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The Man with the Twisted Lip 

Responding to a grieving wife, Holmes investigates the apparent murder of her husband in an apartment above an opium den.


Patrick Lau


Arthur Conan Doyle (by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), John Hawkesworth (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Dr. John Watson
Clive Francis ... Neville St Clair
Eleanor David ... Mrs St Clair
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Inspector Bradstreet
Patricia Garwood ... Mrs Whitney
Terence Longdon ... Isa Whitney
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Albert Moses ... Lascar
Dudley James Dudley James ... Constable


Watson locates a husband in a London opium den and encounters a disguised Holmes there. The Great Detective is searching for another errant husband who has apparently been killed by a filthy, poetry-spouting professional beggar who lives in one of the building's upper apartments. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 August 1986 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Neville St. Clair's final quotation, as he is burning the beggar's clothes is a misquotation from Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2, when Horatio says "Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." See more »


In the flashback, Boon the beggar is throwing the coat out of the window, which he explains is laden with the hundreds of coins he has collected throughout the day. However, the coat flutters down, and clearly has nothing heavy in the pockets. See more »


Dr. John Watson: Mr Holmes has disappeared without trace, as you can see.
Mrs. Whitney: In that case, I really shouldn't bother you with my problems.
Dr. John Watson: Oh, Mr Holmes disappears without trace at regular intervals. There's really no cause for alarm, only curiosity.
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Version of Sherlock Holmes: The Man with the Twisted Lip (1965) See more »

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Another Gem in this Series
25 May 2010 | by lewis-51See all my reviews

It is hard to imagine that any other actor will ever come close to Brett's interpretation of Sherlock Holmes. More than that, the production values of this series are just fantastic.

In this episode, we are transported away to a different time and place, London 130 years ago. Obviously I wasn't there, but this, and almost all the other shows, are fantastic at creating a sense of realism and evoking a marvelous mood. I just can't praise them enough. Staging, photography, acting, all first rate.

As to this particular episode, the plot is very good, though certainly not the best of the series. The ending is a surprise (I can't imagine anyone guessing it), and the denouement wonderful. It has some of that special emotional kick that the best of these have.

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