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The Case of the Shoeless Engineer – January 3, 1955

The Case of the Shoeless Engineer – January 3, 1955

“… I have lost my thumb, and I have lost a fifty-guinea fee, and what have I gained!”

– The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR)

In 1954, Ronald Howard and H. Marion Crawford would star as Holmes and Watson in 39 episodes of a syndicated Sherlock Holmes television series. The 30 minute episodes were produced by Sheldon Reynolds, who would later do another Holmes series, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, in 1980 and would reuse many of the same episodes.

Many of the stories in the series had similarities to the original stories of the Canon, but with subtle changes. Episode 12, The Shoeless Engineer, is an excellent example of this. Based on The Engineer’s Thumb, Victor Hatherly only loses his shoe rather than any body parts. The female role of Elisa from the original story is tweaked and that role is called Ruth Connors. In addition, this episode has the criminals being caught, which is the opposite of the original story of Doyle’s.

This episode originally aired on January 3, 1955.

Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Since we having recently been talking about a mystery involving a giant hound, let’s turn our focus onto a giant hound that helps solves mysteries. In 1969, the animation studios of Hanna-Barbera produced the first episodes of Scooby-Doo,… Continue Reading

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Empty House Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Empty House Crowns

“… with convulsive strength he seized Holmes by the throat; but I struck him on the head with the butt of my revolver …” – The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT) Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post,… Continue Reading

Elementary’s Holmes and Watson at the Hall of Fame for Great Americans

Elementary’s Holmes and Watson at the Hall of Fame for Great Americans

“… having attained the national fame which he has now achieved.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) In the May 1, 2016 episode of CBS’s Elementary (Season 4, Episode 23 – The Invisible Hand), Holmes and Watson determine that someone has stepped into the leadership void caused by Moriarty’s arrest and imprisonment. Holmes investigates further and discovers Professor… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Final Problem

The 17 Steps: The Final Problem

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Final Problem (FINA) THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND … WAIT A MINUTE! A still-bereaved Watson writes: “My hand has been forced, however, by the recent letters in which Colonel James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother, and I have no choice but… Continue Reading

Heritage Auctions’ October 8, 2014 Auction Lot Descriptions of Two Irregular Plates

Heritage Auctions’ October 8, 2014 Auction Lot Descriptions of Two Irregular Plates

“Well, really, this is a very pretty little mystery!” – The Sign of The Four (SIGN) LOT 45316 – Original Brass Plate Mounted to a Dinner Tray Celebrating Sherlock Holmes and the … – Heritage Auctions October 8, 2014 Rare Book Sale, Beverly Hills We recently reprinted Jon Lellenberg’s 2014 article on The Mystery of The… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Greek Interpreter

The 17 Steps: The Greek Interpreter

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Greek Interpreter (GREE) MY ROOMMATE IS AN ALIEN “This reticence upon his part had increased the somewhat inhuman effect which he produced upon me, until sometimes I found myself regarding him as an isolated phenomenon, a brain without a heart, as deficient in… Continue Reading

The Three Garridebs on Television

The Three Garridebs on Television

The Adventures of the Three Garridebs has only been adapted for television a handful of times, however one of those times is probably the most significant television appearance for Sherlock Holmes. On November 27, 1937 NBC aired 3GAR, during field tests before actual television service would start, from their Radio City studio in New York.… Continue Reading