Monday, January 16, 2006

Dr. Watson

"Quick Watson, the needle!" In his original literary incarnation as well as the BBC/Jeremy Brett versions he was Sherlock Holmes' friend and colleague, rather than a mere sidekick. But the Watson as protrayed by Nigel Bruce in the Holmes movies of the 30's/40's was definitely more of a typical movie sidekick, providing comic relief rather than a conscience or a chronicler of the adventures. While certainly more dignified than your Barney Fife or your Ensign Parker, I think he qualifies as a slightly higher brow Hollywood sidekick.

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