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The definition of a poor camera angle by GoodOldBaz The definition of a poor camera angle by GoodOldBaz
I've been wanting to do something with this screen still for some time, then the idea came, and I had to do it! :D

Please tell me what you think!

Oh, and if you are having trouble seeing what's the matter here, look at the way Holmes and Watson are sitting. What first comes to your mind? ;P
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RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
The photo is from the film "Pursuit to Algiers" (which was the final film of the Rathbone-Bruce series (in 1946 I believe).  It is on board a ship called the "Friesland" headed to Algiers, and Rathbone is guarding a young King from assassins on board the ship.  In this scene he and Bruce are in the ship's salon, and it is the last night of the voyage.  Hence the party hat on Nigel Bruce's head.  Bruce is seated in a comfortable lounge chair, and Rathbone is momentarily sitting on the chair's arm, so that explains the odd look of their positions.  In the back are two men (one is character actor John Abbott) who are discussing some project that they are hush-hush about.  The man leaving the bar is a steward.  The story was really unique in the series.  Other films were based more or less on actual stories in the 56 short stories and four novels of the Holmes' saga.  This one really was not.  Instead it is based on a reference in one of the stories to one of the myriad of untold Holmes-Watson adventures the Doctor never wrote down.  This was of "the shocking affair of the steamer "Friesland" which so nearly cost us our lives".  Aside from that reference that only constant perusal of the stories would dredge up nothing in the film was from any of the stories.  Still it was a decent film.  Interestingly the screenplay writers made a kind of joke by having Bruce regale the cast at the dinner party with one of the other unwritten stories - about the "giant rat of Sumatra" - and let us hear two portions of that fictitious Holmes tale (about Holmes and Watson searching a pier, and about how the rat was destroyed on board a ship sunk at sea) without telling us what the rest of the story was!
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I know. It's actually possibly my very favorite Rathbone/Holmes film, although I really love The Spider Woman as well. this's just supposed to be a silly joke cause it looks like Holmes is sitting on Watsons lap, even though he actually isnt :)
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Cygnicantus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is like, one of the funniest pictures that I've ever seen of them. :rofl: Can I post it on tumblr, giving credit to you??
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heehee, thanks!
Sure you can! link me to it so I can see it when you do! :D
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Cygnicantus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke schön!
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Cygnicantus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Bitte xD
What movie is this from by the way? I'm sure I didn't see that one yet. ;)
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's from Pursuit to Algiers... it's my favorite Rathbone!Holmes film. Lots of cute Holmes and Watson scenes, and lots of pretty Basil poses. :XD:
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Cygnicantus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
cool :D
I think that goes on my 'to watch'-list x'D
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes! :boogie:
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Cygnicantus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Cool ♥
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Dooodlebug3000 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I really like your sense of humor! :D
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, thanks!
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sadielizyy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my lanta X"D Homles is like "i don't always sit on Watson's lap, but when i do it's really awkward looking...and in public"
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahahaha! I think the best part of putting up this picture is the amusing captions everyone is giving me! that is hilarious!
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sadielizyy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ikr? X"D i could see Sherlock kinda drunk one day and just like "imma mess with Watson" then randomly sits on his lap...poor Watty X"D
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I've never really thought much of Holmes drunk before - but what I have though, gives me the idea he'd be an angry drunk... :shrug:

but your idea is really funny! :giggle: Poor Watty indeed!
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sadielizyy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i actually couldn't see him being an angry drunk unless he was drunk and something happened, then his temper would be shorter. i think if he was drunk he would be more prone to doing things he would not do in a sober mind, like mess with people for fun but also be more prone to being emotional which does include anger ^^ but also depression and any other emotion he would normally hide
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know, like you said, it would depend on why he was drunk. Guess he'd just be a really hyperactive drunk.

