Saturday, July 16, 2011
"Oh, this is elementary my dear fellow"
William Gillette, the fellow in the picture, came to Greenport and played in the Opera House. We actually have proof. He was the fellow from whom Basil Rathbone modeled the character that we identify from those long ago trips to the movie house or Sunday matinees on TV. The cap, the curved pipe, the coat - all Mr. Gillette as he took to the stage all over the place with Mr. Holmes' escapades.
Mr. Gillette coined the phrase that has been reduced to "Elementary my dear Watson". He also gave our predecessors around these parts a good deal of entertainment something to talk about for weeks on end... not to mention an iconic cap, cape and the gotcha! phrase of all time.