Sherlock Holmes (1964–1968)
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A Study in Scarlet 

When a man is found poisoned in an abandoned building with the word "RACHE" written in blood on the wall. LaStrade confidently declares, "Cherchez la femme!"


Henri Safran


Arthur Conan Doyle (characters) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Hugh Leonard (dramatisation)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Stock ... Dr. Watson
Joe Melia ... Joey Daly
George A. Cooper ... Inspector Gregson
William Lucas ... Inspector Lestrade
Edina Ronay ... Alice Charpentier
Larry Cross ... Jefferson Hope
Craig Hunter ... Enoch J. Drebber
Dorothy Edwards ... Madame Charpentier
Larry Dann ... Arthur Charpentier
Ed Bishop ... Joseph Stangerson (as Edward Bishop)
Michael Segal ... Police Constable Rance
Henry Kay ... Commissionaire
Grace Arnold ... Mrs. Hudson
Tony McLaren ... Wiggins


A corpse is found in an empty house with the word 'Rache' scrawled on the wall next to it. The police arrest a suspect but then a similar murder occurs, proving that they have the wrong man. In exposing the real killer Holmes uncovers a feud stretching back to Salt Lake City and the Mormon community. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Horror | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

23 September 1968 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although it's not readily apparent in this adaptation, in the original story, the Mormon religion plays a strong role in the character's motivations and Brigham Young plays a part in the flashback denouement. At the time Conan Doyle was heavily criticized by Mormons, who felt the story presented their religion in a bad light. See more »


Jefferson Hope: [to Drebber] Let us see if there is justice on earth or we are ruled by chance.
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Version of Elementary: A Study in Charlotte (2016) See more »

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A great episode from a troubled series.
31 August 2018 | by alexanderdavies-99382See all my reviews

It is no secret regarding the various difficulties which occurred during the making of this "Sherlock Holmes" series. Original leading man, Douglas Wilmer, had left the series after having a falling out with the BBC. By the time 13 more Holmes stories had been commissioned, Peter Cushing had stepped in to play the Baker Street sleuth. Consequently, he didn't retain overly fond memories of his time on the series. "A Study in Scarlet" makes for marvellous viewing, in spite of the changes made from the original novel. The episode makes no reference to Watson being introduced to Holmes after having been demobbed from the army. However, the actual plot is quite accurately depicted. Personally, I find Peter Cushing to be a superb Sherlock Holmes. Whilst I understand the actor was unhappy with his own performance, his usual solid professionalism is very much in evidence. He also manages to convey some of the character's personality traits: sudden impatience, pomposity regarding his own abilities, being a bit foolhardy at times etc. The episode is one of only 6 that exist in the television archive (thanks a lot BBC!) but all are worth watching.

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