A cowgirl from a visiting rodeo show asks Sherlock Holmes to help her when she discovers a dead man in her hotel room.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ronald Howard ...
Sherlock Holmes
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)
Archie Duncan ...
Richard Larke ...
Sergeant Wilkins (as Kenneth Richards)
Lucille Vines ...
Minnie O'Malley


A covered wagon from "Bison Jake's Wild West Rodeo" pulls up outside 221B Baker Street, and cowgirl Minnie O'Malley goes inside to see Sherlock Holmes. She tells the detective that she has found a dead man in her hotel room, apparently killed by a tomahawk that she uses in her act. At her request, Holmes and Dr. Watson move the body to a different room, so that Minnie can avoid a scandal that might cause trouble for her British fiancé. Then, when Inspector Lestrade arrives on the scene to investigate, Holmes proceeds to the business of solving the case. He has already uncovered the crucial clue that there is a second tomahawk at the murder scene. Written by Snow Leopard

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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8 November 1954 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Minnie: Wait here, Slim. I'll be down in two shakes.
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Compared to other episodes, gets a lone star
8 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Sheldon Reynolds "Sherlock Holmes" series starring Ronald Howard had a lot of success taking the familiar characters of Holmes and Watson, and putting them in bizarre, humorous, and outlandish situations (or with such people) for comic and novel effect. The idea of Holmes solving a case brought to him by an uncouth Texas cowgirl certainly has possibilities, but on this occasion the execution lets the show down. Though Ronald Howard and H. Marion Crawford turn in their usual good efforts as Holmes and Watson, this episode depends heavily on Lucille Vines' performance as Minnie the cowgirl. Unfortunately, she's not very good.

Vines plays her part as the broadest possible stereotype in a bad accent that sounds more minstrel-show than Texas, and delivers a lot of flat and awkward line readings. There is some good material in the script (and especially fun is the scene where Watson is literally lassoed into participating in Holmes' investigation) but the crucial element of a guest star who has comic charisma and timing to pull of the material is missing. This hurts especially since the mystery of the episode is fairly standard and mainly distinguished by the fact that it involved a tomahawk.

This episode is silly enough to be entertaining, but it isn't especially good compared to other equally silly entries in this series.

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