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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reginald Kincaid / Sherlock Holmes
Leslie Giles
Lord Smithwick
Pat Keen ...
Tim Killick ...
Matthew Savage ...
John Warner ...
Peter Giles
Real Lesley
Harold Innocent ...
Mayor Johnson
George Sweeney ...
Murray Ewan ...


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 »


Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sherlock and Me  »

Box Office


$8,539,181 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Pat Keen's second and final appearance as the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes series character of Mrs. Hudson. She had previously portrayed the character in four episodes of The Baker Street Boys (1983) television series around five years earlier. See more »


When Inspector Lestrade leaves the Royal Mint in a carriage, there is just him and the driver. When he arrives at Giles' house, he now has two policemen with him and the driver. See more »


[Professor Moriarty and Sebastian watch from afar as Inspector Lestrade and Lord Smithwick leave 221B Baker Street]
Sebastian: Do you suppose he took the case, Professor?
Professor James Moriarty: What? My dear boy, how could he resist? This is turning out so very well.
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Crazy Credits

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


Rock of Ages
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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