1975 / Director. Gene Wilder.
After writing and staring in Mel Brookes' Young Frankenstein Gene Wilder used his next film as a directing vehicle. THE ADVENTURE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES' SMARTER BROTHER is a companion film of sorts, with a famous character form literature being parodied via access of a related character (i.e. Frankenstein's great grandson... Sherlock's younger brother). Wilder stars as Sigerson Holmes and jealous sibling of the world renowned Sherlock. As with Young Frankenstein, there is great attention to detail and knowledge of the source material. Wilder obviously invested time researching the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle and he has put together a caper that very much bares the essence of Doyle's work. He has also assembled a wonderful cast with familiar faces. Medeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Roy Kinnear and Leo McKern. They're all fabulous. Its impossible to not fall in love with Madeline Kahn whenever she's on screen. Not only is she gorgeous but her flare for comedy is unmistakable. She gelled with Wilder as naturally as she did with Brookes. Where the movie is let down, however, is in the complexity of the story. Wilder tried to get too clever with the intricacies and in turn allowed too many gags to fall flat. When you watch the film for the first time there are several moments of hilarity and a whole lot of mediocrity... but with repeat viewings the subtleties begin to grow and Wilder's shrewdness and attention to detail becomes a lot more obvious. It does over stay it's welcome by about 15 minutes but it is nevertheless an underrated and delightful film. Definitely see this movie if you haven't already, if even just for the kangaroo-hop scene and Dom DeLuise biting Leo McKern's big nose. Hilarious! Some other nice touches include fleeting cameos from Mel Brookes and Albert Finney as well as the casting of Douglas Wilmer and Thorley Walters who play Sherlock and Watson respectively. Both actors are best known for these roles in other official Sherlock films and television. They don't really make them like this anymore.