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



(by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), (dramatised by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Carol Noakes ...
Baroness Gruner
David Langton ...
Abigail Cruttenden ...
Rosalie Williams ...
John Pickles ...
Roy Holder ...
Andy Bradford ...
First Thug


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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21 March 1991 (UK)  »

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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 »


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 »


[first lines]
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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Weak Wills
14 March 2007 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

The Holmes stories just as stories are pretty remarkable. They are of several types: -- Holmes as the great logician of human behavior: in these stories Holmes really does deduce; he figures out motive and events.

-- Holmes as the great data store. In this case, its not deduction but induction and scope. Holmes happens to know the residue of every cigar ash, the character of every type of clay in England, the manufacture of every type of paper. In these stories, he is a different sort of human computer, not smart exactly, just extremely knowledgeable.

-- Holmes pitted against the evil genius, originally Moriarty, but others in later stories, including women whose achievement gives them sexual attraction.

-- Mysteries solved because of Holme's mastery of disguise or his army of "irregulars." -- Stories that explore the boundary between science and the psychic. Doyle was the era's most eminant believer in the supernatural.

-- Holmes hobnobbing with the aristocracy.

This story is one of the weaker ones. It has elements of skirting the aristocracy (the so-called "client," who remains unknown) and the evil genius. The only problem is that we see no genius on either side.

Its just not enjoyable in any way, least of all cinematically, except for the redheaded heroine who foils the rape of the weakwilled victim.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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