Sherlock Holmes (1954–1955)
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The Case of the Winthrop Legend 

Sherlock Holmes seeks a rational explanation for the Winthrop family legend, which foretells the death of any family member who unexpectedly finds silver coins in his possession.


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Arthur Conan Doyle (characters) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Harold Jack Bloom (original story) | 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)
Ivan Desny ... Harvey Winthrop
Peter Copley ... John Winthrop
Meg Lemonnier ... Alice Winthrop
Karen Karen ... Peg Hall
Charles Perry Charles Perry ... Constable


Harvey Winthrop comes to see Sherlock Holmes out of concern for his older brother John. There is an old family legend that foretells the death of any Winthrop who unexpectedly finds silver coins in his possession, and in fact his brother has recently found several such coins. Holmes does not believe the legend, but he agrees to come to Winthrop Manor to investigate. John Winthrop also scoffs at the legend, but that same night he is found dead at the foot of the staircase. Holmes is certain that someone has murdered him, using the legend to cover up the truth. Written by Snow Leopard

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

29 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Production Co:

Guild Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although this story takes place in Britain in the later part of Queen Victoria's reign,(1880s), the coin shown in close up has the face of her Grandson ,King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. See more »

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Not cursed
22 November 2009 | by hte-trasmeSee all my reviews

This episode of the 1950s Sherlock Holmes series tarring Ronald Howard doesn't start with a particular gimmick for its original story base on Arthur Conan Doyle's characters, but instead plunges Holmes and Watson right into a full-on "old dark house" scenario, complete with maelstrom outside, as two brothers open a house after thirty years to challenge a family curse. It's a spooky, atmospheric setting for a mystery that actually has rather the feel of one of Doyle's originals, with an extravagantly unusual death and Holmes getting to challenge notions of the supernatural.

Because the plot is given most of the episode it doesn't feel as rushed into the twenty-seven-minute running time as it could have, and only the final scene, which feels a bit forced and cop-out, seems rushed. By this point in the series the funny character moments between Holmes and Watson, such as Holmes' fiddling with creating deadly poison and at one point almost accidentally killing his friend with an ancient weapon, can be slipped in between other plot points and still be charming and funny relief.

The development of the story is timed well and Holmes' deductions hold, despite one key element involving a poker not being set up an the fact that at one point Holmes' seems to operate on the notion that tumbling over a sofa should have the same effect as falling down a flight of stairs. Acting is generally quite good, although Ivan Desny as Harvey Winthrop does not sound the least bit English.

Well worth it overall for the fun Sherlock Holmes is a solid, old-fashioned, spooky-old-house mystery.

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