Father Dowling Mysteries (1989–1991)
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The Consulting Detective Mystery 

A man is murdered in his house as he is hiding a paper in a candlestick holder.


Sharron Miller


Dean Hargrove (developed for television by), Joel Steiger (developed for television by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Tom Bosley ... Father Frank Dowling
Tracy Nelson ... Sister Stephanie 'Steve' Oskowski
James Stephens ... Father Philip Prestwick
Mary Wickes ... Marie Murkin
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... Sherlock Holmes (as Rupert Frazier)
Patrick Kilpatrick ... The Killer
Kevin Scannell Kevin Scannell ... Larry Gable
Kurt Fuller ... Lloyd Eastland
Susan Krebs ... Mrs. Maggie Eastland
Regina Krueger Regina Krueger ... Sgt. Clancy
Richard Roat ... Martin Kruicki
Emory Bass Emory Bass ... Auctioneer
Timothy Stack ... Stu
Richie Allan ... Werner
Biff Yeager ... Security Guard


A man is murdered in his house as he is hiding a paper in a candlestick holder.

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sherlock holmes | See All (1) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

25 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The car sister stephanie 'steve' oskowski wink wink 'takes for a test drive' is a black pontiac firebird trans am (the same color, make and model as the knight 2000 car from the original knight rider). See more »


Father Dowling Theme
Written by Dick DeBenedictis (as Dick De Benedictis)
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Sherlock Holmes helps Father Dowling
1 June 2014 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

A man is murdered in his house as he is hiding a paper in a candlestick holder. He sees the intruder and tell him the police will be there any minute because he made a security breach in the man's house.

The man does kill the resident and does not get the candlestick holder because the cops come.

Later on in the story a man is seen in the church stealing a candlestick holder from the altar. It happens more than once and Father Dowling does his own investigation and comes up with clues. He is a fan of Sherlock Holmes. He plays amateur detective and cause problems for the person he blames.

Father Dowling is distraught for causing problems and a man appears in his house sitting in a chair smoking a pipe. When the man turns around it is Sherlock Holmes. He tells Father Dowling he came to help him.

Marie the house cook, Father Phil and Sister Steve all hear Father talking to someone but when they open the door Father is alone.

They don't know what to think. Father and Sherlock work together and only Father Dowling can see Sherlock Holmes.

Nice fantasy, good ending.

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