The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 5

The Man with the Twisted Lip (6 Aug. 1986)

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Responding to a grieving wife, Holmes investigates the apparent murder of her husband in an apartment above an opium den.

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Watson locates a husband in a London opium den and encounters a disguised Holmes there. The Great Detective is searching for another errant husband who has apparently been killed by a filthy, poetry-spouting professional beggar who lives in one of the building's upper apartments. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Neville St. Clair's final quotation, as he is burning the beggar's clothes is a misquotation from Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2, when Horatio says "Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." See more »

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In the flashback, we see Boon the beggar throwing the coat out of the window, which he explains is laden with the hundreds of coins he has collected throughout the day. However, the coat flutters down, and clearly has nothing heavy in the pockets. See more »

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Dr. John Watson: I was certainly surprised to see you in that place,
Sherlock Holmes: I suppose you think I've added opium smoking to all my other little weaknesses?
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Remake of The Man with the Twisted Lip (1921) See more »

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What a Corker!
29 January 2010 | by (London) – See all my reviews

It had been Holmes' painful duty to inform a loving, loyal and utterly determined wife that all hope was gone - her beloved respectable husband was dead, murdered in all probability by a crippled filthy beggar in some loathsome Thameside shack.

Of all the episodes in this famed TV series, the denouement to this story stands alone. Inspector Bradshaw of the "Yard" is forced in that moment to review his full 27 years of service and unable to find its like, Holmes cusses himself as a fool for failing to see what stood before his face and Watson - and the viewer - can merely stare in silent amazement. The equipment necessary for Holmes to reveal the true culprit was of the simplest kind, to be found in every household yet only Holmes could have revealed the secret and saved an innocent man from the gallows.


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