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William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes at the Lyceum, 1901. This is the actor who invented our visual perception of Holmes with a deerstalker and calabash pipe.

Sherlock Holmes meets Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: 'Elementary, My Dear Watson' Never in any story of the 60 Sherlock Holmes stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle does Holmes say that complete phrase. It is first said in the 1929 film The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Pictured: Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson.