Sunday, 24 February 2013

"They Might Be Giants" - Sherlock and a female Watson but not Lucy Liu!

Back in 1971 a little gem of a film was released with very little acclaim, They Might Be Giants.  It must have struck a chord with the 80's alternative band of the same name.
Set in present day New York City, the plot concerned a deranged "Sherlock Holmes" (George C. Scott) and his sidekick, Dr Mildred Watson (Joanne Woodard was actually his psychiatrist).
Fast forward to 2012 - the hit TV series Elementary.

Ring any bells?

A manic Sherlock Holmes.....TICK
A caring female doctor sidekick with unresolved sexual tension in plot.....TICK
Set in present day N.Y.C. .....TICK

Stephen King wrote in Danse Macabre that there are basically only seven stories in writing. Interesting idea.

They Might Be Giants hasn't been on free-to-air television in Australia for decades. You can catch it (in 9X10 minute parts) on Youtube. Great supporting cast: Jack Gilford, Rue McClanahan, Al Lewis (remember The Munsters), F. Murray Abraham. Written by James Goldman. John Barry's rich score is particularly poignant.

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