Find 39 full episodes of the Ronald Howard Sherlock Holmes 1954 TV series arranged according to release date.
This series featuring Ronald Howard as Sherlock Holmes is the first and only American television series of Sherlock Holmes cases before Elementary. The series featuring Basil Rathbone are films, not television series.
Each episode is about 30 minutes long. Much like Basil Rathbone’s films, they are only loosely based on Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. Ronald Howard portrays a much younger more energetic and laid-back Sherlock Holmes.
There are 39 episodes and almost all of them are available on Youtube.
I like the light-heartedness of the stories but some of the mysteries are a far cry from the original.
The Ronald Howard Sherlock Holmes TV Series
1. The Case of the Cunningham Heritage
Watson made his acquaintance with Holmes in this first episode. This is taken from A Study in Scarlet. A young lady is suspected of murdering her fiance. Holmes solves the murder mystery and found the real murderer.
2. The Case of Lady Beryl
The case of Lady Beryl is loosely based on The Adventure of the Second Stain. Lady Beryl confessed to murdering a man at her residence but Holmes discredited her. Holmes reconstructs the crime scene to expose the real murderer.
3. The Case of the Pennsylvania Gun
A Sussex squire called John Watson was killed by a gunshot wound. Watson and Holmes investigate. Holmes finds out that John Douglas was not murdered. Based on The Valley of Fear.
4. The Case of the Texas Cowgirl
A dead body was found in the hotel room of a cowgirl, a member of a visiting rodeo show. She seeks Holmes’ help to solve the mystery.
5. The Case of the Belligerent Ghost
Holmes made the connection between a ghost haunting and the theft of a jewel called the Blue Madonna in the Pembroke museum.
6. The Case of the Shy Ballerina
Dr Watson became a murder suspect of a diplomat Holmes unmasked the real murderer. This episode features Natalie Schafer, who played Mrs Howell in Gilligan’s Island. She played the late diplomat’s wife.
7. The Case of the Winthrop Legend
Based on The Five Orange Pips, Holmes not only failed to prevent a murder, he was also unable to find proof to convict the murderer. The murderer conveniently fell to her death though.
8. The Case of the Blind Man’s Bluff
The crew of the ship Gloria North died mysteriously after receiving a chicken claw. Holmes investigate. I can just imagine the giggles on the set with actors having to look scared while staring at a chicken foot.
9. The Case of Harry Crocker
Holmes helped an escape artist called Harry Crocker who is framed for murder. The murder suspect kept escaping. It is quite fun.
10. The Mother Hubbard Case
Holmes is asked to find a missing man by his fiance and father. Holmes discovered a serial murderer who had killed seven men. He also uncovered the how and why.
11. The Red-Headed League
The episode is a simplified version of The Red-Headed League. Holmes discovered the connection between a strange job and a bank robbery.
12. The Case of the Shoeless Engineer
The episode follows that of The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb. I guess it is better to loose a shoe than a thumb for TV.
13. The Case of the Split Ticket
Three persons split a sweepstake ticket. One man turned up dead. Holmes uncovered the fraud behind it.
14. The Case of the French Interpreter
This episode is a simplified version of The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter. Two differences: the interpreter is French and the victim survived.
15. The Case of the Singing Violin
Holmes saved a girl from her step-father who was planning to usurp her fortune by trying to frighten her and drive her insane.
16. The Case of the Greystone Inscription
I find that this episode resembles The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual. A lady seeks Holmes’ help to find her fiance. He went to Greystone Castle to find King Richard II treasures.
17. The Case of the Laughing Mummy
An ancient Egyptian mummy is haunting a family by making strange laughing sounds. Holmes deduces where the sound is coming from. He also identified the supposed mummy as the body of an archaeologist.
18. The Case of the Thistle Killer
A serial murderer is killing people and leaving behind thistle. Holmes is recruited to find the murderer.
19. The Case of the Vanished Detective
This episode reminds me of The Adventure of the Empty Room where Holmes masqueraded as a book seller after a long absence from London. In this episode, Holmes went undercover as a shopkeeper in order to catch an escaped convict.
20. The Case of the Careless Suffragette
A suffragette is suspected of creating a bomb that killed a parliament official. Holmes uncovered the real bomber.
21. The Case of the Reluctant Carpenter
A bomber threatened to continue bombing places in London unless he is paid thousands. Holmes uncovered the next bomb site and successfully removed the bomb in the nick of time.
22. The Case of the Deadly Prophecy
A blackmailer uses hypnosis of schoolboys to blackmail and kill. Holmes investigate.
23. The Case of the Christmas Pudding
A convicted murderer escaped with the help of a Christmas pudding. He sought revenge on Holmes who was the one who caught him. This episode borrowed from The Adventure of the Empty House and The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone.
24. The Case of the Night Train Riddle
This episode, showcasing a boy who ran away from his father and was nearly killed, reminds me of The Adventure of the Priory School.
25. The Case of the Violent Suitor
Holmes was asked to help prevent the marriage between a violent bad-tempered man and the daughter of a murder victim. This episode is based on The Adventure of the Illustrious Client.
26. The Case of the Baker Street Nursemaids
Holmes solved the kidnapping of the Durant family.
27. The Case of the Perfect Husband
A perfect husband threatens to kill his wife at 9 o’clock. Nobody believes him except Holmes. He was able to thwart his plan and make a gruesome discovery in a secret hiding place.
28. The Case of the Jolly Hangman
Suicide is actually murder. Holmes uncovers the murderer before he can murder the victim’s wife as well.
29. The Case of the Imposter Mystery
Someone is posing as Holmes and offering faulty investigative services. Holmes and Watson go undercover as maharajas to lure the imposter out.
30. The Case of the Eiffel Tower
An adventure regarding a coin leads Holmes, Lestrade and Watson to the Eiffel Tower.
31. The Case of the Exhumed Client
Holmes investigates the murder of Sir Charles in a tower room. The murderer tried to kill Holmes in the same manner. This episode is loosely based on The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot.
32. The Case of the Impromptu Performance
A husband is accused of murdering his wife. Holmes proves his innocence.
33. The Case of the Baker Street Bachelors
A marriage bureau is involved in blackmailing activities. Holmes and Watson pose as eligible bachelors in order to uncover the truth.
34. The Case of the Royal Murder
Holmes and Watson witnessed the murder of a European king, allegedly at the hands of another European king. They are able to expose the culprit and avoid a war.
35. The Case of the Haunted Gainsborough
A ghost is frightening off all prospective buyers of a painting that McGregor is trying to sell. If he can’t sell the painting, he cannot make his mortgage payment on his castle. Holmes solves the mystery and uncover the ghost.
36. The Case of the Neurotic Detective
A series of theft have been happening in London. The police are unable to track the perpetrator. Watson suspects Holmes is the mastermind.
37. The Case of the Unlucky Gambler
A boy engaged Holmes to find his missing father.
38. The Case of the Diamond Tooth
Holmes linked a murder to a diamond tooth. This episode is loosely based on The Adventure of the Speckled Band. The victim was murdered by a snake.
39. The Case of the Tyrant’s Daughter
A man disguised his suicide as murder in order to frame his daughter’s fiance.
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