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The Sign of Four (1983)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery | TV Movie 7 December 1983
Hired by a young lady, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the strange recent deaths of her missing father's friends from the army, as well as the whereabouts of the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world.

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Certain events which had an impact on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, while he was still a medical student under the supervision of Dr. Bell, his teacher and mentor, on whom the character of Sherlock Holmes is partly drawn from.

Stars: Ian Richardson, Charles Edwards, Simon Chandler
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... Sherlock Holmes
David Healy ... Dr. John Watson
Thorley Walters ... Major John Sholto
... Mary Morstan
... Jonathan Small
... Inspector Layton
... Bartholomew Sholto
... Thaddeus Sholto
John Pedrick ... Tonga
... Mordecai Smith
... Williams
... McMurdo
Moti Makan ... Lal Rao
Kate Binchy ... Maid
... Mr. Sherman
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Hired by a young lady, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the strange recent deaths of her missing father's friends from the army, as well as the whereabouts of the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world.

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Thorley Walters, who had played Dr. Watson in several different projects, replaced Trevor Howard as Major John Sholto, marking the final time Walters would play a character in the Sherlock Holmes canon on screen. See more »

Goofs

The police inspector played by Terence Rigby is named "Layton", but was supposed to be the more famous Inspector Lestrade. You can clearly see Ian Richardson and the other actors mouthing the name "Lestrade" throughout the production, but for some reason they were all dubbed over with "Layton". See more »

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Follows The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983) See more »

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3 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

It really is a disaster that only SIGN and HOUN were filmed with Ian Richardson. No other has been portraying Holmes in such a smooth and witty way - not even Rathbone whom I always considered a bit too perfect and too cold. The setting and the costumes in the Sign of the Four are brilliant and the acting of all the characters is quite convincing. Unfortunately Watson is a shade too Brucian. Few changes were made to the story, but for the worse and therefore quite acceptable. It has been said more than once so far but I must repeat it: The boat chase is brilliant. I must give credit to another point. Although we do see Holmes in his Deerstalker and Inverness cape in some scenes, he mainly is dressed like a gentleman would be in those days. Richardson is not an all-cliche Holmes. 9 out of 10.


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