The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: Season 2, Episode 1

The Master Blackmailer (6 May 1993)

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

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The Dowager (as Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies)
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Harry, Earl of Dovercourt
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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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This story features scenes from an all-male production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. See more »

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A Scotland Yard police detective is seen picking up a discarded weapon with a handkerchief which was not a common practice in 1890, when the film was set. Fingerprint detection was not adopted in Britain until 1901, if that was his reason. Actually, the gun was covered in blood and the policeman would seem to desire keeping his hands clean of blood. See more »

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Doctor Watson: [about Milverton] I exchanged a word with him. A more calculatingly insincere smile I never hope to see.
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Follows The Sign of Four (1987) See more »

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Beau Soir
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Music by Claude Debussy
Lyrics by Paul Bourget
Henry G. Chapman (translation)
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Well-crafted tale, with some additions to Doyle's story
22 June 2002 | by (Chancellorsville VA) – See all my reviews

I tend to look askance at departures from Doyle's sacred writings, but the additions in this film were well-chosen and done well. Those of us who have most of the Holmes canon mostly memorized tend to forget that for many viewers this may be their first exposure to Holmes, Watson and the foggy streets of Victorian London. A bit more atmosphere and additional plot may be a good introduction for newcomers to the Foggy Fables.

The large body of work left by Brett and his associates is, I believe, the best and most faithful Holmes films so far.


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