Gene Wilder plays Sherlock Holmes’ younger brother who is annoyed that he has had to live in Sherlock’s shadow for so long. When Sherlock goes to the continent, he sends a case to his brother who constantly tries with varying success, to imitate Sherlock’s deductive and observational tricks. —IMDb
Gene Wilder caught his first big break playing a small role in the off-Broadway production of Arnold Wesker’s Roots and followed quickly with his Broadway debut as the comic valet in The Complaisant Lover (both 1961), for which he won the Clement Derwent Award. His other Broadway credits included One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1963, with Kirk Douglas), The White House (1964, with Helen Hayes) and Luv (1966), but it was a 1963 Broadway production of Mother Courage and Her Children that altered the course of his life forever. In its cast was Anne Bancroft, who was dating Mel Brooks at the time, and the relationship established between the two men eventually led to Wilder’s becoming part of Brooks’ “stock company”. Wilder’s Actor’s Studio connection may have helped him land his first feature, Bonnie and Clyde (1967), in which he drew much favourable attention in a small but memorable role as a frightened young undertaker… read more
'Young Frankenstein' alumni Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn (particularly, some of her best work in this one), and Marty Feldman are joined by Dom DeLuise at his loopy best for this inspired zany comedy. Wilder proves himself to be quite a skillful writer-director, and there are a number of excellent set pieces that put it on the level of Mel Brooks/Wilder's best. A comedy classic that deserves to be better known.