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 ... 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

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Guild Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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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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Those Darn Mummies!
19 September 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

It's hard to be too critical of these 1955 television shows. Ronald Howard plays a serious though rather conventional Holmes. Watson is still a bit of a buffoon. This episode involves an encounter with an old classmate of Watson's who has been receiving Egyptian memorabelia, including an actual mummy. This stuff is, of course, priceless. But there is talk of dumping it in the river because it laughs. Actually it doesn't really laugh. It makes the sound of some sort of electronic instrument. Holmes figures it out, but then there is this really pregnant ending. I did enjoy the old lady, the mother in law. She has that disdain for her future son in law and even tells Holmes, "No wonder the crime rate is so high in England." This is after he has told her he sometimes works with the police. This is kind of empty headed, but the atmosphere is fine and the character actors do a decent job.

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