Sherlock Holmes (1954–1955)
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The Case of the Thistle Killer 

Sherlock Holmes helps Scotland Yard to track down a killer who has been leaving three thistles next to each of the women he has murdered.



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Episode cast overview:
Ronald Howard ...
Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)
Archie Duncan ...
Richard Larke ...
Sgt. Wilkins (as Kenneth Richards)
Richard Watson ...
John Phoenix
William Smith ...
Police Superintendant


A criminal known as the 'thistle killer' is on the loose in London. For several nights in a row, he has killed a young woman, and has left three thistles near the body. Dr. Watson thinks it is the work of a maniac, but Sherlock Holmes is convinced that there is a pattern. Holmes is not surprised when Inspector Lestrade arrives to consult him. Based on his study of the locations of the killings, Holmes already knows where the next attack will take place. Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade prepare a plan to try to catch the killer in the act. Written by Snow Leopard

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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14 February 1955 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jack the Thistle
25 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is just another Jack the Ripper rip off. It involves a man who talks to women and then strangles them. He leaves three thistles on the bodies which means he is probably Scottish. He is doing this as he spells out the word "Phoenix" using the locations of his crimes. LeStrade becomes the foil here, having to see Holmes in order to satisfy his superintendent. All of it ends up in a darkened, foggy park where the principles sneak around through the fog, acting like incompetent idiots. They set up a decoy and then stand a hundred yards away, waiting for her to signal them with a telegraph key. it is about as ludicrous as you can get. It makes you wonder how they kept from laughing through the script. Don't bother with this one.

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