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Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991)

1910. Mycroft Holmes asks his brother Sherlock & Dr. Watson to travel to Viena and find the stolen plans & prototype for an electro-magnetic bomb detonator. Once there, they are reunited ... See full summary »

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1910. Mycroft Holmes asks his brother Sherlock & Dr. Watson to travel to Viena and find the stolen plans & prototype for an electro-magnetic bomb detonator. Once there, they are reunited with Irene Adler, who has once more taken up her former profession as an opera singer. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Sherlock Holmes und die Primadonna  »

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Harry Alan Towers has said in interviews his first choices for Dr.Watson were Gordon Jackson and Nigel Stock but he soon found both men had died. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene, a reflection of the mic can be scene in a cabinet with glass doors. It is slowly withdrawn from sight before the scene is over. See more »

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Mycroft Holmes: Thieves have stolen the plans and prototype for an electro-magnetic bomb detonator just as they were being purchased by Britain. The inventor died in an attempt to retrieve them. There is no way to recreate the device. The machine is so... appalling that only Britain can be trusted not to put it to use.
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Followed by Incident at Victoria Falls (1992) See more »

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A wealth of talent and a dearth of quality
13 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE LEADING LADY looks great on paper. It's an epic 3-hour TV miniseries featuring Holmes and Watson as old men, still trotting the globe and sorting out criminals wherever they meet them. The narrative features the return of two fan favourites (Mycroft and Irene Adler) in a brand new adventure. The film was made by veteran producers Harry Alan Towers and Egypt's Frank Agrama (DAWN OF THE MUMMY), among others, and shot in Luxembourg - no doubt due to the tax breaks available there. The director was Peter Sasdy, a seasoned Hammer veteran who certainly knows his stuff. Finally, and best of all, it features Christopher Lee and Patrick Macnee as the intrepid twosome.

Unfortunately, such a production could never meet the standards expected from the sheer quantity of talent involved, and this turns out to be an entirely middling affair. It's watchable, certainly, but also long-winded, and the insistence on throwing real-life characters in the mix, like Sigmund Freud and, most bizarrely, Elliott Ness, is an odd one. There were two scriptwriters, one British and one American, and I blame the latter for the annoying US-centric elements, not least Morgan Fairchild's presence as Irene Adler. Talk about out of place...

Still, it's not all bad. Lee is, as you'd expect, excellent as the famous detective, bringing him ably to life in his twilight years. Macnee is the closest we've got to the lovable Nigel Bruce yet, and the supporting cast features some experienced British character actors like John Bennett and Ronald Hines; the presence of Engelbert Humperdinck is more of a mystery. Speaking of mystery, the plotting is perfectly adequate, but there's little true deductive reasoning for Holmes to carry out; the whole thing seems beneath him, and occasionally he seems a bit stupid and a far cry from the original Conan Doyle creation.


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