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Jeremy Brett returns as master detective Sherlock Holmes in this adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle short story produced for British television. Hettie Doran (Paris Jefferson) is a wealthy American who has agreed to marry Lord Robert St. Simon (Simon Williams), widely regarded as the most eligible bachelor in Great Britain. On the day of the nuptials, Hettie goes missing, and Sherlock Holmes (Brett) and his assistant, Watson (Edward Hardwicke), are called in to investigate by the distraught groom. However, Holmes has personal misgivings about the case, which have been provoked by a series of troubling dreams. Sherlock Holmes: The Eligible Bachelor also features Rosalie Williams and Geoffrey Beevers.
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While Eligible Bachelor is sometimes stretched a little too thin (the original story isn't one of Conan Doyle's best), and one or two moments come awfully close to going over the top, this one is still an interesting and rewarding Sherlock Holmes. The dream sequences were fascinating, and Holmes' distress poignant.
This episode (The Eligible Bachelor) much like The Master Blackmailer, adds a significant amount to the story line compared with the original short story. It is not clear why the producers moved away from the successful formula of telling original Sherlock Holmes story in 50 minutes that was used in the earlier episodes. Holmes' dreams help him solve the mystery, which runs contrary to scientific observation thing that made Holmes famous. I am a big fan of the earlier episodes, but his one is so-so