Sherlock Holmes: Season 2, Episode 15

The Sign of Four (16 Dec. 1968)

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When a woman receives a series of valuable pearls from an unknown party after the disappearance of her father, Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.

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Ailsa Grahame ...
Howard Goorney ...
Grace Arnold ...
Ahmed Khalil ...
Lal Rao (as Ahmed Kahlil)
Syd Conabere ...
McMurdo (as Sydney Conabere)
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Annabella Johnston ...
David Boliver ...
Mr. Mordecai Smith (as David S. Boliver)
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When she receives pearls beyond price and a mysterious message from an anonymous source, Miss Mary Morstan goes to the famous consulting detective of 221B Baker St., Mr. Sherlock Holmes for advice in how to answer the message. Together with his staunch comrade, Dr. John Watson, and a mutt named Toby, Holmes tracks down the secret of the Sign of Four. Written by Kathy Li

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Athelney Jones: It's quite simple, really. The two brothers have a quarrel over the inheritance. Then, one kills the other so as to claim the whole of it for himself, leaving the body here! Quite simple!
Sherlock Holmes: And the dead man gets up to lock the door from the inside?
Athelney Jones: ...There's a flaw there... Somewhere...
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An absolutely wonderful film, beautifully made.
24 September 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is an outstanding adaptation of a really weird story. Although it was made for television it was shot in 35mm and frankly, it is better made than many theatrical features done at the same time. The casting is wonderful and the production values are, as usual, outstanding.

Jeremy Brett is a delight as Holmes; his 'most winning woman' speech to Watson ranks as one of my favorite scenes in this entire series. Edward Hardwicke gives him able support.

This story featured the first chase scene ever written in a detective story, and it's staged beautifully.

It's a pleasure to watch this series after suffering through the arch, camp, or (worst of all) deadly serious Holmes films made by so many other actors. THE SIGN OF FOUR is an excellent picture by any standard and a lot of fun, period.


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