The Case of the Cunningham Heritage

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The Case of the Cunningham Heritage (1954)

The Case of the Cunningham Heritage is the 1st episode of the 1954-1955 TV series Sherlock Holmes starring Ronald Howard as Sherlock Holmes and Howard Marion-Crawford as Dr. Watson. Aired on 18 october 1954 on MPTV (USA). Black & White. 27 min.

In this first episode Watson meets Holmes, though the plot is not based on A Study in Scarlet, some original details are there: violin, microscope, inspector Lestrade, Baker Street irregulars... With some humorous and serious moments, the tone of the whole show is set.

Full episode





  • Director : Jack Gage
  • Producer : Sheldon Reynolds
  • Associate Producer : Nicole Milinaire
  • Screenplay : Sheldon Reynolds
  • Cinematography : Raymond Clunie
  • Production Manager : Sacha Kamenka
  • Film Editor : George Gale
  • Music : Paul Durand
  • Set Designer : Raymond Druart
  • Sound Equipment : Poste Parisien
  • Engineer : Tony Leenhardt

Plot summary

After his return from Afghanistan, Dr. Watson meets Sherlock Holmes and they installed at 221b Baker Street. They soon work together on the Peter Cunningham murder. The main suspect is Joan, Peter's fiancée or wife as Holmes deduces. Holmes and Watson decides to enter Cunningham's house at night illegally to investigate further. Ralph (Peter's brother) surprises them and confess the murder to them as he is about to kill them. Watson succeeds to disarm Ralph and punch him down. Lestrade arrives and arrests Ralph Cunningham.


  • France : L'Héritage de Peter Cunningham
  • Germany : Das Cunningham-Erbe