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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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1 May 1984 (UK)  »

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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 The Mystery of the Dancing Men (1923) See more »

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15 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A gentleman goes to Holmes after he comes across a baffling series of stick figure drawings that terrify his American wife. This episode is not the best but it does make an ideal starting point for newcomers who have never watched this series before. The story is compelling offering a classical mixture of cipher and murder mystery that you would expect from a Sherlock Holmes tale. It is well-directed with pitch perfect pacing. The photography and period detail are splendid. The performances are great with Jeremy Brett as perfect as can be as Holmes and David Burke adding a sense of fun to Watson. One scene that stands out for me is when Holmes shows off his own methodical brilliance at crime scene which is enough to put today's CSI's to shame.


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