"my close intimacy with Sherlock Holmes had interested me deeply in crime" [EMPT] 


It seems nearly impossible to believe, but today marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the 1988 film Without a Clue, starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley. While the premise - that Sherlock Holmes was fictional - may seem absurd to us today, the comedic elements of the film made it a lighthearted romp through what might have been.

Our hero, Sherlock Holmes, is shown to be nothing more than a profligate drunkard of an actor, hired by Dr. Watson (known to himself as "John Watson, the Crime Doctor!") to mask his true identity as a successful detective whilst applying for a position in an exclusive hospital.

Much to his chagrin, the character actor becomes popular and the public (and later Watson) can't seem to do without him. It was a case of art imitating life, as another doctor - one A. Conan Doyle - was resigned to the same fate as the Crime Doctor.

It's a fun film, and with a PG rating, it's family-friendly as well. If you haven't had the opportunity to see Without a Clue yet, we'd recommend taking the opportunity to do so 25 years on.

As we recall, there were a number of Sherlockians who organized special outings to see the screening or premiere of the film. Were you part of such an event? What do you remember? Leave us a comment and let us know.



Without a Clue


  • 6.8/10-IMDb

  • Starring:
    Michael Caine........Sherlock Holmes
    Ben Kingsley..........John Watson
    Jeffrey Jones..........Inspector Lestrade
    Paul Freeman.........Professor Moriarty


    Director: Thom E. Eberhart
    Writers: Gary Murphy, Larry Strawther
    Music: Henry Mancini


    Initial release: October 21, 1988
    Director: Thom Eberhardt
    Running time: 107 minutes
    Initial DVD release: March 2, 2004
    MPAA rating: PG


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