A dead young man's affair with a beautiful widow brings odd, dangerous events to his grandmother's house.



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

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Sherlock Holmes'advice is sought by the elderly Mrs. Mary Maberley who has a particularly odd puzzle for him to solve. About one year ago she bought her current house, The Three Gables, and had lived there with her grandson until his recent death following complications from a ruptured spleen. She was shocked when approached by an estate agent who essentially offered her a blank cheque to buy The Three Gables from her in its entirety, including all of the contents. The old lady was keen to sell as, having lost her grandson, she now hoped to finance a 'round-the-world tour. The terms however included that she take nothing whatsoever from the house, not even the portrait of her grandson hanging on the wall. This she could not do and declined the offer to purchase. Did she make the right decision, she asks Holmes? It is evident that there is something in the house that someone is prepared to pay any price to get their hands on. Holmes soon finds that the connection has to be the grandson... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

7 March 1994 (UK)  »

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The actress Mary Ellis was 96 at the time of filming. See more »


[first lines]
Douglas Maberley: You promised!
Isadora Klein: I promised you nothing. Jamais! Never!
Douglas Maberley: I'm leaving for Rome. Please. Please come with me.
Isadora Klein: I've given, and I've no more to give.
Douglas Maberley: Why? Why do you treat me like this!
[two men drag him away]
Douglas Maberley: No!
Isadora Klein: Go! Go, go, go!
Douglas Maberley: Heartless fiend!
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Real Estate Nightmare
15 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the integrity of the this story is here, one wonders why the writers took so many liberties with a pretty straightforward plot. The story involves the efforts of a very rich woman, who is moving up even more, to get her hands on a manuscript (sound familiar), that could compromise her standing. This time she is not the innocent victim of a bit of bad judgment and has the firepower to get what she wants. The Baker Street guys get involved when an elderly lady comes to them, telling of an amazing real estate opportunity. First, she is offered an excessive amount of money to sell her house. Then she is asked to sell the contents, but the kicker is that she can take nothing with her. Money seems to be no object but her suspicions are greatly aroused. Things get stickier when a series of threats are put forth by thugs who want Holmes and Watson to mind their own business. They have the goods on one of the henchmen (a black man whose race is treated much worse in the original story) and are able to parley it into some basic information. In the story, the old lady's son dies; in the dramatization it is her nephew. Somehow, he is at the center of all this and he is somehow embroiled in the plot. Actually a pretty decent episode although it is really far-fetched if you think too much about it.

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