Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 2

The Case of Lady Beryl (25 Oct. 1954)

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Ronald Howard ...
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)
Lady Nina Beryl
Archie Duncan ...
Lord George Beryl
Richard Larke ...
Bobby (as K. Richard Larke)
Duncan Elliott ...


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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Entertaining Episode Featuring Paulette Goddard's Stylish Guest Appearance
2 February 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The second episode of the 1954-1955 television series "Sherlock Holmes" is an entertaining episode that makes good use of the light versions of the characters that the series established. The guest appearance by Paulette Goddard, in the role of Lady Beryl, is a particular plus to this episode. It also links up with the previous episode by starting off with an amusing scene between Watson and Lestrade at Scotland Yard.

As was the case with the majority of the episodes in the series, the mystery is a new one designed for the format of the series, rather than being based on one of Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories. (In particular, "The Case of Lady Beryl" has no connection with the Doyle story "The Beryl Coronet".) It is a simple but interesting story, in which Holmes has to prove Lady Beryl's innocence even when she insists on confessing to the crime.

Ronald Howard, H. Marion Crawford, and Archie Duncan already had good camaraderie even early in the series, and there is also an enjoyable side plot in this episode about Holmes's fanatical absorption in his chemical experiments. Goddard adds her beauty plus a stylish portrayal of the somewhat enigmatic Lady Beryl. It all adds up to a pretty good half-hour of entertainment.

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