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Without a Clue (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  21 October 1988 (USA)
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A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective - Dr Watson.

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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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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sherlock and Me  »

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$8,539,181 (USA)
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Trivia

The place of Dr. John Watson (Ben Kingsley) and Sherlock Holmes (Michael Caine) abode was the traditional Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes & Watson address of 221B Baker Street, London. See more »

Goofs

The kidnapped "daughter", although missing for days if not weeks, did not grow a beard. He was so clean shaven as to fool Lastrade into believing he was a woman. The kidnapped father also didn't grow a beard. See more »

Quotes

[Holmes has just tried and failed to hang himself]
Mrs. Hudson: Mr. Holmes! What would Dr. Watson say?
Holmes: He would have offered to kick the chair out from underneath me!
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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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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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