Sherlock Holmes (1954–1955)
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The Case of the Laughing Mummy 

Sherlock Holmes helps one of Dr. Watson's old friends by explaining the source of an odd noise in the man's home, but in doing so Holmes uncovers a more serious mystery.


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)
June Shelley June Shelley ... Rowena (as June Crawford)
Barry MacKay ... Reggie Taunton (as Barry Mackay)
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... Prof. von Gaulkens


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are going on a fishing trip, and while they are riding the train, they meet Watson's old friend Reggie Taunton. Taunton asks Holmes if the detective would mind helping him with an odd problem. Taunton's archaeologist uncle has sent him an authentic Egyptian mummy, and strange laughing sounds have been coming periodically from the sarcophagus. Holmes visits Taunton's home, and has dinner with Reggie, Reggie's fiancée, the fiancée's aunt, and an Egyptologist who knows Reggie's uncle. While they are dining, the mummy starts to make the noise, and Holmes quickly finds a very simple explanation for it. But in the course of examining the mummy and the sarcophagus, Holmes uncovers a more serious mystery. Written by Snow Leopard

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

7 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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Did You Know?


Dr. John H. Watson: That was a close call, Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes: It certainly was. If you hadn't lingered to pass the time of day with that barmaid, we'd have had ample time.
Dr. John H. Watson: How did you know that I...
Sherlock Holmes: Your elbow - it's wet.
Dr. John H. Watson: Well?
Sherlock Holmes: You've obviously been leaning on a bar somewhere and if I know you, it wasn't a bar *man*. Was she pretty?
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Ronald Howard great Sherlock Holmes
30 September 2015 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

This series is funny and interesting. It is different than other Sherlock Holmes series it is one half hour long. Ronald Howard is a good Sherlock Holmes. He is not arrogant, gets to the point and solves the crime without going through all the things he uncovered and a lot of gibberish to show how smart he is. He plays a fair man who wants to get at the truth.

Dr Watson played by H. Marion Crawford is a tough guy who is not afraid to fight like in episode 1 "The Case of the Cunningham Heritage." He does scare easy at times.

There are a number of episodes to watch in this series in black and white which started October of 1954.

Respectful and funny.

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