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Sherlockian Themed Jerry Lewis Laugh Certificates From Malaysia

Sherlockian Themed Jerry Lewis Laugh Certificates From Malaysia

“Sherlock Holmes laughed.”

– The Adventure of Silver Blaze (SILV)

The 1962 comedy film of It’s Only Money starring Jerry Lewis is turning out to be a treasure trove for Sherlockian numismatists. While Lewis never dons the deerstalker in the film, he is often seen wearing one in the promotional items for the film such as the poster above or the Enjoyment Certificates that we covered in an earlier post.

We now share news of two different Laugh Certificates that feature Jerry Lewis in a deerstalker. While the Enjoyment Certficates were designed by Paramount Studios and used by theaters here in the United States, these two Laugh Certificates were used in Malayia.

Our first Laugh Certificate is in blue ink on a white background and was issued for the Cathay Organisation Theater.

Our second Laugh Certificate is printed with pink or light red ink on a white background and was done for the Odeon Cinema.

Both notes measure at 76mm tall and 130mm wide and feature a tie-in with the Malayan Banking Limited.

The Cathay Organisation was established in 1935 as Associated Theatres Ltd. and opened its first cinema in Kuala Lumpur the next year.  Cathay Cinema was the country’s first air-conditioned cinema andthe first skyscraper, the tallest in Southeast Asia during that time. It was converted into a Red Cross casualty station during World War II . After the end of war in 1945, Cathay reopened and it was Singapore’s first cinema to show American and British pictures as its first screening after closure.

The Odeon Cinema was opened in 1936, by the Cathay Organization with two cinema halls and is styled in Art Deco architecture.

Malayan Banking Ltd. was founded in 1960 and grew rapidly to more than 150 branches around the time the movie premiered. Now known as Maybank, they have a network of over 400 branches throughout Malaysia.

It’s interesting that we now have three different numismatic items from this mediocre movie. Will we finding in others in the near future?

Thanks to Dickson Niew for supplying us with the information in this post.

Faces of Holmes: Charlton Heston

Faces of Holmes: Charlton Heston

“… possible actors in this drama…” – The Adventure of the Second Stain (SECO) Charlton Heston as Holmes in The Crucifer of Blood Charlton Heston was a prolific actor in Hollywood. Upon his death in 2008, noted film critic Roger Ebert commented, “Heston made at least three movies that almost everybody eventually sees: Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments and Planet of… Continue Reading

Numismatic Items in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother

Numismatic Items in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother

“… my unhappy brother…” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN) Gene Wilder wrote, directed and starred in the 1975 musical comedy The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother. Wilder would portray Sigerson while being assisted by Marty Feldman’s character of Orville Sacker, a Scotland Yards record clerk with a “photographic” memory for hearing. They would investigate… Continue Reading

Campaign Medals of Jude Law’s Dr. Watson

Campaign Medals of Jude Law’s Dr. Watson

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Buster Keaton Finds A Silver Certificate in Sherlock Jr.

Buster Keaton Finds A Silver Certificate in Sherlock Jr.

“The best way of successfully acting a part is to be it” – The Adventure of the Dying Detective (DYIN) In the opening minutes of the film Sherlock, Jr., the actor Buster Keaton is sweeping trash in a movie theater. At approximately the 4:00 minute mark, a gentleman walks out and is counting money in his wallet. Keaton… Continue Reading

The 1911 Film of “Trailing the Counterfeiter”

The 1911 Film of “Trailing the Counterfeiter”

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Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Three Garridebs (2018)

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Three Garridebs (2018)

“… they look upon these things in a different way.” – The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (NOBL) In addition to the numismatics of Sherlock Holmes, The Fourth Garrideb celebrates all things having to do with our namesake story – The Adventures of the Three Garridebs. The following video highlights scenes in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Three… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

“… this man here – is an actor.” – The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS) John Mills as Watson, Peter Cushing as Holmes in The Masks of Death (1984). This would be Cushing’s last role as Holmes. My first introduction to Peter Cushing was as Grand Moff Tarkin in a 1976 movie Star Wars. I would later become familiar… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Clive Brook

Faces of Holmes: Clive Brook

“When an actor…” – The Man with the Twisted Lip (TWIS) Clifford “Clive” Hardman Brook was born in London on June 1, 1887 – 17 November 1974 and would portray Sherlock Holmes in three movies. From the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: Maybe because he was British, Clive Brook was one of the stars of the silent… Continue Reading