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The Doctor's Case (2018)

When a diabolical English lord is murdered, Sherlock Holmes and Watson must unexpectedly exchange roles in order to solve "the perfect locked room mystery."


James Douglas, Leonard Pearl (co-director)


James Douglas (screenplay by), Stephen King (based on the short story by)
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Credited cast:
William B. Davis ... Doctor Watson
Denise Crosby ... Captain Norton
Michael Coleman ... Dr. John H. Watson
J.P. Winslow J.P. Winslow ... Sherlock Holmes
Ian Case Ian Case ... Inspector Lestrade
Joanna Douglas ... Tabitha Hull
Andrew Hamilton Andrew Hamilton ... Lord Albert Hull
Michelle Lieffertz Michelle Lieffertz ... Lady Rebecca Hull
Stewart Cawood Stewart Cawood ... William Hull
Glenn MacRae Glenn MacRae ... Jory Hull
Erin Fitzgerald ... Screaming Maid
Shawna Berry Shawna Berry ... Horrified Housekeeper
Dustin Allen Dustin Allen ... Oliver Stanley
Danette Boucher Danette Boucher ... Mrs. Hudson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brendan Bailey ... Auxiliary Patient


When a diabolical English lord is murdered, Sherlock Holmes and Watson must unexpectedly exchange roles in order to solve "the perfect locked room mystery."

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True to the Story
25 July 2019 | by deeishere-27469See all my reviews

It was years ago that I first read the short story by Stephen King in his book Nightmares & Dreamscapes. I remembered loving the twist Stephen had put Holmes and Watson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved characters, in.

Stephen King has a magical way of writing characters that are unique and stand out in the mind's eye. Many moviemakers have tried to capture this on the big and small screen and either they hit it on spot and bring the magic to life, or they fall short, failing to ignite even a spark. I am happy to say that this movie is the former and it was like watching imagery Stephen's writing created in my mind's eye come to life on screen.

The incredible talent both on and off the screen breaths life into this fun homage where Dr. Watson takes center stage, a role shared by William B. Davis and Michael Coleman, older and younger respectively, is clear from the start.

James Douglas takes the bones of the story and gives it the perfect finishing touch by adding in story plot that brings it to a whole new level. I enjoyed it more having the elderly Watson telling the tale to his nurse, Captain Norton played by the enchanting Denise Crosby, during a WWII bombing raid lockdown at the same location the story takes place many years earlier. It was the touch of humanity needed to bring this to screen in the way it deserved. And J.P. Winslow will now be listed among some of my favorite actors that have taken the challenge of bringing Sherlock Holmes to life and accomplished it with skill and intelligence.

This project is currently under the Dollar Baby contract set up by King himself to give aspiring filmmakers the change to make adaptions of his work, but without the commercial abilities of mainstream projects, means you can only watch this movie at a local festival near you that it may be appearing in. I hope that one day King will grant commercial rights and we can see it on the big screen in regular theaters, but also on Blu-ray to be enjoyed time and time again.

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Release Date:

January 2018 (USA) See more »


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CAD85,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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