The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 3

The Golden Pince-Nez (21 Mar. 1994)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 229 users  
Reviews: 5 user

Sherlock Holmes and his brother Mycroft investigate the murder of an amanuensis who clutches a pince-nez and whose last words were, "The professor--it was she."



(by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) , (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 50 titles
created 22 Feb 2012
a list of 251 titles
created 23 Feb 2012
a list of 114 titles
created 04 May 2012
a list of 1494 titles
created 14 Jul 2012
a list of 1015 titles
created 04 Dec 2012

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Golden Pince-Nez (21 Mar 1994)

The Golden Pince-Nez (21 Mar 1994) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
« Previous Episode | 3 of 6 Episodes | Next Episode »


1 video »


Episode complete credited cast:
Rosalie Williams ...
Anna Carteret ...
Natalie Morse ...
Susan Tarlton
Patricia Kerrigan ...
Abigail Crosby
Christopher Guard ...
Willoughby Smith
Mrs Marker
Roger Ringrose ...
Daniel Finlay ...
Harry Kirkham ...


With Dr. Watson occupied at his surgery with an overflow of patients, Sherlock Holmes is joined by his brother Mycroft as he tries to solve the murder of Willoughby Smith. He was found by a maid having been stabbed with and clutching a lady's golden pince-nez in his right hand. His last words were 'Professor it was she'. Smith worked as an assistant to Professor Coran, an invalid who was studying early Christianity. Smith was involved with a local teacher and suffragette Abigail Grosby with whom he had recently had a falling out. The solution however lies in events long ago in Russia and a desire for revenge. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

21 March 1994 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs




See  »

Did You Know?


Frank Finlay had played Inspector Lestetrade in two Sherlock Holmes films. See more »


The Professor's cigarettes clearly have filters, a feature that was not available in the late 19th Century. See more »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: No, this is the monastery's accounts dating to the early fifteenth century.
Mycroft Holmes: Mm, precisely what I thought.
Sherlock Holmes: But surely this has great political significance.
Mycroft Holmes: A matter of particular delicacy.
See more »


Version of The Golden Pince-Nez (1922) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Goodly Spectacle
18 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is quite a good classic mystery story and one of the better offerings in the Holmes saga. It involves a mysterious murder of a young secretary. He has been stabbed in the neck with a letter opener and has bled to death, his dying statement: " was she." The secretary has also grabbed a golden pince nez (those old fashioned spectacles that sat on a person's nose). The professor in question is a bed ridden, chain-smoking historian. He is a harsh man with little patience. Holmes has been called in, assisted by brother Mycroft (apparently Edward Hardwicke, the Watson of the series, was unavailable for this episode). Holmes has been approached by a young police detective, who has produced a layout of the house and offered a few opinions. Of course, the two brothers are incensed by his basic incompetence. This leads to an investigation that banks on how someone could commit a murder in this house and not be seen by the housekeeper or the maid (who discovered the body). There is also a subplot about a women's temperance group, whose leader has become a possible suspect. There are also forces going back to events long ago involving an attempted revolution. This is also the time when Mycroft quotes their father concerning eliminating the impossible, hence, leaving behind the truth. The ultimate maxim of Holmes. Excellent performances all around, especially the Professor, played by great British stage actor Frank Finlay.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Edward Hardwicke/Dr. Watson kathy5353853
The Mazarin Stone jnnfrbryc
Final Episode, The Cardboard Box michael50322
NOT for people who like david burke's watson! LizzyBennet_Rox
Holmes Unseen Footage Petition moviegoer36
Holmesian Forums Chelki
Discuss The Golden Pince-Nez (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: