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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1954-1956)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


Crime / Drama

30 minutes


Ronald Howard as Sherlock Holmes
Howard Marion-Crawford as Dr. John H. Watson
Archie Duncan as Inspector Lestrade

This television series aired from 1954 to 1956 in half-hour episodes, each involving a mystery to be solved by the legendary Sherlock Holmes with help from his loyal assistant, Dr. Watson, and often reluctantly by Inspector Lestrade.


The Case of the Cunningham Heritage (10/18/1954)

The first show in the series. The first part of the show is a faithful retelling of Holmes' and Watson's meeting as in " A Study in Scarlet " until Holmes invites the good doctor to their first murder investigation. Lastrade has it all wrong, of course, picking the most likely suspect, Peter Cunningham's secret bride, a "jailbird".

The Case of Lady Beryl (10/25/1954)

Visiting a home of high nobility, a businessman is murdered. Lady Beryl has confessed, which satisfies Scotland Yard, but not Holmes. He suspects she is covering something up, and he digs deeper, finding valuable clues.

The Case of the Pennsylvania Gun (11/01/1954)

Holmes and Watson travel to the Sussex countryside to fish, literally, for clues in the shotgun murder of John Douglas, what Holmes calls "The Case of the Other Dumbbell". Holmes slides down a bannister in the course of his investigation. He not only deduces who the murderer is, but also who the victim is.

The Case of the Texas Cowgirl (11/08/1954)

Minnie, a cowgirl from a traveling western show, visits Holmes after she finds a dead body in her room. Afraid that a scandal would endanger her marriage plans, she asks Holmes to help her move the body.

The Case of the Belligerent Ghost (11/15/1954)

Watson claims that he was hit in the eye by Albert Higgins a half hour after he had watched him die of a heart attack. He was, however, the counterfeiter "Poundnote" Higgins, now day watchman at the Pembroke Museum, where Leonardo's "Moonlight Madonna" is being shown. His boss, Mr. Benton, his replacement and his landlady, Mrs. Maggie Blake, all contradict the time of death Watson has established.

The Case of the Shy Ballerina (11/22/1954)

Dr. Watson accidentally comes home from his club with another man's coat, providing an important clue when the other man is murdered late that same night.

The Case of the Winthrop Legend (11/29/1954)

Sherlock Holmes seeks a rational explanation for the Winthrop family legend, which foretells the death of any family member who unexpectedly finds silver coins in his possession.

The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff (12/06/1954)

Inspector Lestrade looks to Holmes for answers after two men are murdered on separate occasions. The common clue? A chicken's foot, bound by a black ribbon, sent to each victim before his demise.

The Case of Harry Crocker (12/13/1954)

Harry Crocker, escape artist extraordinaire, escapes from the police to ask Holmes to clear him from a murder charge. Witnesses however make him leaving the alley next to the Empire Music Hall where Sally King was found strangled "in a temper". He escapes Lestrade a number of times during the investigation of the case, while he and Holmes talk shop.

The Mother Hubbard Case (12/20/1954)

Margaret Martini's fiancee, Richard Trevor, has gone missing, but the trail to his whereabouts after escorting a little lost girl home leads to seven other murders and a very unlikely murderer. Holmes tries to feed divinity fudge to a canary.

The Case of the Red-Headed League (12/27/1954)

Mr. Wilson becomes a member of the 'Red-Headed League' after he see a job advertisement in the paper. Mr. Wilson gets the job and gets four pounds per week to sit and copy the dictionary. He asks Sherlock Holmes to investigate after the league is dissolved after eight weeks without any notice and his employer, Mr. Duncan Ross, also disappears.

The Case of the Shoeless Engineer (01/03/1955)

While out on a walk, Holmes and Watson come upon a young man, injured and with only one shoe, carrying a young woman. Holmes and Watson rush to the rescue.

The Case of the Split Ticket (01/10/1955)

Brian O'Casey is desperate. He holds one third of a winning lottery ticket and if he can't find Albert Snow, one of the other holders, before the end of the day, he'll never be able to get back to Ireland.

The Case of the French Interpreter (01/17/1955)

A French interpreter tells Holmes that he was abducted to persuade a Frenchman to sign some valuable papers.

The Case of the Singing Violin (01/24/1955)

Betty is tormented by hallucinations, the latest of which she refers to as a “singing violin”. Her stepfather explains to Betty's fiancee that she will be declared insane and committed to an institution. The young man consults Sherlock Holmes, and is later found murdered.

The Case of the Greystone Inscription (01/31/1955)

Holmes and Watson are called to investigate Miss Channing's missing fiancee, who apparently discovered the secret to a hidden treasure of King Richard II, which Lord Greystone wants to keep at any cost.

The Case of the Laughing Mummy (02/07/1955)

Sherlock Holmes helps one of Dr. Watson's old friends by explaining the source of an odd noise in the man's home, but in doing so Holmes uncovers a more serious mystery.

The Case of the Thistle Killer (02/14/1955)

Sherlock Holmes helps Scotland Yard to track down a killer who has been leaving three thistles next to each of the women he has killed.

The Case of the Vanished Detective (02/21/1955)

When Sherlock Holmes disappears, Dr. Watson and Inspector Lestrade begin a search that leads them to a small shop.

