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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Version of Sherlock Holmes: The Dancing Men (1968) See more »

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Things Don't Always Work Out for the Best
5 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Dancing Men" is a favorite of mine. One of the neat things about the Holmes canon is that sometimes there is no poetic justice. While the great detective always solves the case, there is often collateral damage. In this one, a young bride is terrified by various images of dancing stick figures that are sent to her or appear in various settings. Her husband goes to Holmes to find out what is going on. Holmes, of course, is able to interpret the figures, but in the meantime, things don't go so well. Holmes often produced characters that came from America, and, invariably, there history seemed to present them with some nearly insurmountable obstacles. In this one, we have the sympathetic husband who has fallen into a situation he can't control. Holmes and Watson, played masterfully by Jeremy Brett and David Burke respectively, are eventually called to what appears a murder suicide scene, for which there is little explanation, other than the eerie figures that have pervaded the story. Again, the English countryside and a respect for the era are major factors in the success of this episode.


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