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Without a Clue (1988)

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

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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

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Reginald Kincaid / Sherlock Holmes
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Leslie Giles
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Lord Smithwick
Pat Keen ...
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Greenhough
Tim Killick ...
Matthew Savage ...
Wiggins
John Warner ...
Peter Giles
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Real Lesley
Harold Innocent ...
Mayor Johnson
George Sweeney ...
Murray Ewan ...
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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The flip side of Sherlock Holmes. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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PG | See all certifications »

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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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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The picture, outside of its studio stages, was filmed throughout various locations in London, as well as in Gloucester, Haverthwaite and Lake Derwentwater in the Lake District in Cumbria, and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. See more »

Goofs

Moriarty uses arming lighter when on the docks. Ferrocerium (which is how flint lighters work) was not patented until 1903. See more »

Quotes

Holmes: I'm reminded of the curious case of the Manchurian Mambo...
Watson: Holmes, could I have a word?
Holmes: Yes, what is it?
Watson: I believe that was the Manchurian Mamba.
Holmes: Mambo, mamba. What's the difference?
Watson: Well, very little, except that one is a deadly, poisonous snake, while the other is a rather festive Carribean dance.
Holmes: It was a night like any other, when suddenly a knock came at the door. I opened it, and there were these Manchurians, doing a rather festive Carribean dance...
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Crazy Credits

With apologies to the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

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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