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List of canon in Sherlock Holmes 2009 by Guy Ritchie

The list about canon in the Sherlock Holmes new movie is becoming long and interesting on 221b_bakerst here:
furius is doing a very fine job of research, helped from us, the holmesians in the community...

- generally untidy personal habits (The Musgrave Ritual: "Although also he affected a certain quiet primness of dress, he was none the less in his personal habits one of the most untidy men that ever drove a fellow-lodger to distraction. )

- Watson's limp, presumably attributable to his pick-a-limb leg wound (the shoulder in A Study in Scarlet, the leg in The Sign of Four, both from Jezail bullet)

- And numerous references to Watson as an army man (A Study in Scarlet: "In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the Army.")

- Watson's collection of notes about the cases -- fodder for published stories!

- Holmes being able to solve a case from a newspaper article Watson picked up(A Case of Identity: "'Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," said Holmes, taking the paper and glancing his eye down it. "This is the Dundas separation case, and, as it happens, I was engaged in clearing up some small points in connection with it.'")

- Watson's neat military appearance (from The Boscombe Valley Mystery: " The military neatness which characterizes you.")

- Holmes knowledge of fighting including boxing (multiple stories, first appeared in A Study in Scarlet -- "Is an expert singlestick player, boxer, and swordsman." Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist, The Empty House: "I have some knowledge, however, of baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling, which has more than once been very useful to me.")

- Holmes boxing with non-gentlemen (according to IMDB, the name is "McMurdo") (Sign of Four :
"Oh, yes you do, McMurdo," cried Sherlock Holmes, genially. "I don't think you can have forgotten me. Don't you remember the amateur who fought three rounds with you at Alison's rooms on the night of your benefit four years back?"

"Not Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" roared the prize-fighter. "God's truth! how could I have mistook you? If instead o' standin' there so quiet you had just stepped up and given me that cross-hit of yours under the jaw, I'd ha' known you without a question. Ah, you're one that has wasted your gifts, you have! You might have aimed high, if you had joined the fancy.")

- brother Mycroft (introduced in The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter, mentioned in the movie as if Watson already met him)

- Mycroft's estate in Chichester, West Sussex (Holmes takes up bee-keeping in Sussex in The Last Bow)

- Holmes sitting with feet on the chair and his knees drawn up (The Adventure of the Red-Headed League, The Naval Treaty)

- mention of "studying the brain" (reference to phrenology in Hound of Baskerville)?

- Holmes speaking French(Adventure of the Greek Interpreter, Holmes' grandmother's sister of Vernet)

- Holmes plucks at his violin and observes the behavior of the flies is a direct nod to Rathbone in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

-Holmes plucks at the violin or practices at it without playing a proper music while he is thinking (A Study in Scarlet: "When left to himself, however, he would seldom produce any music or attempt any recognized air. Leaning back in his arm-chair of an evening, he would close his eyes and scrape carelessly at the fiddle which was thrown across his knee.")

- Watson's gambling problem (mention of losing half of his wound-pension in Shoscombe Old Place, and more indirectly, through his knowledge of the turf in Silver Blaze)

- Lestrade's mention that Holmes might make a master criminal (The Sign of Four: "So swift, silent and furtive were his movements, like those of a trained bloodhound picking out a scent, that I could not but think what a terrible criminal he would have made had he turned his energy and sagacity against the law, instead of exerting them in its defense.")

- Holmes in disguises (multiple stories: first in A Study in Scarlet)

- putting down Lestrade (multiple stories: first in A Study in Scarlet)

- Holmes' drinking something used for eye surgery while Watson disapproves (Cocaine's the anaesthetic used for eye surgery during the era. The Sign of Four :
'"Which is it today?' I asked,--"morphine or cocaine?"
He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened. "It is cocaine," he said,--"a seven-per- cent. solution. Would you care to try it?"
"No, indeed," I answered, brusquely. "My constitution has not got over the Afghan campaign yet. I cannot afford to throw any extra strain upon it."')

