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A Message from the Deep Sea 

Dr. Thorndyke is asked by a former student to help on his first murder case. A prostitute is murdered and it seemed to be a woman has killed the lady. Dr. Thorndyke helps find the actual murderer with the evidence available.

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(as James Goddard)

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(novel) (as R. Austin Freeman), (dramatisation)
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Dr. Davidson
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Det. Sgt. Bates
Eve Pearce ...
Mrs. Goldstein
Morris Perry ...
Coroner
Paul Darrow ...
Dr. Hart
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Superintendent Miller
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Sam Turner
Jean Marlow ...
May O'Brien
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Paul Petrofsky
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Polton
Valerie Bell ...
Kate Wilfer
Joanna Cooper ...
Edith Johnson
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Dr. Thorndyke is asked by a former student to help on his first murder case. A prostitute is murdered and it seemed to be a woman has killed the lady. Dr. Thorndyke helps find the actual murderer with the evidence available.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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20 September 1971 (UK)  »

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Dr. Jervis: You're quite right.
Dr. Thorndyke: I should prefer you to add 'As always' to that remark.
Dr. Jervis: As always.
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Mystery for the medical man
29 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes centred on fictional detectives created or set around the same time as Conan Doyle's great mastermind. Despite this premise being a little shaky - was there a danger of amateur sleuths outnumbering the police?

This episode features Dr Thorndyke, played by John Neville, who is first a medical man and second a solver of mysteries. A young girl has been murdered in her boarding house and the solution looks obvious - but is it?

Neville plays the sleuth with aplomb and this is a strong opening episode. The character is arrogant, capable, and likable - and of course his intelligence makes his police colleagues and/or adversaries look like idiots!


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