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Sherlock Holmes gets the clues he needs to solve a murder, and to prevent another one from occurring, when he finds out that a doctor owns a poisonous snake--the deadly swamp adder.



(short story), (story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band") | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Arthur Shields ...
The Bookshop Man
Sherlock Holmes
Melville Cooper ...
Edgar Barrier ...
Richard Fraser ...
Gail Roberts ...
Jean Stoner


Soon-to-be-married Helen Stoner confides to Holmes that she is in fear for her life. A few years earlier when her sister was engaged to the same man, she died under mysterious circumstances with "the speckled band" being her last words. He brutish stepfather claims that questionable renovations to her room force him to move her into her dead sister's bedroom, and Helen seeks the aid of the Baker Street resident. After her visit Dr. Grimesby Roylott, her bullying stepfather, tries to intimidate Holmes into revealing the purpose of her visit, the Great Detective is more determined to investigate the case. Written by

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Release Date:

25 March 1949 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The impressive sets were left over from Ingrid Bergman's Joan of Arc (1948). See more »


Dr. Grimesby Roylott: [Referring to Helen] What did she want?
Sherlock Holmes: Who?
Dr. Grimesby Roylott: [Belligerently] I know my stepdaughter was here.
Sherlock Holmes: Since it's obvious you're determined to deduce matters for yourself, what need do you have for a detective?
Dr. Grimesby Roylott: I saw her leave here. What has she been saying to you?
Sherlock Holmes: That, sir, unless you're a crystal gazer, you shall never know, and now leave my quarters.
Dr. Grimesby Roylott: Very well, I shall, but I give you final warning to stay out of my affairs, and if you're tempted to forget,
[He bends an iron bar with his hands]
Dr. Grimesby Roylott: let ...
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Version of Sherlock Holmes: Das gefleckte Band (1967) See more »

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