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The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977)

The grandson of the world's first and foremost consulting detective and his bumbling, bionic sidekick attempt to catch the only living descendant of Professor Moriarty.

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Joseph McGrath

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Jack Hobbs (teleplay), Joseph McGrath (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Arthur Sherlock-Holmes
Arthur Lowe ... Dr. William Watson, M.D.
Ron Moody ... Dr. Henry Gropinger
Holly Palance ... Air Hostess
Joss Ackland ... President
Val Pringle Val Pringle ... Black CIA Man
Bill Mitchell Bill Mitchell ... Klein
Christopher Malcolm ... The Other CIA Man (as Chris Malcolm)
Gyearbuor Asante Gyearbuor Asante ... African Delegate (as Christopher Asante)
Denholm Elliott ... English Delegate
Nick Tate ... 1st Australian
Josephine Tewson ... Miss Hoskins
Burt Kwouk ... Chinese Delegate
Stratford Johns ... Chief Commisioner Blocker
Connie Booth ... Mrs. Hudson / Francine Moriarty
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Storyline

The grandchild of Professor James Moriarty had promised the world that it has only five days left to live. Moriarty is a master of disguise, a crack shot, and is very patient. Several government figures are shot to death, and it seems that it truly is the end of civilization as we know it- until the President learns that the grandson of Sherlock Holmes is living at 221B Baker Street, and send the Police Commisioner of Scotland Yard to employ him. Unfortunately, Arthur Sherlock Holmes is a quick-tempered, ranting, violent bungler, and his assistant, Dr. William Watson (grandson of Dr. John H. Watson) is one of the most moronic creatures ever to walk the earth, although he is invaluable because he has "bionic bits". Holmes has inherited a drug habit from his grandfather, one which his housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson, is less than discreet about, and the sleek Moriarty is also one step ahead of him, eventually murdering the police commisioner. Finally, Holmes decides to hold a party, inviting ... Written by Bloggers!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dziwna sprawa konca cywilizacji See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Colombo character drives up in a Sunbeam Talbot convertible,, whereas in the Colombo series Peter Falk drove a Peugeot convertible. See more »

Goofs

The shot dead Australian cop laying over the table, can clearly be seen breathing at a rapid pace. See more »

Quotes

Dr. William Watson, M.D.: [Explaining the inadvertent demise of the Police Commissioner by stabbing] He's taken a turn for the worse, I'm afraid. He's terribly ill. In fact he's so desperately ill, he's dead.
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Spoofs McCloud (1970) See more »

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A strange case, indeed
11 August 2003 | by craigjclarkSee all my reviews

Not the most successful television project John Cleese ever did, "Strange Case" has the feel of a first draft that was rushed into production before any revisions could be made. There are some silly ideas throughout and even a few clever ones, but the story as a whole unfortunately doesn't add up to much.

Arthur Lowe is a hoot, though, as Dr. Watson, bionic bits and all. "Good Lord."


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