The Sherlock Holmes Society of London

Film Evening - Looks Unfamiliar!

The Society’s 2009 Film Evening will be held on Thursday 26th November 2009 at Baden-Powell House, 65-67 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5JS, on the corner with the Cromwell Road. The nearest Underground stations are South Kensington and Gloucester Road on the District and Circle Lines. There is plenty of parking in Queen’s Gate, which is metered to 6.30pm. Don’t forget you may have to pay the congestion charge.

Members and their guests may opt to attend the film presentation only at £12.50, or to join us for buffet refreshments beforehand at a cost of £26.50 per head. Happily, Baden Powell House have been able to hold prices this year. There will be a cash bar. A light finger buffet will be served from 6.15pm in the Assembly Hall on the ground floor. We will start the film presentation at 7.15pm.

Our host Matthew J. Elliott makes a welcome return. He is a scriptwriter well known for the US radio series “The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”. Matthew provided the adaptations of The Yellow Face and The Three Students for the Society. With a new interpretation of the Holmes stories about to burst onto cinema screens worldwide, the title of this year's event is, appropriately, “Looks Unfamiliar” - unseen material from a source with which we're well acquainted, or productions never screened in the UK.

We begin with two lengthy deleted sequences from Billy Wilder's classic The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. The Curious Case of the Upside-Down Room and The Dreadful Business of the Naked Honeymooners were long thought lost for good, and have been painstakingly reconstructed. A treat not to be missed! Next, we're extremely grateful to Society Member Akiko Sato for providing us with more examples of Holmes-themed Japanese animation, Astro Boy and Princess Anmitsu, as well as an anthology specially produced for this event. The evening concludes with something none of us imagined we'd ever see – Rathbone and Bruce in colour! The process of colourisation has improved over the years to such an extent that we're able to bring you the famous duo's final film Dressed to Kill, looking as though it had really been made in colour. The evening should finish around 10.15pm.

Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Thursday 19th November.

Anyone attending a Society function for the first time should bring along and display their yellow cards of introduction, so that we can identify them and introduce them to our members. They should also note that applications are not normally acknowledged nor are tickets sent. We look forward to seeing everyone on the night. If an acknowledgement is required, please provide an e-mail address or stamped, addressed envelope with your application. Dress is smart casual.

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