July 7th, 2013: They Might Be Giants (1971)

They Might Be Giants

Cast and Crew: James Goldman (Play/Screenplay); Paul Newman (Producer); John Barry (Score); Jack Gilford, Al Lewis, Rue McClanahan, Eugene Roche, F. Murray Abraham, M. Emmet Walsh

What It’s About: Justin Playfair (George C. Scott) thinks he’s Sherlock Holmes. When his brother (Lester Rawlins) tries to institutionalize Playfair to gain control of Justin’s estate and pay off a crook (James Tolkan), he runs into an obstacle: Dr. Mildred Watson (Joanne Woodward), who not only refuses to do the bidding of her boss, Dr. Strauss (Ron Weyland), but ends up accompanying Playfair/Holmes while he attempts to solve the riddle of the blackmail note he found so that he might foil Dr. Moriarty.

Why Watch it Today?: Today is the birthday of Dr. Watson. They Might Be Giants is a very different take on the Holmes story, mixing it with Don Quixote and some late 60s/early 70s rebelliousness. You can read our review here.

Other Choices: Without a Clue, The Hound of the Baskervilles

2 comments on “July 7th, 2013: They Might Be Giants (1971)

  1. I just watched “They Might Be Giants” on Netflix, and adored it!

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