste For Honey”.  I recently got it off Amazon, but I’ve not read it yet.  And, yeah, the film changes a few key things.  For one thing, the killer in the movie is the Holmes character in the book.

          • FullofQuestions1

            The other book I recently remembered that’s really good: The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Nighttime.

  • Muthsarah

    What do you mean “not in that way”?  You’re not into forty-something, OCD coke fiends?  I never woulda figured you for someone so narrow-minded.  I weep for you.

    Neville Sinclair?  What an…intriguing name.  Can’t help thinking of The Rocketeer.

    And we all know Sherlock Holmes survived that confrontation with Moriarty.  I saw a movie where he defeated the Nazis.

    • FullofQuestions1

      First off, the Granada series earned Jeremy Brett a pretty substantial following. There is also an inexplicably large amount of raunchy fanfics on the internet. I don’t get it either.

      It’s actually Neville St. Clair. Not as much fun, but pretty close.

      • Muthsarah

        You don’t?  Well, at your age, that may not be a bad thing.  Keep dreaming of rainbows and horses, or whatever.

        • FullofQuestions1

          Or hot chicks. Same difference.
          There, it’s out in the open.

  • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

    now I’m really curious who on Agony Booth Sursum is going to cast as Batman.  Since now we have Questions in a role (although putting her in a blue trenchcoat, fedora, orange socks…) also seems appropriate.  

    • Kids today!

       Renegado. Why, I don’t know.

      • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

        Renegado is Mexican.  Joey is too young but from the right area…Mendo is too manly to associate with little boys…Cecil is too Superman to lower down to Batman’s level…hmmm…

  • Clifford Tunnell

    Hmm. I’m really not sure who would say their favorite Holmes novel WASN’T Hound. To each their own, I suppose.

    Anyway, I never really liked Valley of Fear. It just struck me as Study in Scarlet Redux. Crimes in London -> Revelation that everything had its roots in America -> Conclusion. Actually, now that I type it out, that’s basically Sign of the Four as well, though at least the flashback in that one was India. 

    Excellent video though.

  • with apologies to benedict cumberpatch, robert downey jr., and pretty much all others who have played the role, Jeremy Brett is, and always will be, the one true Holmes:)…well to me anyway 🙂

    • Fish Eye no Miko

      I love Jeremy Brett’s Holmes, but I feel the same way about Holmes that I do about the Doctor from “Doctor Who”:  I don’t feel like I need to choose, I have room in my heart for all of them.

      • Sofie Liv

         Well said my friend.

    • Thomas Stockel

       Agreed!  I remember watching those Sherlock Holmes episodes on PBS with my Mom back in the day.  Brett will always be the greatest Sherlock Holmes.  I think one of the things that also impressed me about the series was how Watson was portrayed.  Up until then all the incarnations of the man were those of a bumbling idiot (I had not seen The Seven Percent Solution yet at the time).  Seeing Watson portrayed as being a brave, competent and intelligent man was refreshing.  My favorite line of his from one of the episodes when he is staring down a villain?  “I have shot far nobler creatures, sir.”

      Ah, apologies for the tangent.

      • Fish Eye no Miko

         I agree about Watson.  I think the Granada series started the rehabilitation of him from a bumbling idiot to a competent, intelligent man who had Holmes’ back, and even saved his life on a few occasions.

        • FullofQuestions1

          Granada is my favorite as well. Not only did they get the characters down, they got the feel of the time period down extremely well. 

          I love the portrayal of Watson in it. Sherlock and the RDJ movies do the snark and humor between him and Holmes better, but what I feel Granada does best is the affectionate aspect of the friendship. My preferred Watson is Hardwicke, but David Burke was wonderful as well. 

          Doyle himself saw Watson as not all that bright; in an interview, he called him a “rather stupid friend”. However, interpretation of a story really is up to a reader, and most of the Holmesian community, myself included, see him as smart but not on par with Holmes- above average but not a genius.

          • Fish Eye no Miko

             I agree that the Granada version did the Holmes/Watson relationship better than most versions have done.  I really wish the BBC version would work on making them feel like friends, which isn’t always the case…

            You’re right about interpretation.  This is especially true for ACD’s works; he pretty much outright said, “do whatever you want with them.” (-:

          • Sofie Liv

            Really? I thought that was what the new BBC show excells is focusing on their close relationship.

            We see them question each other, we see them protecting each other, we see them laughing together, with see them being angry at each other, we see John beat the snot out of Sherlock…

            We saw John being the one thing all of a sudden actually grounding Sherlock, being the one able to say. “Sherlock, that is rude.” and while Sherlock would certainly be annoyed, he would not be genuinly angry with John for it, and we saw Sherlock liberate John so John wasn’t any longer tied down by what he came from.

            The BBC show is really show-casing a very complex relationship between two very different men. The biggest difference here is that Sherlock younger, and acts far younger than in any other interpretation I could come up with, Older sherlock would not act as this one does.
            How-ever, now Sherlock has been through his big character definining story arch, my guess will be his character will have matured when he comes back, and thus there will be room for a more relaxed mature freind-ship, like the one in the Granadas series. The BBC show really has been so far driving on how young Sherlock are and how John slowly figures him out.

