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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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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)  »

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Sherlock and Me  »

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$8,539,181 (USA)
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Paul Freeman previously appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) opposite Anthony Higgins and John Rhys-Davies. Higgins played Professor Moriarty in Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), while Rhys-Davis played Watson in 'Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (2010)(V)'. He also later appeared in Hot Fuzz (2007) with Martin Freeman, who plays Watson on 'Sherlock (2010)(TV)'.Ben Kingsley was later the narrator of A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), which also had Jude Law, who played Watson in Sherlock Holmes (2009). He also appeared in Iron Man 3 (2013) opposite Robert Downey Jr.. See more »

Goofs

When "Holmes" returns home after Watson's apparent death, the shadow of the house number on the inside wall, and other shadows, indicate strong sunlight from a certain angle. He then goes outside and the doorway is not lit that way at all. Also, the width of the panes around the house number doesn't match the shadow. See more »

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Watson: Holmes believes your father has been abducted.
Leslie: Abducted? By who?
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Where Did You Get that Hat?
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Written by Joseph J. Sullivan
Performed by Sarah Parr-Byrne
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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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