Sherlock Holmes

1954 | United Kingdom

One of the lesser known televisual incarnations of Arthur Conan Doyle's quintessential master detective aired its thirty-nine black and white episodes between October 1954 and October 1955, and starred Ronald Howard (son of legendary British big screen idol, Leslie Howard) as Holmes and experienced British character actor H. Marion Crawford as the ever reliable Dr. John Watson with Archie Duncan as Inspector Lestrade. 

Produced on a low budget by Sheldon Reynolds, who also directed a majority of the episodes, the series mixed vastly truncated and simplified adaptations of a number of Conan Doyle's celebrated stories with newly created adventures, which succeeded in the main in capturing the spirit of the originals. Another interesting aspect of the series was the fact that it was filmed entirely in Paris, France, giving it the distinction of being one of the earliest examples of multi-national TV co-productions. As for the all-important central casting, both Howard and Crawford respectively fill the roles of Holmes and Watson pleasingly, in terms of both character and expected physical aspects. 

Published on January 29th, 2019. Written by SRH (2000) for Television Heaven.