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Without a Clue (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  21 October 1988 (USA)
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A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective - Dr Watson.

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Archie
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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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Meet the world's greatest detective...and Sherlock Holmes. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Sherlock and Me  »

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$8,539,181 (USA)
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Trivia

The name of the three-masted barque featured in the movie was "Kaskelot" which is from the Danish language and translates into English as "sperm whale". The sea-going vessel has appeared in numerous film and television productions. The big boat is a real life replica of a tall ship and is one of the largest remaining wooden ships in commission. It was built by J. Ring-Andersen in 1948 and as such was constructed after the Victorian period featured in the film. The 'Sqaure Sail' website states that the 'Kaskelot' was "originally commissioned by the Royal Greenland Trading Company to supply the remote East Greenland coastal settlements, and subsequently as a fisheries support vessel in the Faroe Islands". See more »

Goofs

When "Holmes" returns home after Watson's apparent death, the shadow of the house number on the inside wall, and other shadows, indicate strong sunlight from a certain angle. He then goes outside and the doorway is not lit that way at all. Also, the width of the panes around the house number doesn't match the shadow. See more »

Quotes

Watson: Last night, Holmes realized how stupid he had been.
Holmes: Now, I didn't say stupid...
Watson: Yes, you did.
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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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Witty entertaining farcical romp
4 May 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This si a great story idea speculating on the assumption that the real genius of the famous Conan Doyle detective duo is Dr Watson, the academic. The acclaimed Sherlock Holmes is just a publicity front, played by a hack actor, while Watson does the real sleuthing.

It an interesting idea and Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine make it work exceptionally well. This is one of those films where the comedy works best if it's played totally deadpan seriously (which is the case with most comedy in fact). If you run along with this idea, it runs as a very intriguing and wonderfully fun story, almost on par with any other classic Holmes film.


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