Lady Beryl confesses to a murder that was committed at her home, but Sherlock Holmes is convinced that she is innocent.

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Ronald Howard ...
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Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)
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Lady Nina Beryl
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Annoyed by a newspaper account that fails to give Sherlock Holmes proper credit for solving the Cunningham case, Dr. Watson goes to Scotland Yard to complain to Inspector Lestrade. While Watson is with the inspector, word arrives that a murder has been committed at the home of Lord Beryl. Lestrade takes Watson with him, and sends word for Holmes to join them, but Holmes delays his departure because he is absorbed in a chemical experiment. When Lestrade and Watson arrive, Lady Beryl confesses to shooting the victim, an Austrian agent. Later, when they tell Holmes the facts of the case, Holmes is immediately convinced that Lady Beryl is innocent, and he sets out to find the real murderer. Written by Snow Leopard

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25 October 1954 (USA)  »

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Unlike most Holmes tales, this case is solved within twenty-four hours of the resolution of "The Case of the Cunningham Heritage". See more »

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By no means poison
3 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Case of Lady Beryl" was the second episode of 1950s Sherlock Holmes television series starring Ronald Howard, and it's a very good one. This series featured almost all original stories about the Great Detective, so this episode, despite the title, is not based on the Conan Doyle story "The Beryl Coronet." Here, the series' lighthearted tone mixes very well with a mystery that is largely played straight. It opens rather nicely with a follow-up to end the of the previous installment of the series, then continues with some very pleasant, well-written and lightly humorous scenes that further establish the characters of Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade within the series, as the latter two agree on the newspaper's coverage of the Cunningham case then go off to investigate a murder, while Holmes hears about it and is too engrossed by making tea and poison with the messenger to do anything about it. Inspector Lestade, while he still misses everything important to the case, seems far less glaringly incompetent here than in other episodes. One can actually image that he would have kept his job longer than a week.

The mystery itself here, while not too difficult to solve after a certain point, is a clever one if not flashy. One thing it has going for it is that the lack of much character development for the suspects becomes an advantage, since a large part of the mystery consists of why Lady Beryl lied about having killed the victim. Paulette Goddard makes a guest appearance which gives her a chance to act without being too involved. There is also a chance for some extended scenes of dazzling deductions on Holmes' part which are very well played and written. This episode probably establishes him as the most absentminded master detective in history with its punchline.

A very entertaining entry which gets the series proper -- once we have been introduced to who Sherlock Holmes and Watson are -- off to a worthy start.


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