Hired by a young lady, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the strange recent deaths of her missing father's friends from the army, as well as the whereabouts of the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world.
Greed, betrayal and vengeance set the stage for this Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Mary Morstan, a young governess, has been receiving a rare and lustrous pearl annually from an anonymous... See full summary »
A young lady, Miss Mary Morstan, contact Sherlock Holmes for his help regarding her father, captain Morstan, who disappeared 10 years ago. Since his disappearance she annually receives a valuable pearl by post from an unknown person. The mystery leads Holmes and doctor Watson into an intricate plot regarding a lost treasure belonging to four convicts on the Andaman Islands.Written by
The first episode filmed after Jeremy Brett began treatment for bipolar disorder. See more »
At the beginning, Watson is looking out the window as a cab pulls up outside. The building opposite is clearly shown as number 128. It would be odd for a building opposite number 221B to have a number almost one hundred different, and in fact across the road from 221B is actually number 234. See more »
Dr. John Watson:
Very pretty young woman crossing the street. And I think she may be coming here.
Incidentally, I have glanced over your latest account of my work.
Dr. John Watson:
Honestly, I cannot congratulate you upon it. Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science. Observation, deduction, a cold unemotional subject. You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism which has much the same effect as if you'd worked a love-story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid.
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A young woman Mary Morstan (Jenny Seagrove) visits a snappy Holmes with a story of her father's disappearance some years earlier and how she later started receiving a precious jewel each year.
This leads to an encounter with the quirky nervous Thaddeus Sholto (Ronald Lacey) whose father served in India with Mary's father. He tells Mary that her father did die in an accident.
As Holmes and Watson are taken to see Thaddeus's twin brother Bartholomew regarding a box of treasure that has been found. The brother has been slain and the box containing he treasure is missing.
Holmes looks for clues and reckons a poisoned dart was used to kill the Bartholomew in a room that looks impossible to scale from the outside.
Before long Holmes and Watson are hot on the heel of Jonathan Small (John Thaw) and ex soldier who served in India, now a one legged man who is taking revenge in those who cheated him and his fellow convicts.
This was the first feature length movie of the Granada Sherlock Holmes series. It does look beautiful with some filming taking place in Malta which doubles for India. There is also a wonderful chase scene in the river. Norfolk being used to double for the River Thames.
John Thaw enter the proceedings rather late in the day, initially with a dart blowing pygmy by his side played by the legendary Kiran Shah. As in the book, A Study in Scarlet. Small tells his story in flashbacks and giving reasons why he is out for revenge. It is a strong intimidating performance from Thaw.
This was also the best of the feature length adaptations in the Brett series.
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