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The Eligible Bachelor 

Sherlock Holmes' problem with disturbing dreams proves to be both an impediment and an aid in the search for a missing woman.



(screenplay), (based on "The Noble Bachelor") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Sherlock Holmes
... Doctor Watson / Dr Watson
... Mrs Hudson
Geoffrey Beevers ... Inspector Montgomery
... Lord Robert St. Simon
... Henrietta Doran
... Lady Helena / Agnes Northcote
... Lady Florence
Phillada Sewell ... Lady Mary
... Lady Blanche
Heather Chasen ... Hon. Amelia St. Simon
Bob Sessions ... Aloysius Doran
Joanna McCallum ... Flora Miller
Myles Hoyle ... Thomas Floutier
Bruce Myers ... Gallagher


Sherlock Holmes is unwell and suffering from intense, disturbing dreams. He is also bored with little to do and only the most routine and trivial cases offered to him. Mrs. Hudson is so worried that she summons Dr. Watson, who suggests Holmes consider a trip to Vienna to visit a new doctor who seems to specialize in interpreting dreams, Sigmund Freud; but, Holmes is soon approached by Lord Robert St. Simon over the sudden disappearance of his wife, Hettie. They had only just married when his new bride became deeply disturbed upon leaving the church. He admits to also having had actress Flora Miller as his one-time mistress, a jilted lady who's lately been making trouble for him. He was also previously married, twice, with his first wife dying and his second marriage annulled. It's not till Sherlock receives a visit from Agnes Northcote, sister of Lord Robert's second wife Helena, that he fully realizes the extent of Lord St. Simon's barbarity. When he learns the true reason for ... Written by garykmcd

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10 February 1994 (USA)  »

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The Oscar Wilde quote comes from his 1895 play The Importance of Being Earnest and reads: "To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness." See more »


Another scratched face: Agnes Northcote's facial disfigurement switches from the left side of her face, when first revealed. to the right side when she is sitting while Holmes is telling her that he envies her for having a worthwhile opponent. They probably didn't even bother to make her up with scars for that scene - she just remains positioned so that only her "unscarred" left side can be seen. See more »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: This is the asylum at Varnish.
Dr Watson: The misery there must be behind those walls. Hm.
Sherlock Holmes: There's no escape from the terrors of the mind.
Dr Watson: Indeed. Well, another case concluded.
Sherlock Holmes: Pah! I needn't have left Baker Street. An observant child could have solved it.
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Sherlock Holmes?
23 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

Of the three feature length adaptations Granda made of Conan-Doyle's novels (rather than the usual 50 min ones) this was the one that veered the most from the original tale. The original idea of mistaken identity is turned into a surreal gothic horror, with the hero of the original story now a serial murderer and bigamist. Holmes is also turned into a detective with a more tortured soul and what appears to be second sight.

The story, however, benefits from this as the original short story was a little bland and boring. Brett rises to the challenge and gives one of his best ever performances, and Simon Callow is suitably suarve and evil as the main protagonist.

Generally, a sumptious adaptation, given a 90's polish and reworking!

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