- Holmes loving music or opera: in the movie, when they're in the carriage at the beginning of the movie, after the disastrous dinner with Mary, Holmes suggests to Watson that there's an opera playing and he could score them tickets to it. (The Red Headed League where he takes an evening off of the case to listen to Sarasate play the violin and The Adventure of the Red Circle where he enjoys listening to Wagner.)

- Irene Adler's habit of cross-dressing (A Scandal in Bohemia: "But, you know, I have been trained as an actress myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage of the freedom which it gives.")

- mention of Irene's past marriage (A Scandal in Bohemia: "I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was I found myself mumbling responses which were whispered in my ear, and vouching for things of which I knew nothing, and generally assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to Godfrey Norton, bachelor.)

- Holmes' interest in newspapers (multiple stories: e.g. The Boscombe Valley Mystery)

- identify location despite being blindfolded (The Sign of Four)

- Holmes smoking a pipe while thinking (multiple stories. E.g. The Adventure of the Red-Headed League: '"What are you going to do then?" I asked.

"To smoke," he answered. "It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes." He curled himself up in his chair, with his thin knees drawn up to his hawk-like nose, and there he sat with his eyes closed and his black clay pipe thrusting out like the bill of some strange bird."'

- intimate knowledge of London

- "You haven't seen my rugby ball have you?" (Watson was a rugby player. The Sussex Vampire: "P. S. I believe your friend Watson played Rugby for Blackheath when I was three-quarter for Richmond.")

- presence of a cricket ball (Watson mentions wickets in school The Naval Treaty)

- Watson's leaving Holmes for his marriage (The Sign of Four)

- Irene Adler as an adventuress (A Scandal in Bohemia: "The wellknown adventuress, Irene Adler. ..Born in New Jersey in the year 1858... She has the face of the most beautiful of women, and the mind of the most resolute of men.)

- Lord Blackwood (Count Negretto Silvius -- Blackwood in Latin -- introduced in The Adventure of Mazarin Stone. Also, Strand magazine's rival is called Blackwoods.)

- ambitious secret society (KKK in Five Orange Pips, Mormons in A Study in Scarlet, Freemasons in The Valley of Fear)

- magic that is not magic (The Hound of Baskerville)

- Moriarty, the mathematics professor (The Final Problem: "He is the organizer of half that is evil and nearly all that is undetected in this great city. He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He has a brain of the first order He sits motionless, like a spider in the centre of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows every quiver of each of them." Also mentioned in , The Empty House, The Valley of Fear)

- midget constructing technology that will revolutionize warfare (reference to The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, the movie?)

- Holmes and Watson breaking the law and ending up in prison together (The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton:
"You can't help me."

"How do you know that? You can't tell what may happen. Anyway, my resolution is taken. Other people besides you have self-respect, and even reputations."

Holmes had looked annoyed, but his brow cleared, and he clapped me on the shoulder.

"Well, well, my dear fellow, be it so. We have shared this same room for some years, and it would be amusing if we ended by sharing the same cell.")

Setting and Props
- The "VR" in bullets on the wall (for Victoria Regina from The Musgrave Ritual: "I have always held, too, that pistol practice should be distinctly an open-air pastime; and when Holmes, in one of his queer humours, would sit in an armchair with his hair-trigger and a hundred Boxer cartridges and proceed to adorn the opposite wall with a patriotic V. R. done in bullet-pocks, I felt strongly that neither the atmosphere nor the appearance of our room was improved by it." )

- The bullpup(s) (A Study in Scarlet: "I keep a bull pup." which may be any of the following according to Victorianisms and Holmesiana theories: quick temper, a literal dog, or a reference to the Webley Bulldog "bullpup" revolver as in the movie. Watson in this movie possesses all three.)

