Sherlock Holmes (1954–1955)
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The Case of the Cunningham Heritage 

Dr. John Watson meets private detective Sherlock Holmes, and assists him in solving a case that has confused Inspector Lestrade.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ronald Howard ...
Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)
Archie Duncan ...
Meg Lemonnier ...
Mrs. Cunningham
Ursula Howells ...
Roland Bartrop ...
Lord Stamford (as Rowland Bartrop)
Pierre Gay ...


Dr. John Watson has just returned to London, after being wounded while serving with the military in Afghanistan. While looking for a place to live, a friend puts him in touch with Sherlock Holmes, and the two agree to share lodgings in Baker Street. Holmes proves an interesting if eccentric companion. When Holmes receives a message from the police, Watson learns that he is a private consulting detective, and soon finds himself assisting Holmes in investigating a murder case. Peter Cunningham has been found stabbed to death, with his fiancée standing over him holding a knife - but Scotland Yard's Inspector Lestrade is baffled by the lack of a motive for the crime. Written by Snow Leopard

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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18 October 1954 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unlike most Holmes stories, this episode and the next, "The Case of Lady Beryl", are solved within a twenty-four hour period. See more »


Version of A Study in Scarlet (1914) See more »

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A pleasant hello to Holmes and Watson
27 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Case of the Cunningham Heritage" is the introduction to Sheldon Reynolds' series of half-hour Sherlock Holmes stories starring Ronald Howard, and according to the credits Reynolds Himself wrote this one. It's opening scenes, based not-too-tightly on the Conan Doyle story "A Study in Scarlet" are very pleasant viewing and give a good, compact introduction to this series' versions of Holmes and Dr. Watson. It's appropriate that this series, with Ronald Howard and a more enthusiastic and energetic Holmes, should start with him and Watson in their younger days. H. Marion Crawford gives a good performance as his likable, bluff, and competent Watson encountering the bizarre Holmes for the first time.

Adapting from a novel at the beginning in such time constraints, however, seems to necessitate the use of narration by Watson; it doesn't integrate well and seems to reduce the sense of immediacy on screen. The mystery itself suffers from being rushed due to the time spent on introducing Holmes and Watson, so we get the bare bones of the mechanics of the crime and solution without much character involvement. What there is is played very straight, to the point of slightly silly melodrama. In the scene in which the suspected murder was pleading her innocence, I actually thought it was going to be revealed that the story involved characters who were appearing in a local amateur theatrical production. We also get a good introduction to this series' extra-incompetent and temperamental version of Inspector Lestrade. His over-the-top character -- the series -- have usually seemed to work better for me so far when they don't take themselves too seriously.

On the whole this isn't a bad episode, but mainly good as a pleasant hello to the two stars of this "Sherlock Holmes" series rather than as a representative episode in itself.

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