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The Master Blackmailer 

Holmes and Watson attempt to break the grip of a ruthless blackmailer of their clients.

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(screenplay), (based on "Charles Augustas Milverton")
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Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ...
The Dowager (as Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies)
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Nickolas Grace ...
Bertrand
Serena Gordon ...
Sarah McVicar ...
The Hon. Charlotte Miles
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Colonel Dorking
Brian Mitchell ...
Harry, Earl of Dovercourt
Hans Meyer ...
Hebworth (Alias Veitch)
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Agatha
Stephen Simms ...
Stokes
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The master sleuth must deal with the menace of Charles Augustus Milverton, an art dealer who has a profitable sideline as a blackmailer with much of London's high society in his grip. Unfortunately, he is no amateur at his line of work and Holmes must use all his cunning and skill in some risky operations to foil this criminal. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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6 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This story features scenes from an all-male production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. See more »

Goofs

When the maid comes into Milverton's study, she says, "I'm here to light the fire." A housemaid or scullery maid would never speak to the master of the house without being spoken to first. And when he tells her not to light the fire and just to leave, she replies, "Oh. Okay." Most likely she would not say anything, or might say, "Yes, sir." But she would never say "okay" (which is probably anachronistic in British speech in any case). See more »

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: One must play one's cards as best one can when such a stake is on the table.
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Beau Soir
(uncredited)
Music by Claude Debussy
Lyrics by Paul Bourget
Henry G. Chapman (translation)
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23 September 2001 | by (Birkenhead, England) – See all my reviews

Jeremy Brett is simply the best Holmes ever, narrowly edging out the great Basil Rathbone of course, and this is probably the best adaptation of a Conon-Doyle short story.

A length adaptation includes some new plot strands that fit in well to the surrounding drama and heightens the hatred one feels for Milverton.

Excellent performances all round, especially from Robert Hardy, and both Brett and Hardwick fully rounded and comfortable in their roles makes this a superb piece of drama.


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