Arsene Lupin vs Sherlock Holmes: The Stage Play
ARSENE LUPIN VS SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE STAGE PLAY
by Victor Darlay & Henry de Gorsse based on Maurice Leblanc
adapted by Frank J. Morlock
cover by Arnaud Demaegd
HOLMES: Today is Monday. By 6 p.m. on Friday, I will have arrested you and retrieved the Sultan Diamond.
LUPIN (with a smile): You may try.
This 1910 stage play completes our trilogy of Lupinian / Holmesian pastiches and includes an all-new Holmes play by Frank J. Morlock.
Arsène Lupin has stolen the Sultan Diamond under the nose of the French Police and
Sherlock Holmes has sworn to recover the stone and arrest his rival - all in less than a week!
This 1910 French stage play pitting France's notorious Gentleman Burglar against England's Great Detective has never before been translated into English!
- Arsène Lupin vs Sherlock Holmes by Darlay & De Gorsse
- The Real Sherlock Holmes by Frank J. Morlock
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Arsène Lupin vs Sherlock Holmes: The Stage Play is not the work of Maurice Leblanc, but of Victor Darlay and Henri de Gorsse, who present to us a Holmes accompanied not by Dr Watson, but by his young son Frederick Holmes, known as 'Little Sherlock'! This gives rise to such unfortunate dialogue as: 'Ah! Bravo, Papa. You are truly the greatest detective in the world.' 'Oh, a simple consulting detective, Frederick.' 'Yes, but smarter than all the other detectives combined. Oh, Papa, one day Iâ€™d like to be as good a detective as you.' â€” and so on. That aberration apart, however, this is an ingenious and imaginative comedy, matching the master burglar once again with the master detective. Holmes actually does arrest Lupin and recover the Sultan Diamond, but of course Lupin escapes. It would be nice to see Arsène Lupin vs Sherlock Holmes staged, though the fact that it requires a cast of over thirty might make that difficult. As a bonus, the translator has contributed an original one-act play The Real Sherlock Holmes, which turns upside-down all we thought we knew about Professor Moriarty.
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