            But all in all, While Granada is all about being as faith-full as possible, the new BBC show is an tribute and interpretation taking a lot of liberties, but stands out as its own exceptional show in its own right, that’s just mu thoughts on the matter.

  • Thomas Stockel

    A great video, a lot of fun to watch. 🙂

  • Torgeaux

    I vividly remember the summer I read the “Hound of the Baskervilles.”  As with many of you, the first you read is still your favorite.  I have yet to see any movie or TV adaption that beats the 1939 version directed by Sidney Lanfield.  For me Basil Rathbone will always remain the embodiment of Holmes and Nigel Bruce the embodiment of Watson.

    • Red Cardinal

       I was never keen on the Rathbone/Bruce films; mainly because Watson is protrayed as a comedy buffoon 🙁

      I think the Hammer Hound film is good and Robert Stephens’s Holmes is execellent in “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”.

      Jeremy Brett was very good too.

  • Fantasy Mission Force

    I’ve got a question: You’re hot.

  •  Dear FoQ: Let me start by removing that asshole comment just below me from the number one spot. I mean, come on, mod, wake up!

    I’ve just got through the archive trawl of your AB submissions in the last few days. Allow me to complement me on your work. I find your videos to be succinct, entertaining, personal, and cogent. I’m a little taken aback by your apparent age – you’ve mentioned fairly recently that you’ve taken SATs, for example, so you’re quite young, relatively speaking.
    But you manage to address all the important points that a mystery or thriller film should include; plot consistency, entertainment value, artistic and production factors…
    Seriously, no wonder you’re on such a famous site.

    The one video that REALLY got my attention was ‘Holes’. I’d never heard of this film – I’m on the wrong continent, and of the wrong age group – but hot DAMN do I want to see this thing now, and read the book.

    Thanks for all your hard work, and good luck with all your future endeavours. I look forward to whatever you do next. And I hope you manage to avoid the buttheads that have plagued eg Lindsay Ellis.

    •  Wait. Is there just one comment stream here? Sorry, I thought there’d be a separate one under each video. It appears I have accidentally spammed the site.

      HA HA HA okay lesson learned, sorry.

      • FullofQuestions1

        It’s okay. I like having something to beef up my comments section. 🙂

    • FullofQuestions1

      I honestly don’t mind that comment below- it’s not the worst pickup line I’ve heard, and I take it as a sort of compliment.

      My age is sort of a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, I’m able to review some stuff that’s more recent, I have a slightly different perspective on quite a bit of what I review, and I avoid the majority of creepers.

      On the other hand, I have to say “no” to reviewing certain shows as they were before my time, I  can’t talk intelligently about certain time periods (like the 80s!) or experiences (like college), and I had to cut a gag from this video that involved a pipe- it turns out that I have to be eighteen to buy a pipe even if I have no intention of smoking.

      Thank you so much for your kind words on my videos; anything like this means a lot. It made me so happy to come across this comment!Yes, you definitely should give Holes a try. I was amazed at how well both the book and movie held up, and even people I know who hate Shia Labouef and/or live action Disney movies like the movie to some extent.

  • Oh wait, do you have a FB or Twitter account that you use for professional matters? I’d like to get announcements of your posts, if possible.
    I know more than a few people doing this kind of work seperate their personal and professional accounts, and if you haven’t made that decision yet, I’d recommend it. You know. Because of creepers.

    • FullofQuestions1

      I may set up a Twitter account at some point if I feel that it’ll attract enough followers.

      • Kids today!

         I thought this site’s Twitter feed does that as well? I may be wrong though.

  • Thank you, Ms Questions – or may I call you Full Of? No, that would be forward.

    I grew up with the great myth of Sherlock Holmes too, and I first read them when I was twelve. I’d just been given the big fat complete omnibus for Christmas, and I hated family holidays (only an idiot would want to drive around for days and look at things when there were books available). So, Sherlock Holmes it was!

    And damn, did I love those stories.
    As I got older, I somehow learned to hate them. I thought they were contrived and stupid. Well, I made a lot of bad decisions in my teens.

    So, between you and Sursum Ursa and the wonderful Moffat-helmed series, I’ve decided to go back and rediscover these adventures, as an adult. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

    PS: MODERATOR! HEY! MODERATOR! WAKE UP!

    •  Oh, sorry, PS:
      Intrigued by the tease of you working with Sursum Ursa. Neither of you could possibly create enough content to sate the need for intelligent discourse on the web.

    • FullofQuestions1

      You can call me Twitchy if you like. I may eventually go by my real name- I don’t want to at the moment, because I am in the process of applying to college and don’t want my videos to be the first thing admissions people find when they Google me.

      I also came across them at the age of twelve, but they somehow held up for me. Okay, not ALL of them held up for me, but I like them for what they are.