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16 June 1976 (USA) See more »
A Los Angeles cop falls off his motorcycle, strikes his head and wakes up believing himself to be Sherlock Holmes. Along with the social worker who is treating him, he sets out to solve the murder of an embezzler. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Larry Hagman ... Sherman Holmes

Jenny O'Hara ... Dr. Joan Watson

Nicholas Colasanto ... Lieutenant Nick Tinker

Woodrow Parfrey ... Himmel
Helen Verbit ... Landlady

Ivor Francis ... Spiner
Charles Macaulay ... Judge Clement Harley

Ron Silver ... Dr. Collins

Sid Haig ... Vince Cooley
Booth Colman ... Psychiatrist

Lieux Dressler ... Mrs. Slater
Fuddle Bagley ... Detective

Benny Rubin ... Klinger
Robert Snively ... Manager
Jude Farese ... Caretaker
George Brenlin ... Sergeant
Al Dunlap ... Bailiff
Jefferson Kibbee ... Delivery Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephanie Faracy ... Court Stenographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Dean Hargrove 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dean Hargrove 
Roland Kibbee 

Produced by
Dean Hargrove .... producer
Roland Kibbee .... producer
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis  (as Dick De Benedictis)
Cinematography by
William Mendenhall 
Film Editing by
John Kaufman  (as John Kaufman Jr.)
Art Direction by
William L. Campbell  (as William Campbell)
Set Decoration by
Edward M. Parker 
Costume Design by
George Whittaker  (as George R. Whittaker)
Production Management
Carter De Haven Jr. .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
G. Warren Smith .... assistant director
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound
Wes Wolfe .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor

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Additional Details

USA:74 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »


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Hagman is great in comedy stuff., 16 September 2006
Author: rkersh from United States

I liked this even though it wasn't great. I would like to see it again in fact if it is ever on again. It was a good idea and played well by Larry Hagman. A bit silly, but a nice spoof of Sherlock Holmes. I am a Holmes fan and have seen most of the stuff done by Jeremy Brett, Basil Rathbone and others. I thought this might be some sort of pilot, but I guess it would have been too hard to pull off week in and week out, although with the right budget and better quality it might have worked. Jenny O'Hara was good as Doc Watson as well. I thought it was funny and really played tongue in cheek by Hagman and O'Hara which made it work well. I do think the writing could have been better though for what it was it worked.

Considering the recent (subsequent to my writing this review in 2006) proliferation of Holmesian vehicles, both in the movies by Mr. Downey and the most recent stuff by Mister's Cumberbatch and Miller, seems like Mr. Hagman was ahead of his time and this effort goes unnoticed, especially if you consider Elementary, Mr. Miller's effort.

2016 and still looking for this somewhere to be seen again.

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