A nervous landlady brings a mysterious boarder to Holmes' attention, leading to a secret society and the efforts of a young couple to escape their past.

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... Sherlock Holmes
... Doctor Watson
... Mrs Hudson
Betty Marsden ... Mrs Warren
... Mr Warren
... Gorgiano
... Gennaro Lucca
Sophia Diaz ... Emilia Lucca
... Inspector Hawkins
... Leverton
... Firmani
Louise Heaney ... Vera
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Sherlock Holmes is approached by Mrs. Hudson to assist a friend of hers. The lady also lets furnished rooms and is now worried about what one of her boarders may be up to. The man had come to her 10 days before and paid her an exorbitant amount to ensure complete privacy during his stay. His meals are left outside his door and no one enters the room. Now the landlady can't sleep at night wondering what the person is up to. Based on the available information, it's apparent to Holmes that the lodger is an Italian gentleman who had recently arrived from New York City. Knowing of recent crimes there, Holmes soon knows the man's identity and that he is running away from the head of a sinister group known as the Red Circle. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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28 March 1994 (UK)  »

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Ironically Kenneth Connors character alludes to his mortality, he had died before this episode was shown. See more »

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Gorgiano's name is pronounced throughout the episode with a soft G, as though it were "Giorgiano." "Gorgiano" should begin with a hard G. See more »

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Gennaro Lucca: Emilia!
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Version of The Red Circle (1922) See more »

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Holmes and the Mafioso
19 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Another nicely conceived entry. I sometimes wonder why the screenwriters feel that the plots of these stories aren't adequate. Still, this is pretty true to the original. A room has been rented by a mysterious person at three times the normal rent with the caveat that there is to be no intrusion of any kind. The resident or residents are acting in a very unsettling way. There have also been some significant events. A man has been accosted on the street and stabbed to death. The husband of the landlady of the boarding house is himself kidnapped and later thrown out of a carriage onto an out-of-the-way road. The landlady, a friend of Mrs. Hudson in this one, comes to Holmes so he can investigate. He assures her he will give it appropriate attention. She returns in a dither when her husband is attacked. Now the case becomes more interesting. Holmes seems to have a connection with a person working in a mafia-like underworld. He sends Watson to see this man which puts the man in grave danger. It is all sorted out but is a bit confusing. It has a sort of darkness hanging over it. Good acting, all in all. We get to see Holmes' involvement in the netherworld.


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