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Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

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When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

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Mrs. Dribb
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Chester Cragwitch
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Rupert T. Waxflatter
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Earl Rhodes ...
Dudley
Brian Oulton ...
Master Snelgrove
Patrick Newell ...
Bentley Bobster
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The Reverend Duncan Nesbitt
Matthew Ryan ...
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Matthew Blakstad ...
Dudley's Friend
Jonathan Lacey ...
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet as boys in an English Boarding school. Holmes is known for his deductive ability even as a youth, amazing his classmates with his abilities. When they discover a plot to murder a series of British business men by an Egyptian cult, they move to stop it. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Before a lifetime of adventure, they had the adventure of a lifetime.


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4 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,250,320 (USA)
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Trivia

When young Sherlock Holmes and John Watson first meet, Holmes incorrectly guesses that Watson's first initial stands for "James". This is a reference to one of the contradictions in the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories: in most of the stories, Watson's first name is John, but in one story, his wife inexplicably calls him "James". Watson's middle initial is "H", which Doyle never expanded on; there is a popular fan speculation that it stands for "Hamish", which is the Scottish variation of "James", and that this is a private term of endearment used by his wife. See more »

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When Watson swings the grapple to hook the axle, there is a crossbeam at the rear of the buggy that the rope swings on before hooking on the axle. When the hook catches the axle and Rathe starts to drive away, the crossbeam is missing and the rope is stretched straight behind the carriage instead of upwards, the knot holding the hook has changed shape, and the axle is smooth. When the rope catches and the carriage is ripped apart, the knot has returned to it's original shape, the crossbeam is still missing, and a fitting resembling an inchworm has appeared in the middle of the axle. See more »

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Older Watson: We immediately sprang into action, searching every nook and cranny for the cloth. I accidentally turned on one of Waxflatter's strange machines, and not being at all mechanically-minded, I had the dickens of a time trying to turn the thing off.
Elizabeth Hardy: I found it! I found it!
Older Watson: Holmes spent the entire night and the following day studying, examining, scrutinising the section of cloth. He conducted experiment after experiment. Not once did he stop for a rest. His energy seemed boundless. Following eighteen...
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[opening credit] The following story is original and is not specifically based on the exploits of Sherlock Holmes as described in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. See more »


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Young Sherlock Holmes Main Theme
Written by Bruce Broughton
Performed by Crouch End Festival Chorus and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
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An enjoyable non Doyle Holmes story
18 December 1998 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

There are probably more Sherlock Holmes stories not written by Conan Doyle than were written by him. Some are quite bad but every now and then a good one comes along. "Young Sherlock Holmes"is one of the better ones and works on the premise that Holmes and Watson did not meet as adults in "A Study In Scarlett" but in boarding school. Of course they are in London where the young Holmes detects a link between a series of bizarre murders (depicted in some lively and imaginative special effects). The game is afoot and along the way (with a slight tongue in cheek) we learn where Holmes picked up some of his more famous trademarks and most infamous nemesis. A well written script, fine cast of actors and a physical production that recreates late 19th century London in grand fashion. A film to sit back and enjoy.


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