The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1950)

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(ended 1955)

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1950)

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Sherlock Holmes came to American television with this series filmed primarily in France for the U.S. market. The man behind it was American producer Sheldon Reynolds whose previous hit had been Foreign Intrigue. The series was filmed at the new Epinay-sur-Seine studios just outside of Paris where the main set, Holmes' apartment, was constructed, as well as Baker Street outside the building. Michael Weight was hired to design the famous flat after having done the Sherlock Holmes exhibit for the "Festival of Britain." Some generic outdoor scenes of Holmes and Watson coming and going were filmed at locations around London and woven into episodes as needed, generally as background visuals for Watson's narration. A fan of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Reynolds wanted his Holmes to be different from the well-known screen versions starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Reynolds' Holmes would be youthful and excited about solving crimes, not the all-knowing elder statesman of the movies. To play this character, Reynolds cast Ronald Howard, a 36-year-old actor born in London and raised in America. (He was the son of film actor Leslie Howard.) For Dr. John Watson, accomplished film and theater actor Howard Marion-Crawford was selected. His Dr. Watson was not the batty old bonehead who was of no help to anyone. Instead, Watson had a good sense of humor, actually had medical skills, enjoyed putting his fists to work when needed, and got a kick out of going undercover. This series enjoyed positive reviews from American media publications with plans to film a second season announced. Unfortunately, they never materialized.moreless
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  • Ronald Howard

    Ronald Howard

    Sherlock Holmes

    Howard Marion-Crawford

    Howard Marion-Crawford

    Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)

    Archie Duncan

    Archie Duncan

    Inspector Lestrade

    Richard Larke

    Richard Larke

    Sergeant Wilkins (as Kenneth Richards)

    Michael Gough

    Michael Gough

    Mr. Partridge

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    Drama, Suspense

    Themes

    extraordinary situations, for the aarp crowd, fighting doctors, facing danger, Classics