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Professor Moriarty returns to kill Sherlock Holmes and unleashes a complex and clever plan to lure the great detective to his death.
This production was produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival as a stage play. It was filmed for television by A&E as one of their 'A&E Stage' attempts to support arts and cultural performances. Unfortunately, the melodramatic acting style that works in a 600-seat theater didn't translate well to the media of television, particularly in close-ups.
The original 1981 HBO broadcast version does not show the entire Williamstown Theater Festival play. Instead it opens with a scene of Dr. Watson narrating the details of what is not shown. He fills in backstory for what is only implied in the deleted portion. His narrative then fades into the remainder of the play's Act I. This version ends with the final curtain of the play.
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