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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: King of Blackmailers 

Korol shantazha (original title)
Mycroft Holmes hands Sherlock Holmes the case of the Master Blackmailer.


Igor Maslennikov


Arthur Conan Doyle (short story "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" from volume "The Return of Sherlock Holmes"), Vladimir Valutskiy (screenplay)




Episode cast overview:
Vasiliy Livanov ... Sherlock Holmes
Vitali Solomin ... Dr. Watson
Rina Zelyonaya ... Mrs. Hudson
Valentina Panina ... A woman
Borislav Brondukov ... Inspector Lestrade
Boris Ryzhukhin ... Charles Augustus Milverton
Boris Klyuev ... Mycroft Holmes
Anatoliy Podshivalov
Svetlana Kryuchkova ... Agata


Holmes and Watson return from Manor House to London by train and discuss the newly discovered crime and the death of a certain Lord Huxley. At home, Holmes receives a letter from his older brother Mycroft, an employee of the Foreign Ministry and a member of the Diogenes Club; In the letter he asks for a meeting. Holmes remarks that the gift of deduction, with which he skillfully reveals crimes, Mycroft is much more powerful than his brother. The meeting with the brother takes place in the club "Diogenes", where conversations are prohibited, but in a special office where you can talk. Mycroft gives a letter to some lady Eva Brackwell, in which she asks to get rid of the machinations of Charles Milverton - London's most vile criminal, blackmailer and extortionist. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




Soviet Union



Release Date:

September 1980 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Lenfilm Studio See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Another superb entry in the Russian Sherlock Holmes saga
26 December 2008 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

This third episode, following The Acquaintance and Bloody Signature, finds Sherlock Holmes turning into a thief to sneak into the mansion of a professional blackmailer and retrieve certain scandalous documents for a duchess about to be married. Mycroft Holmes, acting as the intermediate between the duchess and his brother Sherlock, is introduced for the first time in the series. The heist staged by Holmes and Watson doesn't go exactly as planned however and they become the targets of unsuspecting Lestrade's search. In the end a peculiar letter signed with the monogram "M" arrives at 221 Baker Street and while I'm not sure, I believe it heralds the appearance of Holmes' arch nemesis, the diabolic Professor Moriarty, in one of the consequent entries.

The style and quality is consistent with the previous two movies. Filmed in rich colours, heavy on reds, blacks and browns, with a dark, baroque ambiance, although perhaps a bit too dark for visibility's sake in places (some day-for-night filming takes place too). Vasili Livanov and Vitali Solomin once again make for a terrific duo, in their respective roles as Holmes and Watson, undoubtedly making a strong candidate for the finest Holmes-Watson pair in the characters' history.

Overall, King of Blackmailers is an engrossing murder mystery, pleasing to the eye and not without a couple of funny moments either.

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