Sherlock Holmes (1954–1955)
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The Case of the Shy Ballerina 

Dr. Watson accidentally comes home from his club with another man's coat, providing an important clue when the other man is murdered late that same night.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ronald Howard ...
Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)
Archie Duncan ...
Elaine Chelton (as Nathalie Schafer)
Eugene Deckers ...
Serge Smernoff
Martine Alexis ...
Olga Yaclanoff


As Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson prepare to go out for a walk, Watson realizes that he has accidentally picked up another man's coat at his club. He also finds a note in the pocket with an odd, seemingly meaningless message. Just then, the man whose coat Watson has arrives to exchange coats, but in making the exchange, the two accidentally exchange hats as well. When Holmes and Watson go to the man's home to return his hat, the man's wife recognizes Holmes and asks for his help, telling him that her husband is being blackmailed by a ballerina whom he met in Russia. When the man is murdered late that same night, Inspector Lestrade suspects the ballerina, and asks for Holmes's help. Written by Snow Leopard

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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22 November 1954 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The ballerina in the story uses the name "Olga Yaclanoff." A real Russian woman would have used the female form of the last name, "Yaclanova." See more »


Dr. John H. Watson: Do you know who murdered Chelton, then?
Sherlock Holmes: Yes, of course I do. Don't you?
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Watch Your Coat
24 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watson loses his coat and hat. A man at his club has inadvertently switched his with Watson. A cryptic note is in the pocket. The man is murdered shortly thereafter and the boys become involved in the solving of the crime. The principles are a noble woman, a Russian ballerina, and a hammy artist. Everything is so silly that it's hard to take the episode very seriously. This is about passion, but it's hard to believe that this knucklehead would attract the affection of the noblewoman. Watson, for a while, is accused by LeStrade of being the murderer because his derby was found at the scene. A pretty lame effort to frame him considering Holmes was there when Watson tried on the hat. It was too small. Say, I wonder if there aren't some similarities between this and the O. J. Simpson trial. If the hat don't fit; you must acquit.

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