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
The name of the stage play by Oswald Brund that was being produced at the Orpheum Theatre which starred actor Reginald Kincaid (Michael Caine) and was being billed a "A New Drama" was "Shadow of Death". See more »
During Holmes and Moriarty's sword-fight, Michael Caine's fencing double can clearly be seen from time to time. See more »
Most excellent comic turn on the Sherlock Holmes saga. The game's afoot!
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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