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The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax 

A headstrong but titled suffragette slips into the power of a murderous con artist.



(by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), (dramatised by) (as T. R. Bowen)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Julian Curry ...
Mary Cunningham ...
Miss Calder
Jack Klaff ...
Nicholas Fry ...
Hotel Manager
The Earl of Rufton
Anthony Benson ...
Anthony Schaeffer ...
Bank Official
Margo Stanley ...
Woman in Undertakers


While on holiday, Dr. Watson makes the acquaintance of Lady Francis Carfax, a single and independent-minded woman, who is staying in the same hotel. She has been frightened in the extreme however with the appearance of a bearded man whom she obviously knows. Watson has been recounting this tale to Holmes by letter who immediately realizes the lady is in grave danger. By the time he joins Watson at the hotel however, Lady Carfax has vanished. Prior to her disappearance the bearded had reappeared at the hotel and she had argued with her brother about her financial situation. As Holmes learns about her finances, he realizes there is a very good reason why someone might wish to take advantage of her. Written by garykmcd

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21 February 1991 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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One of the few episodes with genuine narration. See more »


The corpse breaths and swallows. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Watson: [narration: Holmes is reading a letter from Watson] My dear Holmes, today I walked fourteen miles across rough terrain, and hardly a twinge from either my leg or my shoulder. The landscape is as handsome as it is reported. I still entertain the hope that I can prevail upon you to join me. I appreciate, of course, that the beauties of nature mean little to you, but I believe you would have found some of the guests at my hotel most intriguing.
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Credits run during a hold on Lady Frances and Green, instead of showing Paget illustrations from the story. See more »

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Solid Episode
13 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story is well adapted and is one of the best episodes in the "Casebook" volume of the series. Sherlock Holmes and Watson investigate the disappearance of a woman who has been kidnapped by a con artist with a murderous history. Unlike most filmed adaptations in this series this one ends on a dark note adding a degree of ambiguity. John Madden does a solid job of directing it as T. R. Bowen does of scripting it. As usual for Granada the production values are wonderfully meticulous capturing the flavor of the time period. The cast is excellent with Cheryl Campbell giving a strong performance as the eccentric Lady Frances Carfax and Jeremy Brett still proves why he is the best actor to play the role of Arthur Conan Doyle's master detective.

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