The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 5

The Crooked Man (22 May 1984)

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Col. Barclay is found dead and his wife is arrested for the murder, but Holmes is convinced a missing door key will reveal the true killer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Norman Jones ...
Henry Wood
Lisa Daniely ...
Nancy Barclay
Denys Hawthorne ...
James Barclay
Miss Morrison
Paul Chapman ...
Major Murphy
Shelagh Stephenson ...
Young Henry Wood
Catherine Rabett ...
Young Nancy
Young Barclay
Maggie Holland ...
Mrs Fenning
Colin Campbell ...
Private Bates
David Graham Jones ...


Egged on by his friend Dr. Watson, Holmes agrees to investigate the murder of Col. James Barclay who rose from the ranks to command his Regiment. After returning home from her monthly evening out helping the poor, the dead man's wife Nancy had a flaming row with her husband. After hearing a scream, the servants try to enter the room only to find locked from the inside. When they do manage to enter, they find the Colonel dead from what appears to be a blow to the head and Nancy in a feint. Holmes learns that at her charity work, she had reacted in shock when she approached a new arrival, an old man with a bent back and crooked legs. Written by garykmcd

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Watson's line "Elementary, my dear Holmes" is a sendup of the famous "Elementary, my dear Watson", a phrase that never appeared in any of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. 'The Crooked Man' short story does however have Sherlock saying "Elementary" and "my dear Watson" in two separate pieces of dialog. See more »


Dr. John Watson: What do you say, Holmes?
Sherlock Holmes: What can I say? Major Murphy, you have told me *nothing*!
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A seedy tale to win a girl's heart.
14 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode may not get the viewer immersed in the plot as other stories, since most of the tale of the sordid events are told while sitting in a room more closely resembling a confessional, but there is still a nice air about the episode that is entertaining to the very end.

The story follows the lives of Colonel James Barclay and his lovely wife Nancy. They met in India where Nancy was the daughter of a well-to-do family and James just a lowly sergeant. Nancy had many suitors but it seemed that James won out and they were married. Many years later they are living outside of London but seem to be have some relationship problems.

It will all come to a head when Nancy is volunteering at the local charity when she meets a man with a crooked back. That evening Colonel Barclay will end up dead and Nancy will be accused of the murder. But there is more to this story and more to the man with the crooked back than we ever could have guessed.

Another nice mystery that has Jeremy Brett perfectly cast as Sherlock Holmes set on solving who killed Colonel Barclay. With the subtle tics that Jeremy Brett gives the character, it makes for a wonderful view just watching him play the part of the mysterious detective. There seemed to be much more dialog in this episode which makes the viewer keep on their toes but the entertainment value is not lessened. Good watch.

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