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Without a Clue (1988)

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A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective - Dr Watson.

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Storyline

This is a Sherlock Holmes story with a difference. Here Dr Watson is the ace detective and has been using an actor to play the part Holmes. Holmes is a drunken actor and gets on Watson's nerves. When Watson tries to go it alone, he doesn't have much success, so he is forced to let Holmes take all the credit once more. Written by Rob Hartill

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Watson...there's an evil mastermind on the loose! ...And my dear Holmes, there's an idiot on his trail! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sherlock and Me  »

Box Office

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$8,539,181 (USA)
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Trivia

Peter Cook, who plays Norman Greenhough, the Editor of the 'Strand' magazine (in which Watson's accounts of the Sherlock Holmes cases appear) himself played Sherlock Holmes in a 1978 version of "The Hound of the Baskervilles". See more »

Goofs

During Holmes and Moriarty's sword-fight, Michael Caine's fencing double can clearly be seen from time to time. See more »

Quotes

[Moriarty's henchmen catch a dockworker spying on them]
Sebastian: Sorry, Professor. We thought the dock was deserted.
Professor James Moriarty: [stepping out of the shadows] Sorry, indeed. I went to all this trouble for the sake of discretion, and then you allow this to happen. Well?
Dockworker: No, no! Nooo!
[Moriarty calmly lights a cigarette as Sebastian cuts the man's throat]
Professor James Moriarty: [pushes dead dockworker into the water] Come on. Let's not be all day about it.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are superimposed over still images of Victorian London. The final shot of Holmes and Watson form the backdrop for the end credits. See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Music by Thomas Hastings and lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
Sung by Mrs Hudson (Pat Keen) at the theatre
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Most excellent comic turn on the Sherlock Holmes saga. The game's afoot!
16 August 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is one of Michael Caine's funniest performances and he and Ben Kingsley worked quite well together. The supporting cast is top-notch as well. Jeffry Jones as LeStrade is very good and Peter Cook has a fine supporting turn. As for the premise-that Holmes was a front for Watson, given the fact that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was himself a physician and that he grew so sick of Holmes he tried to kill him off, I suspect he would have enjoyed the whole thing enormously. Twists and turns throughout, as a good mystery should and enough comedy to keep you laughing. Some interesting twists at the end. Poor LeStrade! Recommended.


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