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Sherlock Holmes 

The adventures of master detective Sherlock Holmes as he and his assistant, Dr. Watson--and, somewhat reluctantly, the bumbling Inspector Lestrade--battle criminals in London.
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Series cast summary:
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ...  Sherlock Holmes 39 episodes, 1954-1955
Howard Marion-Crawford ...  Dr. John H. Watson 39 episodes, 1954-1955
Archie Duncan Archie Duncan ...  Inspector Lestrade / ... 31 episodes, 1954-1955
Richard Larke Richard Larke ...  Sgt. Wilkins / ... 16 episodes, 1954-1955
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Based on the characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle: Dr. John Watson returns from Afghanistan, and decides to share lodgings in Baker Street with Sherlock Holmes, an acquaintance of one of Watson's own friends. Not long afterward, Holmes brings Watson with him when he solves a murder case that has confused Inspector Lestrade. Watson soon becomes Holmes's friend, assistant, and chronicler, as the private detective takes on one baffling case after another. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

18 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mestarisalapoliisi Sherlock Holmes See more »

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Guild Films See more »
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(39 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ronald Howard, who played Sherlock Holmes, was the son of the famous British actor Leslie Howard. In the 1980s British Sherlock Holmes TV series, one of the actors who played Dr. John Watson was Edward Hardwicke, the son of another well-known British actor, Sir Cedric Hardwicke. See more »

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Spoofed in Deduce, You Say (1956) See more »

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An Enjoyable Light Portrayal of the Familiar Characters
1 February 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Although there are a great many television and movie adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes characters and stories, most of them are well worth seeing, and many have their own particular approach to the material. This television series lasted only one season, but it has still shown up from time to time on late-night broadcasts and the like, and the whole series is now available on DVD. The half-hour episodes always furnished entertaining short mystery stories with an enjoyable light portrayal of the familiar characters.

As Holmes, Ronald Howard's upbeat, jaunty approach is noticeably different from the styles of Jeremy Brett, Basil Rathbone, and most others who have played the character. But Howard's characterization is well-suited for a fast-paced half-hour format. As Watson, H. Marion Crawford is believable and likable as the stolid, loyal straight man, and as Inspector Lestrade, Archie Duncan is amusingly befuddled.

The plots in a few of the episodes are based on original Arthur Conan Doyle stories, though sometimes with noticeable modifications. The majority, though, are new stories written to fit into the show's own format. Most of the time these fit neatly into the Victorian setting and the Holmes atmosphere, though at other times they seem a slightly odd match for the setting and characters. But every one of the episodes was entertaining and worth seeing, and that's not a bad accomplishment.


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