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Cast:
Sherlock Holmes - Vasily Livanov
Dr. Watson - Vitaly Solomin
Mrs. Hudson - Rina Zelenaya
Inspector Lestrade - Borislav Brondukov
Mycroft Holmes - Boris Kluyev
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Crew:
Director: Igor Maslennikov
Camera: Yuri Vexler
Music: Vladimir Dashkevitch
Production Company:
Lenfilm for Central Television
Episode Guide and Synopsis
Director - Igor Maslennikov
Holmes the Scientist
A Synopsis of Episode 1: Acquaintance
Reichenbach
Reichenbach
The Russian Sherlock Holmes Series
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1979
Sherlok Kholms I Doktor Vatson
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson
1st episode: Acquaintance
(based on A Study in Scarlet and
The Adventure of the Speckled Band)
2nd episode: Bloody Inscription
(based on A Study in Scarlet)

1980
Priklyucheniya Sherloka Kholmsa I Doktora Vatsona
(The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson)
1st episode: The Master-Blackmailer
(based on The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton)
2nd episode: Deadly Fight
(based on The Adventure of the Final Problem)
3rd episode: Hunt for the Tiger
(based on The Adventure of the Empty House)

1981
Priklyucheniya Sherloka Kholmsa I Doktora Vatsona: Sobaka Baskerviley
(The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson:
The Hound of the Baskervilles)
1st episode
2nd episode

(both based on The Hound of the Baskervilles)

1983
Priklyucheniya Sherloka Kholmsa I Doktora Vatsona:
Sokrovishcha Agry
(The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson:
The Treasures of Agra)
1st episode
(based on The Sign of Four and A Scandal in Bohemia)
2nd episode
(based on The Sign of Four)

1986
Priklyucheniya Sherloka Kholmsa I Doktora Vatsona: Dvadtsaty Vek Nachinaetsya

(The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson:
20th Century Begins)
1st episode:
(based on The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb and
The Adventure of the Second Stain)
2nd episode:
(based on His Last Bow and
The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans)
Cast & Crew Credits
The houses of parliament fill the screen against a pale blue background as Cyrillic script scrolls upward and Big Ben chimes the hour. This gives way to a close shot of a candle burning. A sheet of paper is placed before the candle and as the paper warms words appear. The words become lost in a jumble of letters losing all meaning until cutouts are placed over the jumble to reveal the titles. All the while a somber martial air builds behind it. Once the final title is revealed, the camera fades into a scene of two men walking…

One is a youthful fresh-faced Doctor John H. Watson and the other is his friend Stamford. The two make their way to 221B Baker Street, where they are shown in by Mrs. Hudson and are taken up to the gloomy and cluttered sitting room of Sherlock Holmes. A beaker boils over with a puff of smoke on a side table as Sherlock Holmes steps forward. Dressed in his shirtsleeves he has been working on an experiment. Stamford introduces Holmes to Watson and then explains his chemical test to the two visitors. A drop of this and a dab of that, and the beaker in the liquid turns a dull red. Holmes seems pleased by the result. All the while, Watson looks on smiling gently. Holmes, Stamford and Watson speak for a while and obviously an agreement is reached.

Later in the day we find Watson moving in. He is mounting a display of Eastern looking weapons onto the wall. Sabers, a small axe, a horn and a helmet, all go up as Holmes sits looking on. Watson seems to be trying to draw Holmes out into divulging what he does for a living, but seems to be having little success. The two talk a while further before the camera cuts to the next morning where we find Watson seated alone at his breakfast table. He is quietly eating a breakfast of porridge with a boiled egg ahead of him and a glass of orange juice to his left. Without notice a strange-looking gray-whiskered scruffy old man enters and bids Watson “Good morning” and passes up the stairs to Holmes’ room. Watson takes little notice but hears a racket outside and steps down to open the door to find a band of young urchins clustered there. Holmes heads downstairs and steps outside as a curious Watson returns to his breakfast. A few moments later Holmes returns and takes a seat at the table. Watson seems curious as to what happened to the old man but learns nothing. Later Watson furtively questions Mrs. Hudson. He seems very curious about his new roommate.

The next scene finds Watson glancing into Holmes’ room where he sees Holmes surrounded by a gallery of grotesque photographs. (Strangely, the photographs are of various actors from monster movies and include Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman, Frederick March as Mr. Hyde and various others.) Again Holmes seems reluctant to discuss his doings and Watson walks away looking quite disturbed by the incident.

Again we cut to Watson at the table, presumably luncheon this time, as Holmes ushers a guest past him and out to the door. Again Watson questions Mrs. Hudson and the two have a whispered conversation in private.

That night, Watson is lying awake in his bed unable to sleep. He rises and steps out and goes to the sitting room. There he finds Holmes with violin tucked beneath his chin seated before a low fire. They talk as Watson removes a folded piece of paper from his pocket and takes, presumably, a powdered sleeping draught. He reaches for a glass of water, but doesn’t drink from it as it appears to have an eyeball in it! Holmes begins playing his violin, the tune happens to be a version of the series theme music, as Watson returns to bed.
Cut to the next morning where we find Watson and Stamford riding a two-seater bicycle in the park. The two stop at a bench to talk. Watson seems to be voicing grave suspicions about Holmes to Stamford. Clearly Watson must think that Holmes is a criminal of some kind. Watson glances about furtively thinking that perhaps they have been followed or are being watched. The camera pans about stopping briefly to pause on two unsavory looking characters nearby, possibly proving Watson’s suspicions or simply demonstrating his over-active imagination.  Watson presents Stamford with a folded newspaper that contains a ring of skeleton keys that presumably belong to Holmes.

