The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 2

The Dancing Men (1 May 1984)

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A gentleman is baffled when the childish drawings of little dancing men terrify his American wife. Sherlock Holmes soon discovers why.

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Hilton Cubitt seeks Sherlock Holmes' assistance in determining why a series of hieroglyphs - little pictures of dancing men - has so terrified his American wife Elsie. He knows little of his wife's background having met her in London during the Queen's Golden Jubilee but has now been very happily married for three years. The problems started a few months before when she received a letter from Chicago and more recently, when the drawings of the dancing men had been chalked on a garden wall. Holmes realizes that the symbols are a code of some sort and Mrs. Cubitt continues to receive similar messages. He also knows however that to unravel the mystery, he will have to learn more about the woman's past and her history in America. Written by garykmcd

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In 1903, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stayed briefly at Hill House Hotel at Happisburgh, near Norwich. Asked to sign an autograph book, he saw in it a signature and address written in "dancing men" by G. J. Cubitt, the proprietor's son, who was then about seven years old. Conan Doyle then and there set to work upon "The Adventure of the Dancing Men," using not only the cipher, but the name Cubitt for the central character in this tale. See more »

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At the conclusion of the story, during Dr. Watson's epilogue, you can see modern vehicle traffic passing on the road in the background behind the manor house in the upper left hand corner. See more »

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Hilton Cubitt: Elsie, what's the matter? Elsie!
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A deadly secret that should have just been revealed.
8 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Hilton Cubitt visits Sherlock Holmes with a mystery involving small drawings of little men, the viewer knows it will be a logical plan that will bring this situation to an end. And sure enough, Holmes is at the top of his game in this episode.

The story involved Mr Cubitt's wife, Elsie, that he has just recently married. Cubitt knows that his wife has a mysterious past but he made a vow to Elise not to bring her past life up in any conversations. But when these stick drawings frighten Elsie to near madness, Cubitt knows he needs the help of Holmes to put this matter to rest. But it will be deeper than Cubitt ever thought possible.

Even though the story ends in a mostly tragic manner, it held the interest of the viewer from start to conclusion. The script was tight and the acting top notch. Jeremy Brett and his facial expressions are some of the best part of the show. Good Watch.


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