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The Sign of Four (1987)

The disappearance of a young woman's father and a mysterious note years later after the strange regular annual delivery of valuable pearls to her puts Sherlock Holmes on the case.

Director:

Peter Hammond

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), John Hawkesworth (dramatised by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Dr. Watson / Dr. John Watson
Robin Hunter Robin Hunter ... Major Sholto
Alf Joint ... McMurdo
John Thaw ... Jonathan Small
Kiran Shah ... Tonga
Jenny Seagrove ... Miss Mary Morstan
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Derek Deadman Derek Deadman ... Williams
Ronald Lacey ... Thaddeus & Bartholomew Sholto
Ishaq Bux ... Lal Chowder
Terence Skelton Terence Skelton ... Captain Morstan
Marjorie Sudell Marjorie Sudell ... Mrs Bernstone
Emrys James Emrys James ... Inspector Athelney Jones
Gordon Gostelow Gordon Gostelow ... Sherman
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Storyline

A young lady, Miss Mary Morstan, contact Sherlock Holmes for his help regarding her father, captain Morstan, who disappeared 10 years ago. Since his disappearance she annually receives a valuable pearl by post from an unknown person. The mystery leads Holmes and doctor Watson into an intricate plot regarding a lost treasure belonging to four convicts on the Andaman Islands. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Trivia

The producers used The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool as the location for the Lyceum Theatre. See more »

Goofs

As Holmes scrambles over the roof of the Sholto house in Norwood, a modern multi element TV aerial is in clear view. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. John Watson: Very pretty young woman crossing the street. And I think she may be coming here.
Sherlock Holmes: Incidentally, I have glanced over your latest account of my work.
Dr. John Watson: Oh, yes?
Sherlock Holmes: Honestly, I cannot congratulate you upon it. Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science. Observation, deduction, a cold unemotional subject. You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism which has much the same effect as if you'd worked a love-story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid.
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Connections

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The Best of All Sherlock Holmes Granada Feature Films
18 July 2011 | by ericksonsam60See all my reviews

Out of all feature films with the great Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes this is by far the best. It has great elements in it such as Imperialist India, Missing Treasure, Baker Street Irregulars, and a Dog named Toby. What is not to like? The story is complex, colorful, and intricate and as it progresses in words of Watson "it grows darker than clearer" but the solution to the case is clever and quite powerful. It is faithful to the original story and it is beautifully crafted and realized. Like many Granada Adaptations it creates a marvelous atmosphere. Edward Hardwicke is superb as Dr. Watson with Ronald Lacey, Jenny Seagrove, and John Thaw (best known for playing Colin Dexter's grouchy and very cultured Inspector Morse) providing fine support as well. The production values, music, and photography are excellent. The only complaint is that it slogs a little bit towards the end but it is only a minor complaint. In my opinion, this two hour adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes novella is one of Granada's finest hours.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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