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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

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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 ...
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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 name of the Sherlock Holmes (Michael Caine) story that had recently been published in Strand Magazine was "Silver Blaze". See more »

Goofs

Despite using a passable english accent, the ticket master who sells Watson the tickets for the return trip to London from Lake Windermere enunciates the word 'class' in first class the American way 'classs'. A true Brit would announce it (phonetically) as 'first clarse'. See more »

Quotes

Holmes: I couldn't detect horse manure if I stepped in it!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Ladykillers (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Did You Get that Hat?
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph J. Sullivan
Performed by Sarah Parr-Byrne
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A must see!
9 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was a theater manager in 1988. I got this movie called 'Without a Clue', and that describes what I knew about it. I never saw a preview, I had no one sheet (poster) for it......Nothing! When I put the thing together, and saw the beginning, I thought oh, no! Not another Sherlock Holmes movie! (I think they made too many as it is!) But when Watson yelled at Holmes "You idiot!", that blew me away! I sat and watched it and laughed my butt off! Unfortunately, nobody else knew about this movie either! My theater was in a small town, and everybody knew me, and I told people if you want to see a funny movie that has no sex, really bad words, you have to see this movie! On Friday, when it opened, the theater was nowhere near full, on Thursday, the night it closed, we had a good crowd, some seeing it two, or three times (our admission price was $1.00 at the time). Granted, the teen-agers didn't care for it, but the adults loved it! In fact, one lady said to me, why don't they make more like that anymore! This movie IS an overlooked gem of a comedy!


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