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The Crooked Man 

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:
Lisa Daniely ...
Denys Hawthorne ...
James Barclay
Miss Morrison
Paul Chapman ...
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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22 May 1984 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Crazy Credits

There are Paget's illustrations from the story during credits. See more »


Version of The Crooked Man (1923) See more »


The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
Written by George Leybourne and Gaston Lyle
Performed by the Pub crowd
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One of the Best Episodes in the Series
13 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

This episode is another one of my favorite adaptations in this great series. Everything about this adaptation is just right. Jeremy Brett and David Burke as Holmes and Watson are perfect and Norman Jones gives a haunting performance in the title role. The production values here are excellent (which is typical for this series). The music by Patrick Gowers is potent. It is a simple, powerful story mixing elements of history and tragedy as it unfolds into a tale of love and survival. Out of all the Holmes mysteries this one is a real sleeper. If there is at least one episode in the Granada Holmes series that you should watch let it be this one.

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