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CMS: The Man Who Made Sherlock Holmes
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William Gillette didn't just play Sherlock Holmes, he became him.


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23:57 minutes (11.5 MB)
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“It is too little to say William Gillette resembled Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes looks exactly like William Gillette.” - Orson Welles

The cape. The deerskin cap. The phrase "Elementary my dear Watson." All of these were inventions of William Gillette, the eccentric Connecticut actor whose portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character would influence actors for generations to come.

We'll explore the Gillette's life and his take on Sherlock Holmes with several experts from around the state.

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