The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Season 2, Episode 3

Cell 13 (12 Feb. 1973)

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Irked by the grandiose boasts of the warden of Grangemoor prison, Prof. Van Dusen wagers he can escape from the vaunted high-security facility in less than a week. Daring him to "think his way out," the prison staff accepts the challenge.

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Douglas Wilmer ...
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Governor
Ray Smith ...
Chief prison officer
Clifford Rose ...
Ransome
Donald Pickering ...
Fielding
Michael Meacham ...
Ballard
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Hutchinson Hatch
Derek Ware ...
Escaping prisoner
Davyd Harries ...
Officer
Janet Davies ...
Perkins
Peter Jolley ...
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Irked by the grandiose boasts of the warden of Grangemoor prison, Prof. Van Dusen wagers he can escape from the vaunted high-security facility in less than a week. Daring him to "think his way out," the prison staff accepts the challenge.

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A Good Introduction to Van Dusen
14 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first time we see the eminent professor and this also happens to have been the first story written by Jacques Futrelle containing Van Dusen. This story ran as a series in a Sunday supplement for a number of weeks; with readers invited to send in the guesses to the solution before the last part was published. Amazingly enough one reader was able to determine the exact solution before it was published.

This adaptation is interesting as it is the first theatrical adaptation of the professor that I can determine. I do not believe he was seen in film (or videotape) before. Of note is that Wilmer portrayed Sherlock Holmes in other plays; in fact, there are a number of actors who portray a "rival" to Holmes who also portrayed the Baker Street detective in other venues. This episode is interesting in that it is, strictly speaking, not a criminal investigation nor a "whodunit" but more of a "howdidhedoit?" It is artfully carried out and well worth viewing.


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