Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 6

The Case of the Shy Ballerina (22 Nov. 1954)

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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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Ronald Howard ...
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)
Archie Duncan ...
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Elaine Chelton (as Nathalie Schafer)
Eugene Deckers ...
Serge Smernoff
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Olga Yaclanoff
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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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coat | ballerina | hat | framed | composer | See more »

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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 »

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Dr. John H. Watson: You mean you know who the murderer is?
Sherlock Holmes: Of course. Don't you?
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11 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a good episode of the 1954-55 "Sherlock Holmes" series with Ronald Howard, and when the series is good it's a very entertaining blend of a solid mystery, enjoyably wacky elements, and humorous but satisfying character moments in a half an hour. One of its strengths is that despite its short running time it can still take the time to luxuriate in well-written character scenes between Holmes and Watson in almost every episode. Here they bicker good-naturedly over Holmes' music and Watson's reading in a way that's fun, builds these versions of Holmes and Watson as believable characters (who Ronald Howard and H. Marion Crawford suit very well) and relates to the main story of the episode.

The mystery grows out of Watson accidentally taking the wrong coat and hat, then consequently getting implicated in the murder of a amateur composer. It's a very solid mystery story this week which holds up while played equally for laughs. The solution depends mainly on something Holmes observed but we should have, though it also depends partially on graphology, which is a bit less satisfying, though it realistic that the Victorian Holmes should have believed in it. Martine Alexis and Eugene Deckers play a pair of wild, stereotyped, implausibly accented, way over the top, and undeniably fun-to-watch "mad Russians," so consider yourself warned on that score. Suffice it to say that Ms Alexis' performance makes it so that the "shy" ballerina of the title is nowhere to be seen. We close with Holmes promising to devote more time to the study of women. All-in-all a fun half-hour.


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