Holmes investigates the disappearance of a champion racehorse and the murder of its trainer on a lonely moor.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Barry Lowe ...
Rosalie Williams ...
Malcolm Storry ...
Manda-Jayne Beard ...
Edith Baxter
David John ...
Ned Hunter
Sally Faulkner ...
Mrs Straker
Russell Hunter ...
Silas Brown
Nicholas Teare ...
Marcus Kimber ...
Geoffrey Banks ...
Race Official


Wealthy sportsman Colonel Ross asks Holmes to investigate the disappearance of his prize thoroughbred Silver Blaze, whom he wants to enter in the Wessex Cup Race. On the night in question the stable is visited by a gambler hoping to get some inside information on the race but is turned away by a loyal stable boy. After the boy is drugged by opium, the horse disappears, and the trainer is found bludgeoned on a lonely moor, suspicion falls on the gambler, but if he is guilty, where is Silver Blaze? Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029#aol.com)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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13 April 1988 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: It's no good. I shall have to go.
Dr Watson: Go? Go? Go where?
Sherlock Holmes: King's Pyland.
[points to newspaper]
Dr Watson: [reads] "Last evening, Inspector Gregory of the Devonshire constabulary arrested well-known racing personality Fitzroy Simpson and charged him with the murder of trainer John Straker."
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Jeremy Brett solves another famous "Holmes" mystery...
16 June 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I would have been bored if this turned out to be a racetrack story, but SILVER BLAZE is a very clever mystery about a missing horse who disappears from his stable and goes somewhere on the moors. It takes Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to solve the mystery of his disappearance.

Not overly complicated with baffling clues, it's one of the better Holmes stories. Little by little Holmes puts together pieces of what might have happened by questioning servants and stable boys and dealing with the owner of a nearby estate who knows something about the whole episode.

The usual good photography, especially for the outdoor settings on the moors and a nice performance by PETER BARKWORTH as the owner of Silver Blaze.

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