Sherlock Holmes: Season 2, Episode 16

The Blue Carbuncle (23 Dec. 1968)

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After Holmes turns down the imperious Lady Morcar's demand that he help her locate a stolen priceless blue carbuncle, the gem turns up in a Christmas goose.



(dramatisation), (story) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Madge Ryan ...
James Beck ...
Richard Butler ...
Michael Robbins ...
Frank Middlemass ...
Ernest Hare ...
Neil Fitzpatrick ...
Clyde Pollitt ...
Police Sergeant
Grace Arnold ...
Edna Doré ...
Mrs. Oakshott (as Edna Dore)
Diana Chappell ...


A blue carbuncle, a valuable jewel, is stolen from Lady Morcar, and an innocent workman charged and remanded in the run-up to Christmas. Holmes gets a visitor, a gentleman who belongs to a Christmas Club putting money by to purchase a goose for his Christmas dinner. Someone has tried to steal his goose. Another member of the club finds the carbuncle in the goose he has bought. Who put it there? Holmes must find out if one family is to avoid a miserable Yuletide. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Last episode for Cushing's Holmes
6 May 2009 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

The Christmas broadcast (Dec 23 1968) of "The Blue Carbuncle" brought this season of Holmes adventures to a close, with the detective trying to recover the title object, a lost or stolen gem belonging to Lady Morcar (Madge Ryan). The holiday festivities do feature in the story, and provide the motivation for the rather surprising denouement. As always, Peter Cushing is a delight; his performances showed no signs of the hurried schedule rejected by previous Holmes Douglas Wilmer. Alas, he would go on to play the role only once more in the 1984 telefilm "The Masks of Death," opposite Sir John Mills (his co-star in 1954's "The End of the Affair") as a warm and serious Watson.

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