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

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

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Chief Commisioner Blocker: You've... ah, no doubt read, Mr. Holmes...
Dr. William Watson, M.D.: Good Lord.
Chief Commisioner Blocker: ...read in the newspapers...
Dr. William Watson, M.D.: Great Scott.
Chief Commisioner Blocker: ...of certain mysterious incidents?
Arthur Sherlock Holmes: The unexpected but accurate bisecting of the Belgian foreign minister, the Royal College of Needlework massacre, the strange affair of the seven boiled bishops, and the man-eating poodles of Lambeth Palace enigma?
Chief Commisioner Blocker: No.
Dr. William Watson, M.D.: Good Lord.
Arthur Sherlock Holmes: Just as I thought.
Chief Commisioner Blocker: No, I'm referring to the mysterious shooting of Dr. Gropinger.
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Spoofs Columbo (1971) See more »

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Cleese and Lowe can't save this utterly wretched comedy
15 August 2016 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

This isn't just bad for a TV comedy, this is bad for a comedy film made by high school students.

The very first scene, in which a Kissinger-esque character mugs and does a funny voice, instantly establishes that this will be broad, amateurish comedy. The next scene with a confused U.S. president confirms it.

Things pick up when Sherlock and Watson arrive. John Cleese is quite amusing, and Arthur Lowe is marvelously funny. But the script is awful, and the acting is remarkably bad (outside of Cleese and Lowe, the only competent performance is by Connie Booth).

Basically, you've got some laughs whenever Cleese and Lowe are around, and everything else is embarrassingly bad. I'm just shocked that this was made and actually broadcast to the world. It should have been burned, and the ashes buried.


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