Professor Moriarty returns to kill Sherlock Holmes and unleashes a complex and clever plan to lure the great detective to his death.


Peter H. Hunt


Arthur Conan Doyle (characters), William Gillette (play)


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Episode credited cast:
Frank Langella ... Sherlock Holmes
Susan Clark ... Madge Larrabee
Stephen Collins ... Larrabee
Richard Woods Richard Woods ... Dr. John H. Watson
George Morfogen George Morfogen ... Prof. Moriarty
Laurie Kennedy Laurie Kennedy ... Alice Faulkner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Atkins ... Craigin
Louis Beachner Louis Beachner ... Sidney Prince
Robert Brolli Robert Brolli ... Forton
Yusef Bulos ... Count von Stalburg
William Duell William Duell ... Parsons
Hugo N. Furst Hugo N. Furst ... Cab man
Jennifer Harmon Jennifer Harmon ... Mrs. Smeedley
Frank Maraden Frank Maraden ... Leary
Michael Quill Michael Quill ... John


Professor Moriarty returns to kill Sherlock Holmes and unleashes a complex and clever plan to lure the great detective to his death.

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Release Date:

15 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes: The Strange Case of Alice Faulkner See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This production was produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival as a stage play. It was filmed for television by A&E as one of their 'A&E Stage' attempts to support arts and cultural performances. Unfortunately, the melodramatic acting style that works in a 600-seat theater didn't translate well to the media of television, particularly in close-ups. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original 1981 HBO broadcast version does not show the entire Williamstown Theater Festival play. Instead it opens with a scene of Dr. Watson narrating the details of what is not shown. He fills in backstory for what is only implied in the deleted portion. His narrative then fades into the remainder of the play's Act I. This version ends with the final curtain of the play. See more »


Version of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984) See more »

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Sir A.C.Doyle would be proud
12 July 2006 | by wytchSee all my reviews

This portrayal of the character of Holmes was done as if he were a real true to life type hero. Flesh and blood with flaws and feelings. The usual actor would play him as a flawless calculating type superman who has no hang ups or issues with people in general. Holmes is a very flawed 'human' when you flesh him out and he would have been the man that Langella showed us in this production.

If Holmes was such a perfect character then why can't he master the violin? Why the addictions? Why does he refuse a romantic life with a woman? He's very much a real being and if met in life most people might find him a bit like our modern day MONK from the t.v. series. "Elementary my dear Watson..."

Most of the fabulous characters that we now adore in the detective world in film and television are just like him but updated to a more modern type of person. If this man took drugs to make him more normal as we do with intense personalities, he'd never have been the fabulous character that he's always been to us. Thank God Holmes was never introduced to Prozac!

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