Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 12

The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (8 May 1965)

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Lady Frances Carfax, an independent aristocratic young woman, goes missing on holiday having dismissed her maid. Watson, later joined by Holmes, investigate a burly follower of the lady but... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Douglas Wilmer ...
Enid Lindsey ...
Peter Madden ...
Sheila Shand Gibbs ...
Ronald Radd ...
Dr. Shlessinger
Diana King ...
Mrs. Shlessinger
Roger Delgado ...
Neil Stacy ...
John Woodnutt ...
Karin MacCarthy ...
Ivor Salter ...
Police sergeant


Lady Frances Carfax, an independent aristocratic young woman, goes missing on holiday having dismissed her maid. Watson, later joined by Holmes, investigate a burly follower of the lady but he turns out to be an old flame, Philip Green ,who is anxious to rekindle his acquaintance with Lady Frances. The trail leads back to London and 'Dr. Shlessinger' a jewel thief masquerading as a holy man, from whom Holmes manage to save Lady Frances suffering a macabre fate. Written by don @ minifie-1

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15 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first I've seen of the BBC Sherlock Holmes series from the 1960s starring Douglas Wilmer (and evidently the last recorded before Wilmer left and was replaced by Peter Cushing) and I quite enjoyed it. Partially because it starts with the events surrounding the case and allows Holmes and Watson to enter later, the adaptation is very through and well-realized for the screen.

BBC productions of this era were frequently rather studio-bound, but this Holmes episode shows its production values with several sets, cutaways, and instances of location footage, making for a very good-looking production. That tendency towards the studio-bound, however, lead to programs that depended on their acting to bring the story across, and the acting here tends to be very good.

I like Douglas Wilmer a lot as Sherlock Holmes. He's a spiky but humorous and very energetic version of the character with a wonderfully expressive face and huge amounts of screen presence. Clearly a legitimately skilled actor, he makes one want to watch more of what he's doing on screen, and now I do. Nigel Stock's Watson unfortunately comes off as rather annoyingly dim-witted, only verging onto the humorously dim-witted when his fixation on the duck dinner becomes evident. I am very familiar with Roger Delgado from his regular portrayal of The Master on Doctor Who, and here he does very well as the suave continental hotelier Moser.

There are a few signs of the rushed television production of "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" -- a couple of flubbed lines that could have been rerecorded and a supposedly freshly-dead body that looks oddly like a mummy -- but on the whole it's a very entertaining and commendable version of a rarely-filmed Sherlock Holmes story.

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