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The Return of the World's Greatest Detective (1976)

A Los Angeles cop falls off his motorcycle, strikes his head and wakes up believing himself to be Sherlock Holmes. Along with the social worker who is treating him, he sets out to solve the murder of an embezzler.

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Dean Hargrove
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Hagman ... Sherman Holmes
Jenny O'Hara ... Dr. Joan Watson
Nicholas Colasanto ... Lieutenant Nick Tinker
Woodrow Parfrey ... Himmel
Helen Verbit Helen Verbit ... Landlady
Ivor Francis ... Spiner
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... Judge Clement Harley
Ron Silver ... Dr. Collins
Sid Haig ... Vince Cooley
Booth Colman Booth Colman ... Psychiatrist
Lieux Dressler ... Mrs. Slater
Fuddle Bagley Fuddle Bagley ... Detective
Benny Rubin ... Klinger
Robert Snively Robert Snively ... Manager
Jude Farese Jude Farese ... Caretaker
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A Los Angeles cop falls off his motorcycle, strikes his head and wakes up believing himself to be Sherlock Holmes. Along with the social worker who is treating him, he sets out to solve the murder of an embezzler.

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Comedy | Mystery | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1976 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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2 things. The summary is wrong. He did not fall off his motorcycle. The motorcycle fell on top of him while he is reading. Holmes keeps smoking his calabash. He would have several pipes on hand. The calabash would turn sour with constant use. See more »

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Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) See more »

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Hagman is great in comedy stuff.
16 September 2006 | by rkershSee all my reviews

I liked this even though it wasn't great. I would like to see it again in fact if it is ever on again. It was a good idea and played well by Larry Hagman. A bit silly, but a nice spoof of Sherlock Holmes. I am a Holmes fan and have seen most of the stuff done by Jeremy Brett, Basil Rathbone and others. I thought this might be some sort of pilot, but I guess it would have been too hard to pull off week in and week out, although with the right budget and better quality it might have worked. Jenny O'Hara was good as Doc Watson as well. I thought it was funny and really played tongue in cheek by Hagman and O'Hara which made it work well. I do think the writing could have been better though for what it was it worked.

Considering the recent (subsequent to my writing this review in 2006) proliferation of Holmesian vehicles, both in the movies by Mr. Downey and the most recent stuff by Mister's Cumberbatch and Miller, seems like Mr. Hagman was ahead of his time and this effort goes unnoticed, especially if you consider Elementary, Mr. Miller's effort.

2016 and still looking for this somewhere to be seen again.


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