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Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared (1951)

An adaptation of the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about a very wealthy businessman with a strange secret.




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A Sherlock Holmes story in which the detective investigates the disappearance of a missing husband who is traced to an opium-den in Wapping, where the proprietor denies knowledge of him. Holmes finds him upstairs in a pool of blood, is attacked and fights his way out. After various enquiries he solves the mystery. Originally the pilot for a proposed television series, this film ended up as a B-movie short. Written by jrodor@pacbell.net

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Mystery | Short





Release Date:

April 1951 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes: The Man with the Twisted Lip  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally a failed TV pilot, this production was released theatrically as a short subject. See more »


Although this is set in the late Victorian era, trucks can distinctly be seen crossing Tower Bridge in the background. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Watson: London is a very big city. Every year a lot of people vanish and are never heard of again. That's none of my business because I'm a doctor. My name is John Watson. But one of these concerned me because it was a wealthy patient of mine who disappeared without a trace.
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Why try to change what is perfect or near perfect?!
10 May 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Apparently, this short film was intended as a pilot episode for Sherlock Holmes TV series that was never bought. And, while the film seems competent enough in how it looks and sounds, the story is a mess--and fans of Conan Doyle will most likely pick up on this.

"The Man Who Disappeared" is based on the great Conan Doyle story, "The Man With the Twisted Lip". This original story, in my opinion, is one of the best stories among the many Conan Doyle stories. It is perfect or at least near-perfect. So, you wonder who was the idiot who thought to radically change the story?! Instead, the 'improvements' serve to make the story a lot LESS interesting. Plus, it seems to be very nervy to change the story--and to this great a degree. Surely Doyle would NOT have approved of this bastardization and it the new story didn't make a lot of sense.

Overall, the film is competent but undistinguished as far as the acting and direction go, but the story is very weak. It's really mostly of interest to Holmesophiles (cool word, huh?).

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