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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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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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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 »

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

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Sherlock Holmes: [after poking a dead man with a stick] It is my opinion... that he is dead.
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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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Music by Thomas Hastings and lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
Sung by Mrs Hudson (Pat Keen) at the theatre
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Unexpected gem turns Holmesian lore on its head
16 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

WITHOUT A CLUE

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Dolby Stereo

'Sherlock Holmes' turns out to be a ham actor (Michael Caine), hired by brilliant detective Dr. John Watson (Ben Kingsley) to play a character whose adventures are dramatized by Watson and published in a popular weekly magazine. But the two men are forced to set aside their differences when Prof. Moriarty (Paul Freeman) hatches a fiendish plot to destabilize the British Empire.

An unexpected gem. Thom Eberhardt's clever revision of Holmesian lore foregoes puns and sight gags for character-based comedy, and a wonderful cast of experienced British thesps plays it with just the right degree of reverence and mockery (Caine and Kingsley, in particular, make a formidable comic team). However, the script - by Gary Murphy and Larry Strawther - is entirely faithful to the spirit of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous creation: Despite Holmes' incompetence and Watson's escalating outrage, the central mystery is genuinely skillful and engrossing, the clues are delightfully outlandish, and the Victorian atmosphere is conveyed with elegant simplicity, thanks to stylish art direction (by Brian Ackland-Snow) and costume design (by Judy Moorcroft). However, the writers aren't afraid to poke gentle fun at the established conventions, particularly Holmes'/Watson's uncanny ability to draw conclusions from even the most obscure scraps of evidence, and the climax manages to combine warm-hearted comedy and genuine thrills during a final showdown with Moriarty in an abandoned theatre. Highly recommended.


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