A Study in Sherlock: Holmes and Watson, Moriarity and Adler:
8 Actors Portraying 8 Very Different Sherlock Holmes
Kurt Stone
Recipient of the LLS 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award

COURSE DESCRIPTION: From the moment Arthur Conan Doyle published A Study in Scarlet in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has been the world's favorite detective . . . both for readers and actors alike. Holmes and his loyal sidekick, Dr. John H. Watson, appeared in 4 novels, 56 short stories and far, far too many plays, films, radio plays and television shows than one can count. Over the years, an unbelievable 96 different actors have portrayed the brilliantly erratic Holmes. They range from the dandified John Barrymore and oh-so-British Clive Brook to the leonine Raymond Massey and of course, Basil Rathbone. Then again, the world's greatest detective has also been portrayed by the likes of Charlton Heston, Peter O'Toole, George C. Scott and most recently, Robert Downey, Jr. The challenge for each actor of course, is to bring his own interpretation of the detective to life. As such, Sherlock Holmes is never quite the same detective. This lecture series will feature eight Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Watson films starring eight different actors. Hopefully, we will get to see the many faces and facets of one of literature's all-time greats . . . and have a great time in the process!
1. Sherlock Holmes (1922): Starring John Barrymore in what he always claimed was his favorite role.
2. Sherlock Holmes (1932): Starring Clive Brook; Holmes is looking to get married but Prof. Moriarity has other plans.
3. The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935): Starring Arthur Wontner; perhaps the most authentic of all Holmeses.
4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939): Starring Basil Rathbone; Holmes' best-known portrayer.
5. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970): Starring Robert Stevens; Billy Wilder meets Arthur Conan Doyle!
6. The Seven Percent Solution (1980): Starring Nicol Williamson; Convinced that he is delusional, Watson takes Holmes to see Sigmund Freud.
7. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988):  Starring Jeremy Brett; Dr. Stone's favorite Holmes.
8. Sherlock Holmes (2009): Starring Robert Downey, Jr.; Holmes and Watson battle a nemesis who threatens all England.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Now in his 16th year with the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS), Dr. Kurt F. Stone is an author, essayist, political activist, actor and ordained rabbi. He calls himself a “Hollywood Brat,” having been born and raised in and around the film industry, and calls his love and knowledge of film “a genetic inheritance.” Dr. Stone is the author of two books on the U.S. Congress and for the past decade has written more than 500 Op-Ed pieces for his on-line blog. He is currently working on a new book about the history of Hollywood, entitled In the Land of Mink-Lined Pools.

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member