Sherlock Holmes (1954–1955)
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The Case of the Vanished Detective 

When Sherlock Holmes disappears, Dr. Watson and Inspector Lestrade begin a search that leads them to a small shop.


Steve Previn


Arthur Conan Doyle (characters) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Charles Early (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Sherlock Holmes
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)
Archie Duncan Archie Duncan ... Inspector Lestrade
Richard Larke Richard Larke ... Sgt. Wilkins (as Kenneth Richards)
Cecil Brock Cecil Brock ... John Carson
Judith Haviland Judith Haviland ... Helene
Colin Drake Colin Drake ... Judge Westlake


Sherlock Holmes has been missing for two days, and Dr. Watson frantically summons Inspector Lestrade to help him search for the detective. The two of them find a letter asking Holmes to take a case on behalf of a shop owner, so they visit the man's shop. But the proprietor denies any knowledge of Holmes, and he also denies writing the letter. Watson's suspicions are aroused, and when Lestrade finds Holmes's hat and coat in the shop, they are sure that they are on the right track. Written by Snow Leopard

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

21 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

Company Credits

Production Co:

Guild Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Judge Westlake is listed as "Juge" in the closing credits. See more »

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Quite the Disguise
29 September 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A rather forgettable episode where Watson and LeStrade find themselves comrade as they suspect foul play in the disappearance of Holmes. We find out fairly soon that we are much more perceptive than these two. Holmes is undercover and in a disguise. He is trying to capture an escaped convict who is getting messages inside a book. There are some amusing moments. The strangest is when they go to visit a judge whom they suspect is going to be the victim of the convict. Instead of being able to talk to him, they interview a pair of marionettes. It goes on and on and on. It's almost surreal. Eventually they are able to talk to the man and his wife. They are very bold people but find themselves in trouble. The conclusion is very predictable, especially if one was watching at the beginning.

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