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:
Jonathan Barlow ...
Inspector Summerby
Joanna Roth ...
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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When All Looks Bleak!
14 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We have what appears to be an open and shut case, but these are never open and shut. A man has been murdered after an argument with his son. The son is now in prison, awaiting the hangman. A young woman in love (of course) with the son employs Holmes to exonerate him. Thanks to the police and their "herd of buffalo" mentality, some rather innocent clues are overlooked. Nothing is innocent to Holmes and he follows through. It seems that the key to many Holmes story is his belief in his client. It allows him to try to piece together what obtuse leavings there are. As with many of the stories of the time, if we are to have a satisfactory conclusion take place, we must depend on fortunate twists coming into play. It's not a bad thing, but contemporary readers or viewers would probably be rather unforgiving. The episode is well cast and presented, mostly true to the original story although a couple of pretty significant events are ignored.

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