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Produced in Europe for American audiences, the "Sherlock Holmes" 1954 TV series captures the essence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters and themes. Ronald Howard (son of film star Leslie Howard) stars as the intensely analytical Holmes, aided by Dr. Watson (H. Marion Crawford) and antagonized by the Inspector Lestrade (Archie Duncan). The Case of the Reluctant Carpenter: An anonymous arsonist burns Covent Garden to the ground and holds the city of London hostage, threatening greater violence unless a handsome ransom is paid. With no other leads, Holmes and Watson must search through the ash and rubble for clues to the criminal's identity before he strikes again. The Case of the Perfect Husband: Michael Gough (Horror of Dracula, Horrors of the Black Museum) stars as Russell Partridge, a bluebeard who tells his beatiful young wife Janet that she has one day to live before he murders her like his seven previous wives. No one believes Janet except Sherlock Holmes, who must race against the clock to trap the diabolical killer. The Case of the Royal Murder: As payment for detective services rendered, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are invited for a weekend in the Balkans. Their holiday is cut short when the visiting Prince Stefan is poisoned and their host is accused of the murder. Only Holmes can uncover the truth - but first he must avoid being the next victim. The Case of the Shy Ballerina: Inspector Lestrade wakes the detective in the dead of night to announce that Watson's hat has been found at the scene of a murder. To clear his partner's name, Holmes tracks a Russian ballerina (Nathalie Schafer of "Gilligan's Island"), and uncovers an international plot of deceit, blackmail and espionage.

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