The Case of the Careless Suffragette (02/28/1955)

A zealous suffragette acquires a bomb shaped like a croquet ball, intending only to draw attention to her cause, but it is switched into an actual croquet set and explodes, killing a member of Parliament.

The Case of the Reluctant Carpenter (03/07/1955)

Sherlock Holmes races against time in order to find the location of a bomb, planted somewhere in London by an extortionist.

The Case of the Deadly Prophecy (03/14/1955)

Holmes and Watson are called to a boy's school in Belgium. It seems that a young student has gotten into the habit of writing the names of faculty members on the steps of a nearby church, and shortly afterward the person whose name was written is found dead.

The Case of the Christmas Pudding (04/04/1955)

When a serial killer is sentenced to death he issues a threat that he will kill Sherlock Holmes before he himself is executed.

The Case of the Night Train Riddle (04/11/1955)

A young boy and his father are traveling on a train, and after they have a fight, the boy runs out of the compartment and seemingly vanishes into thin air. Although his governess feels he has merely run away, Sherlock Holmes begins to suspect something a bit more serious.

The Case of the Violent Suitor (04/18/1955)

"Aunt Lottie", an advice columnist who is actually a man named Alex Doogle, advises a young woman to break up with her violent and insanely jealous boyfriend. The jilted boyfriend then finds Doogle, severely beats him and threatens his life. Doogle turns to Sherlock Holmes, both for his own protection and to save the young woman from her crazed fiancee.

The Case of the Baker Street Nursemaids (04/25/1955)

A baby is left on Holmes' and Watson's doorstep. The child turns out to be the son of a missing French scientist. When Watson is later brutally attacked and the baby kidnapped, the detectives must find the baby and its father and avoid an international scandal.

The Case of the Perfect Husband (05/02/1955)

Russell Partridge announces to his wife Janet one day that he is, in fact, a killer who has murdered his six previous wives, and he notifies her that she has one day to live and get her affairs in order before he murders her, too.  Janet can get no one to believe her tale, except Holmes and Watson, who must devise a plan to trap the killer before Janet's time runs out.

The Case of the Jolly Hangman (05/09/1955)

A traveling salesman is found hanged in his hotel room. Although the police eventually rule it to be a suicide, his widow thinks otherwise and asks Holmes to investigate the mysterious "suicide" further.

The Case of the Imposter Mystery (05/16/1955)

Holmes and Watson return from a vacation at Brighton to find an impostor has been impersonating Holmes, ill advising Lestrade to guard Hambleburg's, and not Carrolton's, jewelry store. Sir Arthur hid his valuables in the biscuit jar. Fighting impersonation with impersonation, Watson becomes the Maharaja of Gampoor.

The Case of the Eiffel Tower (05/23/1955)

When the body of a man is found at the base of the Eiffel Tower, there are only a few clues as to who he was: 100 English pounds, a French coin and a note with an appointment written on it.  Inspector Lestrade calls in Sherlock Holmes to help in the investigation.

The Case of the Exhumed Client (05/30/1955)

Sir Charles Farnsworth is found dead in his mysterious Farnsworth Castle. It turns out that Farnsworth had a clause inserted in his will that his death, no matter what the apparent cause, would be investigated by Sherlock Holmes. Holmes' investigation reveals traces of arsenic in the man's body, and there seems to be no shortage of people who knew Sir Charles who wanted him dead.

The Case of the Impromptu Performance (06/06/1955)

A condemned man scheduled to hang the next day uses his last request to ask Sherlock Holmes to prove his innocence of the murder for which he is about to be executed. 

The Case of the Baker Street Bachelors (06/20/1955)

A political leader is being blackmailed. To find the blackmailers Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson join a lonely hearts club. However, things don't go quite as expected and Holmes winds up getting arrested and thrown into jail.

The Case of the Royal Murder (06/27/1955)

As payment for solving a case Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are invited to spend a weekend at an estate in the Balkans. However, their vacation is cut short when another guest, Prince Stefan, is poisoned and their host is accused of the murder. Sherlock Holmes must find the real killer.

The Case of the Haunted Gainsborough (07/04/1955)

This is the story of the hunt for the MacGragan treasure, and curse. The villian would be the castle's foreclosing mortgage holder, Archibald Ross.

The Case of the Neurotic Detective (07/11/1955)

Sherlock Holmes begins to act even stranger than usual. He tries to keep Dr. Watson from seeing the diamond necklace in his humidor, refuses to help Lestrade with a crime wave, and dresses up to go with Miss Jennifer Ames to a dance!

The Case of the Unlucky Gambler (07/18/1955)

A young boy shows up at Baker Street asking for Sherlock Holmes' help in finding his missing father. Holmes' investigation reveals that the man is a gambler on the run from his creditors, and the team begins to make the rounds to the seedy gambling underworld in search of the boy's father.

The Case of the Diamond Tooth (09/19/1955)

While walking on the banks of the River Thames Watson finds a diamond tooth. The article takes on more meaning later, however, when Sherlock Holmes learns that the body of a murder victim has been discovered at the same location.

The Case of the Tyrant's Daughter (10/17/1955)

A chemist is accused of the murder of his fiance's step-father, who was determined to keep the two apart. Although there is mounting evidence of the chemist's guilt, Sherlock Holmes is requested by the old man's housekeeper to investigate the case. She believes the young man to be innocent.

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