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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.

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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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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 twin brothers Thaddeus and Bartholomew Sholto were supposed to be thirty years old, although Ronald Lacey was 51 when he played them. See more »

Goofs

When Holmes, Watson and the police sail out on the police launch to lay in wait for the Aurora they sail upstream and under the Westminster Bridge as indicated by Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background. Yet the Aurora was hidden at a ship yard near the Tower Bridge, and when the hunt begins the Tower of London is visible in the background. Both Tower Bridge and the Tower of London are located down the river from Westminster Bridge. 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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Version of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four (1968) See more »

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Excellent adaptation
15 February 2006 | by james_oblivionSee all my reviews

One of Conan Doyle's best Holmes stories is adapted to perfection in this, the first feature length Holmes adventure from Granada Television. Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke are fantastic (as always) and the supporting cast are quite good, not to mention appropriately quirky (especially important in this adventure).

The adaptation itself is, as was typical with the Granada series (and at least the first two feature length outings), quite faithful to the original story. It's well crafted and beautifully directed, with all the twists and turns of the Conan Doyle original (one of his most remarkable tales).

In short, this version of The Sign of Four manages to outshine all previous adaptations, and hasn't been rivaled since. The 1983 television version with Ian Richardson was certainly passable, but doesn't come close to this. Once again, Granada prove that their Holmes is without equal.


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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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Granada Television See more »
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