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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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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 outrageous comedy about the world's greatest detective and his bumbling partner...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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Trivia

Pat Keen's second televisual appearance as Mrs. Hudson. She also appeared in 'The Baker Street Boys' series (1983) as Mrs. Hudson. 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

Inspector Lestrade: You're alive!
Watson: Astounding observation, Inspector. We must discuss it.
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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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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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Witty entertaining farcical romp
4 May 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This si a great story idea speculating on the assumption that the real genius of the famous Conan Doyle detective duo is Dr Watson, the academic. The acclaimed Sherlock Holmes is just a publicity front, played by a hack actor, while Watson does the real sleuthing.

It an interesting idea and Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine make it work exceptionally well. This is one of those films where the comedy works best if it's played totally deadpan seriously (which is the case with most comedy in fact). If you run along with this idea, it runs as a very intriguing and wonderfully fun story, almost on par with any other classic Holmes film.


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