We cut to the front door of 221B Baker Street where we see the back of a man bent in front of the lock, either examining it or possibly picking it. Watson comes up behind him and the fellow turns out to be Holmes wearing dark glasses, a clerical collar and a wide brimmed hat. Watson flourishes the keys and the two go inside.

As Holmes is removing his disguise, Watson re-enters the room with boxing gloves in tow. Presumably the moment of truth is at hand for the camera cuts to the two of them in whites as they begin sparring. They seem fairly evenly matched, but quite in earnest, with Holmes talking all the while, even after laying a straight shot to Watson’s chin that drops him like a rock.  As Watson regains his wits he reaches for a gun and holds it on Holmes who seems to reveal his true occupation as a detective at this time, while Mrs. Hudson administers aide to the doctor.

We next find Holmes and Watson seated and smoking. Both are wearing robes with towels draped around their necks. Holmes seems to be explaining the importance of distinctive cigarette ash and pipe marks or possibly remarking on his tobacco monograph when Watson mentions the bewhiskered old man that he had seen entering Holmes’ room. Holmes, quite amused, wishes Watson “Good Morning” in precisely the voice of the old man and then bursts out laughing, realizing just how completely Watson was taken in by the disguise. Watson joins in with his own laughter, clearly taken aback at his new friend’s remarkable abilities.

As the laughter subsides, Mrs. Hudson enters and announces the presence of a young lady.

We cut back to the sitting room, where both Holmes and Watson are now formally dressed, as Mrs. Hudson ushers in a very distraught, but remarkably pretty, young woman. Holmes introduces Watson. The young lady remarks that Mrs. Farintosh had suggested Holmes to her and introduces herself as Helen Stoner. She then proceeds to tell her tale as Holmes listens intently with his eyes shut.

As she relates her story, we flashback to a scene of Miss Stoner reading in bed by the light of a single candle. Her sister Julia quietly slips into the room to bid her goodnight. The two talk for a moment and it is obvious that Julia is distressed by a strange light tapping that she has heard in her room. Julia kisses her sister and returns to her own room with Helen locking the bedroom door after her sister leaves.

A short time later, Helen’s candle has burned down as she awakes to the sound of screams and rushes out into the dark hall. She pounds frantically on her sister’s door. Finally the door opens and reveals the pale and ghost-like Julia standing before her. Her sister utters a few words and falls dead at Helen’s feet.

The flashback ends and Miss Stoner continues her narrative, concluding with the information that she too has now heard the mysterious knocking in the night.  Holmes is calm, but obviously very much interested in her story. Miss Stoner leaves and Holmes and Watson discuss her plight amongst themselves. Suddenly a loud disturbance can be heard in the hall. Mrs. Hudson is then backed into the room by the bearded and blustering Doctor Grimsby Roylott.

Brandishing a short whip Roylott demands to know which of the two men is Holmes. He leans over the seated Holmes and threatens him loudly until Watson speaks up. Roylott then grabs a fireplace poker, bends it double, drops it on the floor, and leaves abruptly. Standing, Watson looks on, as the seated and impassive Holmes straightens out Roylott’s handiwork, but with a good deal of exertion.

We cut to a country lane at sunset. An open carriage crosses the screen with Holmes and Watson aboard. They are obviously on their way to Stoke Moran. A short distance from the house they take to a footpath through the trees and approach on foot and unseen. A carriage is shown leaving the house, which is followed by a light being waved in an upstairs window. As Holmes and Watson are about to enter the house, a hyena is shown standing nearby.

As Miss Stoner takes them upstairs, Watson pauses and takes in his surroundings. He seems to find the place quite spooky as it is all dark paneling with creepy old paintings staring down from all sides.  On entering the bedroom, Holmes notes the bruise on Helen Stoner’s wrist, clearly the result of her visit to see him. Holmes begins examining the room, noting that the shutters are quite solid. Watson, on the floor, notes that the bed is fixed to the spot and will not move. Holmes remarks on the bell pull and the ventilator. They then go quickly next door to give Roylott’s room a quick examination. There they find a curious leash and a safe, the latter of which Holmes listens to. Holmes remarks on the position of a chair before they return to Miss Stoner’s room.

Once back in the bedroom, they wait quietly, Holmes with his walking stick to hand. At one point they turn down the light. A short while later the sound of a chair scraping across the floor can be heard from next door. There is a curious tapping sound as Holmes rises and strikes a match. In the flare from the flame we can see a snake protruding from the round ventilation hole. Holmes strikes rapidly at the snake with his stick forcing it back through the hole. The three rush from the room accompanied by the sound of screams from next door. They get the door open and enter Roylott’s room only to find the man himself dead upon the floor...with the snake curled about his brow.

Dawn arivves and we find Holmes and Watson back in Baker Street sharing brandy in front of the fireplace. They discuss the details of the case. Then Holmes rises and remarks upon an article in the paper mentioning Kensington. The light fades and the scene is replaced by the end credits rolling over a theatre-stage print as a backdrop.
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