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The Adventure of the Speckled Band 

Sherlock Holmes gets the clues he needs to solve a murder, and to prevent another one from occurring, when he finds out that a doctor owns a poisonous snake--the deadly swamp adder.


Sobey Martin


Arthur Conan Doyle (short story), Arthur Conan Doyle (story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band") | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Arthur Shields ... The Bookshop Man
Alan Napier ... Sherlock Holmes
Evelyn Ankers ... Miss Stoner
Melville Cooper ... Dr. John H. Watson
Edgar Barrier ... Dr. Grimesby Roylott
Richard Fraser ... John Armitage
Gail Roberts Gail Roberts ... Jean Stoner


Soon-to-be-married Helen Stoner confides to Holmes that she is in fear for her life. A few years earlier when her sister was engaged to the same man, she died under mysterious circumstances with "the speckled band" being her last words. He brutish stepfather claims that questionable renovations to her room force him to move her into her dead sister's bedroom, and Helen seeks the aid of the Baker Street resident. After her visit Dr. Grimesby Roylott, her bullying stepfather, tries to intimidate Holmes into revealing the purpose of her visit, the Great Detective is more determined to investigate the case. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Fun but bare boned version of Shelock Holmes
7 January 2020 | by darthbrooks-80503See all my reviews

When I heard that Alfred the butler from the 60's Batman TV series did a version of Sherlock Holmes it sounded interesting.

This version of Sherlock Homes is really bare bones, essentially a few sets and a very static camera. That's somewhat to be expected for a half hour episode of very early television (1949) Alan Napier is a stereotypical Sherlock and the banter between Holmes and Watson isn't bad. Napier had the size and presence to have made a great Sherlock in a better production and Melville Cooper was an acceptable Watson, although he's a bit of a punching bag.

The direction is not great, just short of high school play. One character spends considerable amount of time facing away from the camera while talking.

The episode can be found on Youtube, and it's survival is fairly remarkable. If you like really, really old TV and are a fan of Alan Napier or Sherlock Holmes it's worth spending a half hour on.

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25 March 1949 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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