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28Mar/130

EP0906: Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Red Headed League

John Gielgud

Sherlock Holmes investigates when a League for Red Headed hires a pawn broker and then promptly disappears.

Original Air Date: January 16, 1955

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23Mar/131

Book Review: The Valley of Fear

The Valley of Fear is the last Sherlock Holmes novel. It was originally published in 1915 but is set prior to the events of "The Final Problem." Doyle ignores at least one fact stated by Watson in, "The Final Problem" where Watson claims not to have heard of Moriarity. Here, Holmes introduces Watson far before that as the two go to a castle to investigate the murder of a mysterious American.

The mystery at the castle is well-laid out with a lot of intriguing clues and some nifty deduction. However, the Holmes portion of this story is fairly light. It reads like a slightly longer Short Story rather than a novel. The rest of the novel, much like in A Study in Scarlet is consumed by a look at the back story of the crime which began in America.

The idea of solving a mystery and then telling us the story behind the crime is rarely a good writing method. I had to really slog through Doyle's use of in A Study in Scarlet. I put the book aside when I came on it when a child and didn't pick it up for 20 years. However, this story is more interesting with its focus on the Scowrers, an American secret society that terrorized Pennsylvania and a mysterious stranger that joined them. It was quite riveting reading, so I didn't mind the digression much.

However after that great story, the ending of the book left a bad taste. The 1935 movie, The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes was based on this story but gave a radically different end and with good reason. Without spoiling the end I will say, that  for the first time that for all concerned, everyone would have been better off had Holmes not investigated the case.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

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21Mar/130

EP0900: Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia

John Gielgud

Sherlock Holmes seeks to find scandalous photographs that endanger the king of Bohemia.

Original Air Date: January 9, 1955

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14Mar/130

EP0894: Sherlock Holmes: Dr. Watson Meets Sherlock Holmes

John Gielgud

Dr. Watson recalls his first meeting with Sherlock Holmes as Watson assists Holmes in a case of notorious blackmailer, Charles Augustus Milverton.

Original Air Date: January 2, 1955

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7Mar/132

EP0888: Sherlock Holmes: The Duke of Hollywell

Ben Wright

An indiscreet duke asks Holmes to find out who is blackmailing him.

Original Air Date: March 22, 1950

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28Feb/131

EP0882: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Red Death

A pyromaniac has been unleashed on London and Holmes has to find him.

Original Air Date: June 6, 1949

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21Feb/130

EP0876: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Curious Crypt

Sherlock Holmes investigates the disappearance of a wealthy man who spent a fortune on his crypt.

Original Air Date: May 30, 1949

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14Feb/130

EP0870: Sherlock Holmes: Dr. Winthrop’s Notorious Carriage

A woman comes to Holmes alleging her husband murdered a prominent actress who was also his mistress.

Original Air Date: May 23, 1949

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7Feb/130

EP0864: Sherlock Holmes:The Adventure of the Gray Pasha

Sherlock Holmes investigates a horse killing its jockey.

Original Air Date: May 16, 1949

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24Jan/130

EP0852: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blood-Soaked Wagon

Holmes and Watson pursue a murderer who has made off with a fortune in invalid currency.

Original Air Date: May 2, 1949

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