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Many people know that Sherlock Holmes was an enigmatic detective who, with his companion Dr. Watson, pursued criminals through Victorian and Edwardian England. What, perhaps, they don't know is that he investigated 60 fully documented cases, including 37 murders; that 46 of those cases began in his offices at 221B Baker Street; that only three of them involved his nemesis Moriarty; and that in his later years Holmes spent his time beekeeping on the Sussex Downs. Biographic: Sherlock presents an investigative guide to his life and work, with an array of clues and observations converted into infographics to reveal the detective behind the detection.
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Film historian Leonard Maltin has defined the character actors who appeared in films of the 30s and 40s as “Hollywood’s Real Stars.” Roy William Neill, who directed nearly all of the Sherlock Holmes mystery-adventures of the 1940s that starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, had, as was the case with directors John Ford and Preston Sturges, a repertory company of character actors and actresses whom he liked to use. This book is a tribute to those 68 men and women whose names appeared in small print below the stars, and who graced hundreds of films with their diversified performances. More often than not these films, be they star-studded spectacles or poverty row quickies, would be that much the better for their presence. "Michael A Hoey, whose father Dennis was the unforgettable Lestrade to Rathbone’s Holmes, takes a different and equally interesting approach in Sherlock Holmes & the Fabulous Faces: The Universal Pictures Repertory Company. His personal acquaintance with many of the artistes who contributed to these and other Universal productions gives his biographical sketches an unusually engaging immediacy. It’s fascinating to follow the careers of actors such as Reginald Denny, Mary Gordon, Olaf Hytten and Frederick Worlock. The critical summaries of the films themselves are perceptive, pertinent and equally engrossing. Michael Hoey has given us a book that’s both important and entertaining." - Newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London “How fitting that the son of Dennis Hoey, who portrayed Inspector Lestrade in the twelve Universal Sherlock Holmes films of the 1940s, should write a book paying tribute to the character actors and supporting players who comprised the series (and studio’s) informal repertory company. This is a most welcome volume.” - Leonard Maltin
Sherlock Holmes is an iconic figure within cultural narratives. More recently, Conan Doyle has also appeared as a fictional figure in contemporary novels and films, confusing the boundaries between fiction and reality. This collection investigates how Holmes and Doyle have gripped the public imagination to become central figures of modernity.

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