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The Sign of Four (1983)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery | TV Movie 7 December 1983
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to track down the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sherlock Holmes
David Healy ...
Dr. John Watson
Thorley Walters ...
Major John Sholto
Mary Morstan
Jonathan Small
Inspector Layton
Bartholomew Sholto
Thaddeus Sholto
John Pedrick ...
Mordecai Smith
Moti Makan ...
Lal Rao
Kate Binchy ...
Mr. Sherman


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to track down the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world.

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7 December 1983 (USA)  »

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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four  »

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according to Clive Merrison in a interview with Toby Hadoke , Trevor Howard started filming but was fired after one day. See more »


The amount of jewels falling out of Small's wooden leg is much smaller than what we see in the chest later in the scene. See more »


Version of The Sign of Four (1923) See more »

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Good film, involving without being gripping
24 February 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Miss Mary Morstan has been receiving jewels from an unknown source for some time when the anonymous man wants a meeting. She takes along Holmes and Watson and they uncover a years old pact regarding stolen treasure – the so called `four'. However Holmes finds that someone is killing off the four in the hunt for the treasure and must race to stop him and save the jewels.

Over the past few months I have been watching al to of the Rathbone/Bruce Holmes films and have been enjoying them, but I thought I'd take another version and try it out. I heard good things about this version and they were mostly right – this is a good telling of the story, even if I struggled to follow some parts of it (my fault and not the film's!). The plot is a little duller than it should have been because we already know what's going on from the start as opposed to working it out with Holmes. However it is still enjoyable and has some exciting moments of action and good moments where Holmes deduces the clues!

The film also has a reasonable vein of good humour running through it and is funny at times. Happily this does not come from Watson being a buffoon of sorts. He is clearly Holmes' sidekick rather than equal but nonetheless he is certainly different from Bruce's playing. Richardson is a good Holmes and made me forget Rathbone, while Healy does quite well as Watson – although Bruce is forever in that role for me (even though I dislike that version of Watson). The rest of the cast are good and support the tale well.

Overall this is a good film with a worthy sense of time. It is a lot `straighter' that the Rathbone Holmes films but that is not a bad thing. Not a classic but certainly an enjoyable mystery film that is involving without being gripping.

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