Actually, I can't really see him getting drunk period. :shrug:
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sadielizyy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
actually in the canon novels both Holmes and Watson drink ^^
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
y'know, I was kinda thinking, when I said "angry drunk" I think was definitely leaning towards Rathbone's Holmes in my head. Brett's would be silly, like you said. I'm not sure about the others. like I said, can't really see him letting himself go that much. :shrug: just said that to clarify. :D
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh I know! (actually, me and my sister kid about how they're like "brandy! brandy is the cure for everything!" all the time. somebody faints, "give them brandy" somebody shakes "give them brandy! :XD: ) I just mean I doubt he'd let himself go that much, not unless something really, really bad happened. meh... :shrug: doesn't really matter at all. It's just an idea.
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bookbrink Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, I was too spacey to see the joke at first :I
I was looking at the guy with the moon-hat.
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha! yes, the hat is funny. They were at a party, so... :)
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LaughingBanana Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Sherlock: Your lap is comfterble, honey.
Watson: WhatIsThisIDontEven :iconwthplz:
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahahaha! You're funny!
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Abstract321 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha! I like how Holmes's countenance is so casual. "Yes I'm sitting on his lap. It's normal, is it not?"
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahaha! I do think their faces make it all the more hilarious!
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MrsHorowietzky Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
....
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MOHAHAHAHAHARHAR !!!
This is actually one of the funniest screenshots I have ever seen. It doesn't happen often that I burst into laughter in front of the computer screen, but this... is too hilarious!!
I didn't get it at once, but after reading your description I realised it looks like Holmes is sitting on Watson's lap. :rofl: You ain't mistaken, this is indeed the definition of a poor camera angle. XDDD But what makes this even funnier are their expression, especially Holmes' "Why, yes, I am very comfortable here, that's how I always sit when the atmosphere gets more informal, but thank you for asking." -- hey,wait, party, right. This explains everything. One cocktail too many.

Oh my, I'm still snickering stupidly.
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mahahahahahaha! :rofl: You are so funny! that little quote you did, gosh so perfect! And "one cocktail to many" you are so brilliant! :giggle:

But really, even though Holmes is not actually sitting on Watson's lap, it is still a really awkward position. Sometimes I wonder who decided to do that, you know? Was it Rathbone or Bruce, or was it the director - were they goofing around and decided to keep the position, or did none of them really realize how awkward it is to have two grown men sit like that, even if they are best buds. :XD: sigh... I dunno!
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MrsHorowietzky Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: Why, thank you for this magnificent compliment! I am happy this little product of my overactive imagination made you laugh!!
Seriously, I tend to believe they did not realise it. Or realised it only after being done with filming and then it was too late to turn a new shot.... :iconwatsonfacepalmplz: XDDDDDD
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno, I've heard that Basil and Nigel were quite funny characters on set! Did you here the story about when ACD's son came to watch them film and they mussed up all their lines on purpose? They said silly things just to make him freak out. and then, at the end of a take, Nigel leaned down and kissed Basil on the forehead, and they called each other "Holmsie dear" and "Wattie boy" through the entire take! :rofl: And ACD's son thought they were serious, and asked if perhaps the kiss on the forehead could be taken out of the final cut. :XD: SO FUNNY!
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MrsHorowietzky Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You made me giggle on the outside and laugh out loud hysterically on the inside. This gets better and better. :rofl: Thank you, dear!
Oh my gosh, they sound like two absolutely wonderful hilarious chaps! 'Holmsie dear', 'Wattie boy' -- PLEASE do tell me they published this clip somewhere on YouTube... But I doubt it. Ah, poor man, he must have thought they have gone bonkers. XDDDDD I WANT TO SEE THIS !!! *waah*
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
unfortunately, I do not think it was kept. heavens I wish it was! I would give A LOT to see Nigel Bruce kiss Basil Rathbone on the forehead! :tighthug: glad I could make you laugh!!!
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Moreuse Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice. now... what on earth is on Watson's head?
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha! it's a party hat! :D
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Moreuse Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it looks almost like a crystal on his head.
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it so dose! :XD:
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Moreuse Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe. paper party hat.
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yep!
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Moreuse Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome.
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rileysun20 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
LOL and Watson's face makes it that much funnier XD Yes, that is a terrible camera angle. :laughing:
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right!? I love that still, it's always good for a laugh!
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kara-li Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
maw so adorable those two!
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes indeed! :giggle:
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kara-li Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gotta love holmes and watson.
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, especially these two! they are such cuties!
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kara-li Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
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Hitman-2020 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Good show old boy!
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, aren't they darlings? :giggle:
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