Sherlock Holmes (1954–1955)
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The Case of the Belligerent Ghost 

When Dr. Watson thinks that he has seen a ghost, it puts Sherlock Holmes on a trail that leads to a crime at an art museum.


Sheldon Reynolds


Arthur Conan Doyle (characters) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Charles Early (screenplay)


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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
Lou Van Burg Lou Van Burg ... Van Bentham
Gertrude Flynn Gertrude Flynn ... Maggie Blake
Cecil Brock Cecil Brock ... Bobby


Dr. Watson returns to the Baker Street flat in a state of great agitation. He tells Sherlock Holmes that, earlier in the evening, he had attended a dying man in his final moments, only to see the same man in the street soon afterward, and be punched in the eye by him. Holmes is intrigued, and goes with Watson to check the dead man's lodgings and to view his corpse in the morgue. The detective learns that the man had been a watchman at an art museum, and that he had a previous conviction for counterfeiting. The next evening, when Watson returns to Baker Street convinced that he has seen the same dead man once again, Holmes puts the clues together and goes to warn Inspector Lestrade about an impending crime at the museum. Written by Snow Leopard

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

15 November 1954 (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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As funny as a heart attack... in a good way
22 October 2009 | by hte-trasmeSee all my reviews

The 1950s Sheldon Reynolds-produced Sherlock Holmes series starring Ronald Howard certainly took the familiar characters of Holmes and Dr Watson and placed them in some very creative and fun situations. Usually this dedication to making enjoyable little films for television rather than exact replicas of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories would pay off.

This episode deals with the crime that is uncovered when Watson sees a man die of a heart attack on the street, then keeps running into and getting assaulted by his ghost, and it's delightful from start to finish. While the mystery or puzzle is there as much as always (though some elements of it might be a bit for show, as they are rather easy to guess), the episode is really carried by how consistently witty the script is. It's really Sherlock Holems played for dry humor, and Howard and H. Marion Crawford really have a knack for transposing the immortal characters to that ind of story. Whole long sections of the episode are devoted merely to Holmes and Watson talking in Baker Street, but it advances the plot and is plain funny the whole way through.

The best moments perhaps are the punchline at the conclusion (which I will allow to remain a surprise) and a great recurring gag about Watson's reaction when people misinterpret his black eye. This a pure enjoyable, grin-inducing episode that shows off the good, creative writing on the show and the presence of the actors who pull it off. One of the better entries in the series I've seen.

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