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You look sad by GoodOldBaz You look sad by GoodOldBaz
You’re a bit like my dad…when he was dying he was always cheerful and always lovely, except when he thought no one could see. I saw him once, he looked – sad...You look sad, when you think he can’t see you.
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When I saw this picture of Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, I thought of this right away. It is so perfect for Rathbone/Holmes and Bruce/Watson. The expression on Basil's face is just - heartbreaking. I don't think Rathbone/Holmes would have lasted long at all without his Watson, and of course, neither would Cumberbatch/Sherlock.
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cjnwriter Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww. That face...it does make me think of that quote. I've only watched two of the Rathbone ones, but I've liked them so far.
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, his face is just heartbreaking!
You should watch more, they are wonderful!
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MrsHorowietzky Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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*sob*

I have to say I am not such a big fan of the Rathbone movies (sorry!!! I don't want to hurt your feelings about it, they are not bad at all, just too... 'american' for me personally :-)), so it is all the more uncommon that this image has caused me to write a comment... and you know why? Because it's utterly remarkable !!! It does show this particular trait of Holmes' personality so downright perfectly yeah... heart-wrenching.. and how much so!, and your text works flawlessly together with it! :la: :thumbsup:
Do you know from which movie this shot is? I might be inclined to watch it. ;-) :)

Ah, I don't think any incarnation of Holmes would be able to last long without his Watson! He has 'lost his well-guarded heart to him, never to be reclaimed', so to speak, somewhere during STUD and SIGN. You are absolutely right, in view of his mood swings and his 'dramatics', one feels he would break apart or go mad sooner or later without this anchor of truest, steady, loving friendship in his life. He is only a human, after all, even if he might not like it. :love:

Once again, a deeply meaningful, magnificent picture you have posted here with a most fitting description... Thank you for this!! :hug: :hug:
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
w-wow! :happycry: I had no Idea anyone would like this so much! I am so happy!

Holmes' expression here - gosh, it tore me apart. I think it might be from The Scarlet Claw (though I'm not positive) Perhaps just after he accidentally let a teenage girl die. It's a really spooky one, but I like it because there are some cute Holmes+Watson moments.

That quote he "lost his well-guarded heart to him, never to be reclaimed" where did that come from? it's beautiful, and describes Holmes feelings towards Watson PERFECTLY! Everything you write about their friendship is so lovely, and a perfect description!

I feel that yes, any Holmes would be lost without his Watson, of course, but there is always something especially poignant about that thought for me when I think about Rathbone/Holmes and Bruce/Watson. I often think about Rathbone's own life. he said he would have died (killed himself even) if he hadn't met his wife after WW1. Rathbone/Holmes and Bruce/Watson, due to their age, WOULD have fought in WW1, and it's likely Holmes would have felt the same way as Rathbone did, accept for him it was Watson, not a wife. :shrug:

Again, thank you so much for you amazingly kind comments! It means more to me then you can know! :huggle:
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MrsHorowietzky Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Please excuse my late reply!!
Um, about the quote "lost his well-guarded heart to him, never to be reclaimed", to be honest, I made it up on impulse... Just came suddenly in my mind.. so I'm very much, terribly in fact, honoured that you like it that much! :blushes: :blushes: :blushes: :blushes: Thank you!

Oh my gosh, I didn't know that about Basil Rathbone! I am very happy and relieved for him that he found a person who gave him back his zest for life -- after all I have read right now he really must have loved her very much, how wonderful! :happycry: But what happened to the poor man that depressed him to such a degree, I'd be glad if you could tell me more about it -- Was it the death of his brother in the war, maybe? :(

P.S.: And I am happy that you were happy because of my comment! :hug:
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, such an amazing quote by YOU!! :D

When Basil was in the war, he met up with his little brother John, who was also a soldier. They spent a great night together, laughing and talking and drinking good scotch whiskey. There was only one bed available, so they slept together, which they were happy for because it was cold. In the middle of the night, Basil woke up after a terrible nightmare that John had been killed in the war. John was still alive, and sleeping peacefully beside him, so he kissed him on the forehead and went back to sleep. That was the last time they saw each other, because a few days later Basil got a letter that his brother had died in battle. (this is a paraphrase of Basil's actual account) There is a quote of Basil saying he wanted to put a bullet in his head, but he decided to let the snipers do it for him, so he went on all kind of super dangerous missions so he would get killed. But he escaped the war physically unscathed. He had absolutely no purpose and intense depression until he got married and even shortly after. He was finally brought back to the joy of being alive when he was reunited with his son Rodion, and he adopted a little girl named Cynthia with Ouida.

I'd be glad to answer any questions you have about Basil Rathbone, I love him like crazy!
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MrsHorowietzky Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, once again, I'm so late! :facepalm: Sorry about that!

Um, thank you! :blushes:

What you told here about Mr. Rathbone and his brother is a very sad and touching story... Poor Basil, I think everyone can imagine what he must have gone through! Wars are such purposeless and horrible things... :no:

Speaking about Basil, I saw him in a 'David Copperfield'-filming some weeks ago... (I recognised him right away, he had such a very characteristic face!) he played David's cold-blooded adoptive father... gosh, he is such a good actor!! He was so convincing that I wished I could hit him with an huge iron bar. Ahem. Well, I think you need to see that movie if you haven't already! ;-)
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's ok about being late - all fine! :D
Yes, I have seen David Copperfield - and you are right, he is so great at that ! It's amazing! He said he didn't want to play the role, and turned it down five times. He said he couldn't imagine played someone who he detested. But then when he finally accepted the role, he said (about the director) that he could get whatever he wanted out of people, and he got cruelty out of me. He said he hated it, and after the wiping scene he took the boy who played David in his arms and cried and hugged him. Basil seems to have been such an emotional person!
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MrsHorowietzky Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwwwwwwwwwww, he really must have been a kind-hearted and emotional person! :( He seems like one of those people who one wishes one could still meet! :happycry:
That's interesting, by the way... I just noticed that I already know two Sherlock Holmes-actors now who were both extremely sensitive and openly emotional in real life, but played a withdrawn introvert..
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, you've no idea how many times I've wished to meet him if real life! No idea at all!

Yeah, wow, that is so interesting, I never thought of that! I think Basil was somewhat of an introvert in certain ways, like he rarely shared his heart with people he didn't know - I think he kinda masked his fear/sadness/hurt with being sweet and loving and kind and gentle and funny. I may be wrong, but i think I'm not. I often wish I could just give him a hug and tell him everything was going to be ok.
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