The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 6

The Creeping Man (28 Mar. 1991)

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Holmes thinks a woman's claim to have seen a man at her upstairs bedroom window is related to the theft of several apes.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Charles Kay ...
Jack Bennett
Sarah Woodward ...
Edith Presbury
Anna Mazzotti ...
Alice Morphy
James Tomlinson ...
Steve Swinscoe ...
Colin Jeavons ...
Anthony Havering ...
Secretary of the Zoological Society
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Sherlock Holmes is asked by Jack Bennett to investigate after his fiancée Edith Presbury sees the shadow of a man in her window in the middle of the night. The problem is that her bedroom is on the second floor and there is no way for any man to have been able to get to that window. Edith is the daughter of a notable natural scientist, Professor Presbury, a widower who is engaged to be married to a much younger woman, Alice Morphy. The Professor is quite displeased at hearing that Bennett, who also happens to be his assistant, has hired the Great Detective and Holmes and Watson are unceremoniously escorted off the property.When Holmes reads of a rash of thefts from zoos - all monkeys and apes - he slowly begins to unravel the mystery of the shadow Miss Presbury saw in her window. Written by garykmcd

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Just after the introduction, when the naturalist's office is shown for the first time, sounds of typing can be heard in the background. They actually form the monotonic rendition of the intro music. (Performance, however, is far from perfect.) See more »


(at around 36 mins) We see Holmes idly pick up the newspaper and look through it. His attention is immediately caught by the headline of 'Monkey Theft.' If you skim through the very short article, you'll see a mention of the 'Lonon Zoo', when it should be London Zoo. See more »


[first lines]
Professor Presbury: You may inform the Secretary of the Royal Society that I have entitled my Michaelmas lecture 'Darwin's Fundamental Error'.
Jack Bennett: That'll raise a few hackles, sir.
Professor Presbury: Will it not.
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Modern Genetics Aside.....
15 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The makers of these Granada episodes dedicated themselves to producing the entire Holmes canon. Unfortunately, some of the stories are not very good, and the wonderful Jeremy Brett didn't survive to the end. When the series aired on Masterpiece Mystery, it was introduced by Vincent Price. His presentation at the time pointed out that we were in for some real suspension of disbelief if we were going to enjoy the episode. Conan Doyle was basically a scientist, but this is really more science fiction than detective work. Because I know that early fiction writers often made assumptions that proved medically unsound (the blood transfusions in Stoker's Dracula, for example), I can still watch and enjoy. The conclusion floored me. I had not read this story and so I wasn't prepared. It is both startling and really laughable. Jeremy Brett at one point delivers one of those awful pronouncements, more indicative of Basil Rathbone. Brett had pretty much let the pontificating go. Far from the best, but fun nevertheless.

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