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The Case of the Screaming Bishop (1944)

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Animated satire has parody versions of Holmes and Watson investigating the theft of a dinosaur skeleton.







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Uncredited cast:
John McLeish ...
Hairlock Combs (voice) (uncredited)


A dinosaur skeleton has been stolen from the museum. Since the other guy is apparently busy, the authorities go to 223 Baker Street and enlist the help of Hairlock Combs and his sidekick Gotsome. The thief keeps taunting them with notes that "the best bones go to Symphony Hall", but they start at the museum anyhow, disguising themselves as a pantomime horse. They build a mock skeleton out of scrap lumber, but discover it won't fit through the door or window. When Gotsome makes a musical noise sliding down the neck, they finally go to Symphony Hall, where the world's largest xylophone bears a strong resemblance to the skeleton. And just how *did* the skeleton get out? By answer, Combs pulls off a mask and reveals that he's the thief, not that it's a real answer. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

4 August 1944 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is considered to be one of Screen Gems' "Phantasy" series of cartoons. See more »


William Tell Overture
Composed by Gioachino Rossini (1829)
Incorporated in soundtrack
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Apart from the fact that it hasn't got a single laugh, it's okay...
17 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for a cartoon that is both a parody and 100% unfunny, have I got a film for you! I recently downloaded a copy of "The Case of the Screaming Bishop" because I not only enjoy Sherlock Holmes but because I like a good laugh. And, while it was a mocking adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, it just wasn't funny or necessary in the first place.

This film begins with a crazy looking guy somehow sneaking a huge dinosaur from the local museum. Watson and Holmes give chase and it all culminates with a confrontation at the symphony hall where the maniac is using the skeleton as a xylophone. If this doesn't sound funny, join the club. Despite adequate black & white animation, there just isn't much to recommend this one.

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