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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.


Peter Hammond


T.R. Bowen (screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (based on "The Noble Bachelor") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Doctor Watson / Dr Watson
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Inspector Montgomery
Simon Williams ... Lord Robert St. Simon
Paris Jefferson ... Henrietta Doran
Anna Calder-Marshall ... Lady Helena / Agnes Northcote
Mary Ellis ... Lady Florence
Phillada Sewell Phillada Sewell ... Lady Mary
Elspeth March ... Lady Blanche
Heather Chasen Heather Chasen ... Hon. Amelia St. Simon
Bob Sessions Bob Sessions ... Aloysius Doran
Joanna McCallum ... Flora Miller
Myles Hoyle Myles Hoyle ... Thomas Floutier
Bruce Myers 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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Release Date:

10 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play that the actors rehearse is Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts from 1881. See more »


At the wedding, Flora Miller claws some lovely deep scratches onto Lord St Simon's face. By the time St Simon subsequently visits Holmes, they've vanished without trace.... 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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Don't get cocky..
16 May 2013 | by MarmadukebagelholeSee all my reviews

One can only assume that the producers of Granada's overall fantastic series had become emboldened by its success and reputation, and had decided to show off by the time they came to make this and some of the other feature length stories. Justified though they may be for presuming that they had possibly made the definitive films of Conan Doyle's work, they clearly didn't recognise that Brett is mainly responsible for bringing the mythology so vividly to life. That can be the only explanation for totally illogical sequencing, disorienting camera-work and the altogether odd atmosphere. If they were trying to reflect Holmes state of mind at the time then they went way over the top. How the viewer is expected to accept that Holmes could solve this case while being as confused as they are in trying to figure out just what is happening on screen and in what sequence we are seeing it. Would have been better if this had resolved itself or been shown to be contextually relevant. But by the end it becomes apparent it was just for its own sake.

The final scene between Holmes and Lestrade in The Six Napoleons evokes more pathos, conveys more emotion and reveals more surprises while at the same time delivering the familiar more satisfyingly than in the entire duration of this film.

Nevertheless, Brett and Hardwicke are great. Always.

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