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Old February 29 2012, 05:23 PM   #80
Greg Cox
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Re: Lucy Liu cast as Watson in CBS' Sherlock Holmes show

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And like I said, I'm surprised it took so long for someone to have the idea of updating Holmes as a modern character.
A minor correction, Christopher. The Arthur Wontner films and the later Basil Rathbone films were set in the then-present day. We think of them now as period pieces now because it's no longer the 1930s and 1940s, but at the time those films portrayed Holmes and Watson as contemporary, not Victorian, characters, and the audiences of the time would have seen them as modern portrayals.
Christopher actually mentioned the Rathbone films near the end of his post. And indeed, all but the first two Rathbone films were "modern-day" updates set in the 1940s, although this is more obvious in some of the films than others. A murder at a remote English estate tends to look and feel the same regardless of what era it's set in . . . .

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