The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 5

The Illustrious Client (21 Mar. 1991)

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Violet Merville is determined to marry the man she loves, who Holmes knows has already murdered one wife.

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Holmes is hired by Sir James Damery to do anything he can to stop the forthcoming marriage of Violet Merville, daughter of a famed General, to Baron Gruner, a known philanderer and womanizer who has been known to seduce - and perhaps even dispose of - well-to-do women on the Continent. The young woman is madly in love with him and will hear nothing against him. It's also apparent that Sir James is acting as an intermediary for someone else, whom he refuses to reveal. The Baron is soon onto Holmes' attempt to discredit him and he is not above hiring ruffians to get rid of troublemakers. Homes recruits one of the Baron's discarded women to try and convince Miss Merville of her ill-advised romance but it is only when he learns that Gruner has a diary does he find the weapon he needs. Written by garykmcd

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The soundtrack includes several references to Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, in which the lecherous Don Giovanni is punished for his misdeeds. When the Baron is examining his book, he listens to a wax cylinder gramophone playing the Madamina aria in which Giovanni's servant boasts about the huge number of women his master has seduced. Then the final confrontation with the Baron is accompanied first by an excerpt from the overture, and then by the music from the scene in which Giovanni is finally dragged down to Hell. See more »

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In one scene, Baron Gruner is listening to a recording of a baritone singing the "Madamina" aria from Mozart's "Don Giovanni", and the singer is backed by a full orchestra. Such recordings were impossible to make in the nineteenth century, when the story takes place. Until the advent of electrical recording (i.e., using microphones) in 1925, singers and instrumentalists had to stand around a large horn to make recordings, and the use of a large orchestra would have distorted the sound. Special "chamber music" arrangements had to be made of orchestral pieces to prevent distortion and overload. Recordings were made on wax cylinders then, not discs, and the quality of sound was far worse than demonstrated in this episode. See more »

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Baron Gruner: Oh. Oh, my dear. My dearest. I warned you; I said, "Do not go too near the edge."
Baroness Gruner: Why did you push me, Baron?
Baron Gruner: My dear wife... you, you're dreaming.
Baroness Gruner: No. Dying. Dying.
Baron Gruner: Oh, my darling.
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One of the better episodes of the "Casebook" series
27 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found The Illustrious Client to be one of the better episodes of "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" series, second only after The Master Blackmailer. The story itself is not classic status like The Blue Carbuncle, Hound of the Baskervilles and Sign of Four were, but it is a compelling one with a shockingly satisfying ending and I did like seeing Holmes' sympathetic side. The script is intelligently written and delivered, and as usual the quality of the production values are very high with an evocative atmosphere, stylish photography and splendidly meticulous costumes and sets. The music is also of a hauntingly beautiful kind, and the acting from Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke and especially Anthony Valentine(as one of the better villains of the entire series) is great. All in all, a fine episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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