- the name Gladstone (Holmes has a Gladstone bag in The Man with the Twisted Lip. Also, British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898). The dog in Granada Production of The Cupboard Box is also named Gladstone.)

- "Don't touch! Everything is in its proper place, as per usual."
( "Our chambers were always full of chemicals and of criminal relics which had a way of wandering into unlikely positions, and of turning up in the butter-dish or in even less desirable places. But his papers were my great crux. He had a horror of destroying documents…. Thus month after month his papers accumulated, until every corner of the room was stacked with bundles of manuscript which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner." The Musgrave Ritual)

- Holmes owning the photograph of Irene Adler (A Scandal in Bohemia: The photograph was of Irene Adler herself in evening dress, the letter was superscribed to "Sherlock Holmes, Esq. To be left till called for... And when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her photograph, it is always under the honourable title of the woman."

- Mary Morstan being lent pearls (The Sign of Four indicates that she would actually own them though all mentions of her family history and the Agra treasure are not in the movie.)

- the violin (first mentioned in A Study in Scarlet, Stradivarius mentioned in The Adventure in the Cardboard Box)

- glass-covered diorama of bee hives (interest mentioned in The Last Bow, The Creeping Man, The Lion’s Mane

- tiger skin rug (present in the Russian production of Sherlock Holmes)

- Holmes wearing sunglasses (also featured in Russian production of Sherlock Holmes, see at 1:35.)

- Holmes having a hideout ( from Black Peter: "Holmes was working somewhere under one of the numerous disguises and names with which he concealed his own formidable identity. He had at least five small refuges in different parts of London, in which he was able to change his personality.")

- presence of hunting-crop ("He had himself picked up the loaded hunting-crop, which was his favourite weapon." from "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons")

- newspaper headlines in Irene Adler's folder (A Scandal in Bohemia, Bruce Partington Plans)

- various locations that Granada series used in the 80s

(Almost) verbatim Dialog
- "How did you see that?" and Holmes responds: "Because I was looking for it." (The Adventure of the Dancing Men:
"By George!" cried the Inspector. "How did you ever see that?"
"Because I looked for it.")

- "My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work.." (The Sign of Four: "My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.)

- "A veteran of Afghan I assume" (altered dialog from A Study in Scarlet:"How are you?" he said cordially, gripping my hand with a strength for which I should hardly have given him credit. "You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive." )

- The deductions about the pocket watch (only it belonged to the ginger midget, rather than Watson's brother) (transposed dialog from The Sign of Four)

- The line about a doctor being the first of criminals (only applied to Watson, wasn't it?) (The Speckled Band: "When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals.")

- "Your check book's still locked in my drawer." (The Adventure of the Dancing Men: "Your check book is locked in my drawer, and you have not asked for the key.)

- "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion." (The Man With The Twisted Lip)

- Watson's complaints about Holmes habits (The Dying Detective: His incredible untidiness, his addiction to music at strange hours, his occasional revolver practice within doors, his weird and often malodorous scientific experiments, and the atmosphere of violence and danger which hung around him made him the very worst tenant in London.)

- "The game's afoot!" (verbatim from Abbey Grange)

- “Data! data! data! I can’t make bricks without clay.” (The Copper Beeches)

- "He would say it was worth a wound."-Mary Morstan (transposed dialog from The Adventure of the Three Garridebs where Watson writes "It was worth a wound -- it was worth many wounds -- to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask.")

- It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." (A Scandal in Bohemia)

- "It makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on whom I can thoroughly rely." (The Boscombe Valley Mystery)

- "Crime is common. Logic is rare." (The Adventure of the Copper Beeches)

- identify blood relations by similar ear forms (from The Cardboard Box: There was the same shortening of the pinna, the same broad curve of the upper lobe, the same convolution of the inner cartilage. In all essentials it was the same ear. Of course I at once saw the enormous importance of the observation. It was evident that the victim was a blood relation, and probably a very close one.)

More canon are coming, I'll add here! ^^
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