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The Boscombe Valley Mystery 

When William McCarthy is found dead, the son with whom he had just quarreled is charged with murder.



(by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), (dramatised by)


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Episode complete credited cast:
John Turner
Jonathan Barlow ...
Inspector Summerby
Joanna Roth ...
Alice Turner
Cliff Howells ...
Crowder the Gamekeeper
Makala Saunders ...
Patience Crowder
Will Tacey ...


When Sherlock Holmes receives an urgent plea for help from a young woman, Alice Turner, he interrupts Dr. Watson's holiday and they set off. Alice wants Holmes to exonerate her childhood friend James McCarthy, whom she loves dearly and who has been charged with murdering his father, William McCarthy. She is convinced of his innocence and believes the murder charge is due in part to his refusal to reveal what he and his father were arguing about the day the elder McCarthy was killed. They were in fact arguing about James' refusal to marry her. After interviewing him, Holmes also believes him to be innocent. The solution to the crime is to be found in events that began long ago when the elder McCarthy and Alice's father, John Turner, both lived in Australia. Written by garykmcd

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14 March 1991 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
James McCarthy: Look father, we have been through all this before...
William McCarthy: Do as I tell you, boy. You damned disobedient little bastard! Give me the gun!
James McCarthy: It's *my* life, and I'm going to run it the way I like!
William McCarthy: Get off out of it!
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Version of Sherlock Holmes: The Boscombe Valley Mystery (1968) See more »

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22 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Now here's an example of a Holmes adaptation that is almost precisely as in the story. Inspector Lestrade is substituted by a more gentle fellow for some reason, and a key clue (the cry of "Cooee") is absent. But by and large this contains every element of the story and nearly every line of dialog.

And its pretty bad storytelling. If there was ever an example of how the detective mechanics of books and film differ, its here. This isn't the worst of the Brett adaptations. But it lacks energy. And Brett of course is in a funk himself.

What makes it truly pleasant is the sets. Everything about this is ordinary except the sets which someone really made into complex, clever, interesting and beautiful spaces. Every shot is set is a wonderful place shown wonderfully.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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