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13Jun/130

EP0972: Sherlock Holmes; The Golden Pince-Nez

John Gielgud

 

Sherlock Holmes investigates the murder of a professor's aide.

Original Air Date: April 3, 1955

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6Jun/130

EP0966: Sherlock Holmes: The Silver Blaze

John Gielgud
Holmes searches for a murderer and a missing horse who is favored to win a big race.

Original Air Date: March 27, 1955

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30May/132

EP0960: Sherlock Holmes: The Speckled Band

John Gielgud

A young woman whose sister died from a mysterious poisoning asks Holmes and Watson to help, fearing her stepfather may kill her next.

Original Air Date: March 20, 1955

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23May/130

EP0954: Sherlock Holmes: The Blue Carbuncle

John Gielgud

A lost goose sets Holmes on the trail of a jewel thief.

Original Air Date: March 13, 1955

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16May/130

EP0948: Sherlock Holmes: The Six Napoleons

John Gielgud

Is someone smashing Napoleons a case of monomania or something more? Holmes investigates.

Original Air Date: March 6, 1955

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12May/130

Video Theater 040: Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Shy Ballerina

Watson gets the wrong hat and ends up accused of murder. It's up to Holmes to straighten things out. Episode 6

9May/130

EP0942: Shelock Holmes: The Solitary Cyclist

John Gielgud
A charming young governess is haunted by a mysterious bearded bicyclist.

Original Air Date: February 27, 1955

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4May/130

Book Review: His Last Bow

His Last Bow was once again intended to be the last Sherlock Holmes Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However, it didn't quite turn out that way. Although he did get Holmes retired, there'd be many more adventures written of previously unchronicled cases.

This book has the fewest stories in it it of all the Holmes collections: seven in British version and eight  if you read the U.S. version. Mostly, it's a strong collection: "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge," "The Red Circle," "The Adventure of the Bruce Partington Plans," and "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot" are as good as any Holmes story out there. The best of these is Wisteria Lodge, there are so many great features in there: a great mystery, international intrigue  and perhaps the most clever official detective introduced in the Holmes Canon.

"The Disappearance of Lady Frances Fairfax," and "The Adventure of the Dying Detective" are good not great stories and "His Last Bow" is one that's enjoyable for its sentiment and patriotism far more than its cleverness or any sort of suspense.

The somewhat controversial story "Adventure of the Cardboard Box" was left out of American editions of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes because it dealt with marital infidelities. It's not for this reason that I didn't enjoy the story . Holmes himself asked not to have his name mentioned in association with it because it was so simple. And perhaps, Watson (or Doyle) would have done better heed it. The problem with the story is that Holmes doesn't do much and the focus instead becomes on a sensation and sordid crime rather than a mind of great detectives. The results are mediocre at best.

Overall, the book holds up pretty well and shows that Doyle was just as adept at writing great mysteries in the early 1910s as he had been in the 1880s and 1890s which is why he'd find himself writing several more Holmes adventures in the 1920s.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

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2May/130

EP0936: Sherlock Holmes: The Norwood Builder

John Gielgud

A young lawyer meets a wealthy man who asks him draft willing leaving him everything. The next day, the lawyer finds himself accused of murder and turns to Sherlock Holmes.

Original Air Date: February 20, 1955

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25Apr/130

EP0930: Sherlock Holmes: The Dying Detective

John Gielgud
Sherlock Holmes is dying of a mysterious disease and he won't let Watson examine him.

Original Air Date: February 13, 1955

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