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The Return of Sherlock Holmes

USA 1987
produced by
Nick Gillott, Bob Shayne (supervising) for CBS
directed by Kevin Connor
starring Margaret Colin, Michael Pennington, Barry Morse, Olivier Pierre, Lila Kaye, Ray Jewers, Shane Rimmer, Nicholas Guest, Sheila Brand, Daniel Benzali, Connie Booth, William Hootkins, Paul Maxwell, Miles Richardson, Tony Steedman, Sneh Gupta, Nancy Paul, Ricco Ross, John Sterland, Howard Swinson, Hubert Tucker, Debora Weston
written by Bob Shayne, based on characters by Arthur Conan Doyle, music by Ken Thorne

TV pilot
Sherlock Holmes

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Jane Watson (Margaret Colin), descendant of the famed Doctor Watson, is running a detective agency in LA these days - and rather badly so, as she's in deep debt. So she decides to sell her family's estate in the UK - when she finds a cryogenically frozen Sherlock Holmes (Michael Pennington) in the basement of said place, thaws him, cures him from the bulbonic plague administered by one of his enemies back in the day (which is why he froze himself to wait until a cure is found), and takes him with her to the USA. Once there, it doesn't take them long to be involved knee deep in an investigation, as Violet Morstan (Connie Booth) hires them to investigate the murder of her father (Barry Morse). Soon Holmes and Watson find out that he and three others (that drop like flies over the course of this movie) were FBI agents who were involved in the payment of ransom money, but apparently replaced the actual money with forged bills. The FBI gets interested in the case of course, and they send their agent Tobias Gregory (Nicholas Guest) to shadow Holmes and Watson, first by romancing Watson and offering bits of help, but once his cover's blown, the FBI gets involved officially. After the usual to and fro, it turns out the killer of Marston ... was actually Marston himself who killed an attacker and burned him beyond recognition, then his colleagues in the ransom case, to get his hands on the ransom money they kept hidden until things blew over all for himself. Of course thanks to Holmes he's apprehended.


Now transporting Sherlock Holmes into the 1980s might not be too original an idea but it makes for some good laughs at least. But aside from that, this movie is a disappointingly routine TV thriller, with all the usual characters and plottwists you'd expect from a story like this, and even if the resolution is a bit of a surprise, one could have guessed it if one invested enough interest into the on-screen goings-on. Frankly, it's easy to see why this one wasn't picked up for a series.


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