Mr. Rucastle's odd requirements for governess Violet Hunter, such as cutting her hair and wearing certain dresses, alarm her so she seeks Holmes' advice.

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Sherlock Holmes is approached by a pretty young woman with a bizarre tale. Violet Hunter is a governess by profession and she has recently been offered a position by Jephro Rucastle to act in that capacity at his country home, the Copper Beeches. Apart from offering an enormous salary, Mr. Rucastle also has a number of odd requests. It would be necessary for Violet to cut her hair short and from time to time she would have to sit with them in the parlor wearing a particular electric blue dress. Homes doesn't have much to offer by way of advice but after taking up her appointment, Violet urgently requests his assistance when she discovers that someone may be locked away in a far corner of the house. Written by garykmcd

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Peter Jonfield also had a key role in the Sherlock Holmes film Murder by Decree. See more »

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Dr Watson: Something wrong?
Sherlock Holmes: To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived.
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Version of Sherlock Holmes: The Copper Beeches (1965) See more »

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Very Strange but Engrossing
18 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this is one of those Holmes mysteries that borders on the unusual, it is like many Granada adaptations is still compelling. It is so weird it is almost spooky but when Holmes and Watson come to investigate the mystery all will become clear. It does feature eerie moments (especially in the attic scene) and builds up suspense. What stands out most from this episode is the memorable performances from veteran British actors, Joss Ackland and the late Natasha Richardson. Ackland is creepy as Rucastle and Richardson is able to make us the viewer feel sympathetic to her character. It is not one of the best stories from the canon but the early "Adventures" years of the Granada Sherlock Holmes were so well done that it is entertaining.


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