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  • I highly recommend this episode if you're a Holmes fan, and want a good laugh

    • by jolly
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      I am reviewing The Christmas Pudding, a Sherlock Holmes episode from the boxed set, Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Series 39 Thrilling Episodes. This series was produced by Sheldon Reynolds and filmed in France in the fifties. Ronald Howard, the son of actor Leslie Howard, stars as Sherlock Holmes, and Marion Crawford stars as Watson.

      The Christmas Pudding is one of my favorite episodes from the series. It finds Holmes’ life in peril as a man he put away in jail vows revenge.

      It is Christmas


      time, and with the aid of his wife’s tensil on a package, the man is able to escape from jail and go after Holmes. Howard’s Holmes here shows Sherlock Holmes to be a jumpy, edgy, and fearful man.

      During one certain instance when Watson enters the room, we see Holmes fumbling quickly for a firearm in his desk. When Holmes requests that Watson leave the flat for a few days, Watson refuses.

      Holmes then blows up at him and tells him he’s being foolish. Despite this,


      • later on Holmes is able to get Watson out of the flat by inducing him to go to the jail man’s wife and question her.

        It is merely a ploy, and Watson realizes it a bit too late. While he’s away, the man wanting to kill Holmes comes to his flat and shoots at him.

        It isn’t until later that we see that Holmes had made up a dummy of him to sit in his chair, and the man had shot at that, not him. It

        is that little instance that hints at Doyle’s The Empty House, in which House employs someone to make a bust of him.

        That is the only similarity. This episode is very enjoyable.

        One of the funnier moments is when Watson yells at Holmes for inducing him out of the flat when his life was in danger. ‘I swear, sometimes I think you need a nurse!’ He yells at his friend.

        I highly recommend this episode if you’re a Holmes fan, and want a good laugh.




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