PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective, Dr. Watson.
The name of the stage production written by fictional playwright Oswald Brund and billed as "A New Drama", in which alcoholic second-rate actor Reginald Kincaid (Sir Michael Caine) had starred, and which had closed before it had even finished its first performance on opening night at the Orpheum Theatre, was "Shadow of Death".
This is a respectable Presbyterian house, I assure you.
Holmes: Take no notice of her. The woman drinks a bit.
When "Holmes" returns home after Watson's apparent death, the shadow of the house number on the inside wall, and other shadows, indicate strong sunlight from a certain angle. He then goes outside and the doorway is not lit that way at all. Also, the width of the panes around the house number doesn't match the shadow.
The opening credits are superimposed over still images of Victorian London. The final shot of Holmes and Watson form the backdrop for the end credits.
$1,246,772 (USA) (23 October 1988)