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Larry Hagman as Sherman Holmes

Larry Hagman as Sherman Holmes

Larry Hagman (1931-2012) was a legendary American actor, director and producer, who became world famous as the evil J. R. Ewing from the memorable TV series Dallas. His first notable role was astronaut Anthony Nelson in the comedy I Dream of Jeannie. He even played Sherlock Holmes in the 1976 television movie The Return of the World’s Greatest Detective.

Short story of the movie: Sherman Holmes is a cop in New York. He reads the adventure of Sherlock Holmes in a park, his head resting in the shadow of his motorcycle. It falls upon him and he is seriously injured. After regaining consciuosness he believes he is Sherlock Holmes. A police psychiatrist is ordered to look after him. So begin the adventures of the two people – they try to find a serial killer. Naturally Sherman moves to 221 B Baker Street in Los Angeles. With the help of his doctor he collects things that are necessary for their investigations, and he purchases a Sherlock costume, a pipe and a violin too.

The movie is ironic, and plays a lot with the written and unwritten laws of the Sherlockian world. Sherman’s helper is a woman called dr. Joan Watson. This Holmes is a little bit stroppy, but he is able to say thank you to his partner. (The situation is the same in the Elementary series of CBS.)

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