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Martin Freeman stars as John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock" on PBS' Masterpiece.
Martin Freeman stars as John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock" on PBS' Masterpiece. MCT

What did Sherlock Holmes say when his best friend asked him to diagnose the problem that kept the Duke of Devonshire from swallowing food?

“Alimentary, my dear Watson.”

That joke is nowhere to be found in “It’s Elementary: Sherlock Holmes On The Screen,” the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s spring-summer series of movies about Holmes (or people who think they are Holmes or just act like Holmes). But it could’ve been. There’s some far-out stuff in here.

Screenings are free at 2 p.m. at ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. Details: cmlibrary.org.

April 18: “They Might Be Giants” stars George C. Scott as a patient in a psychiatric ward who believes he’s Sherlock Holmes, gets placed in the care of Dr. Mildred Watson (Joanne Woodward) and searches for Professor Moriarty.

May 23: “The Seven Per Cent Solution” offers Nicol Williamson as Holmes and Robert Duvall as Watson. They go to Vienna to meet Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin), with Moriarty (Laurence Olivier) making trouble as usual.

June 13: The serious 1959 version of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” features Peter Cushing as Holmes, André Morell as Watson and Christopher Lee as the accursed Sir Henry Baskerville.

June 20: “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” stars the most famous of all actors who played the sleuth, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce as a tail-thumping Watson and Ida Lupino as the young woman menaced by Moriarty (George Zucco).

July 11: Buster Keaton directed and starred in “Sherlock, Jr.,” where he plays not Holmes but a movie projectionist trying to find missing jewelry. He also stars in the short “The Goat,” where his character gets mistaken for bad guy Dead Shot Dan. Ethan Uslan plays live piano accompaniment.

July 18: “A Study in Pink” offers Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the sleuth and the physician, who solve crimes in 21st-century London. This is a 90-minute episode from the popular BBC-TV series.

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