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Second Stain/Six Napoleons

Jeremy Brett , Edward Hardwicke , John Bruce    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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"The Second Stain"
Arguably the most entertaining and satisfying episode from the entire Granada Television series about Sherlock Holmes, "The Second Stain" finds Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous sleuth facing intertwining problems, each with very different consequences. On the one hand, a saber-rattling letter to the British government from a "foreign potentate" has disappeared from the hands of the Rt. Honorable Trelawney Hope (Stuart Wilson), which could incite a major war if it turns up in some visible way. On the other hand, Hope's wife, Lady Hilda (Patricia Hodge), appears to know something about the letter's disposition, but she won't say on pain of some undefined disaster to her marriage. Holmes (Jeremy Brett in his finest hour) and Dr. Watson (a wonderful performance by Edward Hardwicke) can't unravel one mystery without tackling the other, and then there is a murder to boot. The results are well worth the story complications that ensue. The look of epiphany on Brett's face when the ever-clueless Inspector Lestrade (Colin Jeavons) tells Holmes about an odd detail in the murder victim's home--the placement of a certain bloodstained rug doesn't correspond to the location of the soaked-through stain on the floor below--is enormous fun.

"The Six Napoleons"
Yup, that is Counselor Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation, looking particularly glum in this episode from Granada Television's Sherlock Holmes series. Troi--or rather actress Marina Sirtis--is part of the cast of this wild mystery, which suggests that a madman with a grudge against Napoleon Bonaparte is smashing clay busts of his likeness all over London. Dr. Watson proposes that the criminal has a psychological obsession, but Holmes scoffs at that idea. There is indeed much more going on than meets the eye in this story, as plainly evidenced when a notorious Mafia figure turns up dead. Meanwhile, anyone in possession of ornamental Bonapartes is in danger--and only Holmes knows why. This exciting installment in the series is also noteworthy for its rare glimpse of a softer side of Holmes, as seen in a memorable coda to the story. Brett is brilliant as the famed sleuth. --Tom Keogh


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as The Blue Carbuncle June 23 2003
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The Second Stain is a great straightforward mystery, as is The Six Napoleans, in which we get to see Marina Sirtis before her Star Trek days. But these episodes are not better than many of the others, and in my book not as good as my favorite of all, The Blue Carbuncle. Just the same you will find no Sherlock Holmes better than the late lamented Jeremy Brett. If you don't have this DVD and you like Holmes stories, then buy it. It's that simple. My only warning is to stay away from most of the 2-hour episodes (one of them is alright, but I've forgotten its name). But The Eligible Bachelor and The Last Vampire (or The Sussex Vampire), are terrible, and The Hound of the Baskervilles, sadly, is almost as bad. Stick with the one-hour episodes, though, and you can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! A MUST FOR ALL SHERLOCK HOLMES FANS Aug. 3 2014
EXCELLENT! A MUST FOR ALL SHERLOCK HOLMES FANS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Brett -- enough said Aug. 24 2005
By M. Waldman - Published on Amazon.com
If you have already seen any of the Holmes mysteries starring this wonderful actor, you need not read further. Purchase this one as well. If you haven't yet seen them, this is a great place to start. Brett could do more with a twist of lip or shift of an eyebrow than other actors can with their entire body. He was not only the best Holmes ever, but one of the best actors in the world (IMO).
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST IN THE SERIES Jan. 24 2010
By AL - Published on Amazon.com
I fully agree that this episode is one of, if not THE best in the Jeremy Brett series. They did an excellent job of portraying the gravity of the situation that Holmes, Watson, & Lord Salisbury? would have felt. Very worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Sept. 7 2013
By dhumble - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good Sherlock thought I prefer Basil Rathbone. However, one can never get enough Sherlock. I like the old black and white films with shadow play.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Short Stories June 26 2014
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Vol 2

These are based on Sir A. Conan Doyle's famous short stories and adapted to these movies. See the individual movies for more details.

The Second Stain.
Two high government officials visit Holmes on an important matter, a missing official document. Mr. Trelawney Hope explains its importance. "Who else knew about it?" Its publication could mean war! [Note their restrained language.] Mrs. Hope arrives later. A foreign agent was found murdered! A coincidence? Why is this letter held bak? Holmes and Watson visit the murder scene to see a stained rug. Who shifted it? Constable MacPherson explains. Holmes and Watson visit Mrs. Hope for a talk. She tells what happened! Later Mr. Hope finds the letter in his dispatch box! How did this happen? "We too have our diplomatic secrets" says Holmes. [Was this Doyle's comment on the personal lives of the aristocracy?]

The Six Napoleons.
A young woman sponges herself in front of an open window. Across the street a man argues with a woman, then an older man. He rushes off to fight another man, but loses. [Subtitles would be helpful here.] The winner runs away and is chased by the police who capture him. Lestrade visits Holmes about some crimes, smashed statues. Next there is a body by a doorstep, and another smashed statue by an empty house. Holmes visits the shop where they are made. Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade keep watch at night. They catch a man, Holmes finds the sixth statue and the cause of the crimes. Scotland Yard is proud of Holmes. "E finito." [Why did Doyle use immigrants in this story?]
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2 April 1 2014
By Norma S. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this volume. These productions of Sherlock Holmes are very well produced and acted. They stick very close to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing and the English studio did them very well.
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