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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Bloody Inscription 

Krovavaya nadpis (original title)
When a murder happens with a bloody inscription and a ring left behind, puzzled Scotland Yard detectives go to Sherlock Holmes for help.


Igor Maslennikov, Viktor Sergeev (co-director)


Arthur Conan Doyle (novel), Yuli Dunsky (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vasiliy Livanov ... Sherlock Holmes
Vitali Solomin ... Dr. Watson
Rina Zelyonaya ... Mrs. Hudson
Boryslav Brondukov ... Inspector Lestrade
Igor Dmitriev ... Inspector Gregson (as I. Dmitriev)
Nikolay Karachentsov ... Jefferson Hope
Adolf Ilin ... Enoch Drebber
Viktor Aristov ... Joseph Stangerson (as V. Aristov)
Oleg Khromenkov ... Courier
Lyubov Tishchenko ... False widow
Vitali Baganov ... Rance - constable (as V. Baganov)
Boris Livanov Jr. Boris Livanov Jr. ... Homeless boy
Yakov Naishuler Yakov Naishuler ... Cabman
Aleksey Shato-Ba Aleksey Shato-Ba ... Homeless boy
Igor Okrepilov Igor Okrepilov ... Police photographer


Holmes receives from Inspector Gregson a message about a strange case in an abandoned house on Brixton Road: the body of an elderly American was found there without signs of violence, and the word "revenge" is written on the wall with blood. The case is led by Inspector Lestrade, who does not perceive Holmes as a detective. After some time, another American was killed with a knife in the hotel - Joseph Stangerson, who was suspected of the first murder, at the crime scene they also find the word "revenge" written on the wall with blood. Sherlock Holmes finds the killer. This is a certain American Jefferson Hope, who took revenge on the former members of the Mormon sect - the murderers of his fiancée Lucy Ferrier and her father John. As an instrument of revenge, he proposed swallowing one of the two pills, the other Hopp swallowed himself. One of the pills was a dummy, the second contained potent poison. The first American - Enek Drebber - swallowed the poison pill and died, the second ... Written by zoroman2008

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Crime | Mystery


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And the award for worst English subtitles in a foreign language Sherlockian film goes to...
26 June 2018 | by willisfrickSee all my reviews

Amazon Prime now offers (free with prime) Sherlock Holmes: A Blood Inscription, one of the Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin Russian language films with English subtitles. The film is interesting, if a bit slow moving, and the stars well suited for their roles. Production quality is high as well.

The Sherlockian story is called "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", about a deadly snake with curious coloration.

But the subtitles! A few typos and misspelling were not that bad. It did not bother me too much that Stamford became Stanford. On the other hand, StockMoron was bit much for "Stoke Moran," the house where the adventure takes place.

But then, Helen Stoner, sitting at 221b, describes her situation and death of her sister, which shown in flashback. The subtitle of the dramatic moment, when her sister collapses and says her dying words, was, "A motley ribbon". Sherlock Holmes then repeats back "motley ribbon" to make sure he got it right.

That just doesn't work!

The red herring of a Gypsy band on the grounds should be replaced by the travelling crew of a rock band who sell their brand of ladies finery on the side.

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23 March 1980 (Soviet Union) See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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