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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.

Director:

Igor Maslennikov

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (novel), Arthur Conan Doyle (stories) | 2 more credits »
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Episode credited cast:
Vasiliy Livanov ... Sherlock Holmes
Vitali Solomin ... Dr. Watson
Rina Zelyonaya ... Mrs. Hudson
Borislav Brondukov ... Inspector Lestrade
Valentina Panina
Mariya Solomina ... Helen Stoner / Julia Stoner (as Marina Solomina)
Gennadiy Bogachyov Gennadiy Bogachyov
Igor Dmitriev ... Inspector Gregson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
A. Aristov A. Aristov
Viktor Aristov ... (as V. Aristov)
Vitali Baganov ... (as V. Baganov)
L. Ilyin L. Ilyin
Nikolay Karachentsov ... Jefferson Hope
Oleg Khromenkov
Boris Klyuev ... Mycroft Holmes
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When a murder happens with a bloody inscription and a ring left behind, puzzled Scotland Yard detectives go to Sherlock Holmes for help.

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

PG-13
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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

22 March 1980 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Bloody Inscription See more »

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Version of Sherlock: A Study in Pink (2010) See more »

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Bloody good
13 November 2009 | by hte-trasmeSee all my reviews

The Soviet TV films of Sherlock Holmes starring Vasili Livanov as the detective have been uniformly stylish and engrossing viewing from what I have seen so far. This particular film picks up with adapting the first Holmes story, "A Study in Scarlet" after its predecessor had been composed of the scenes of Holmes and Watson meeting from that novel, and the mystery story from "The Speckled Band." Though it is among the more famous Holmes stories, novel-length, and introduces the character, "A Study in Scarlet" is rarely adapted because, in part of the long stretch set in Utah in which Holmes and Watson do not figure.

Here, however, adapting just the London parts with the backstory revealed only through exposition works very well: the film progresses from good-humored and fascinating character scenes between Holmes and Watson, played really wonderfully and memorably by Livanov and Vitali Solomin, to a riveting murder-adventure story, to the very human story of what drove the killer to murder and how he did it -- all underscoring the message of there being more to ever crime than just the fact of the killing, and, as Holmes points out, that sometimes the killer can evoke more sympathy than the victim.

Like the other entries in this Lenfilm Holmes cycle, this production oozes quality, and I don't hesitate to recommend it.


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