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A Message from the Deep Sea 

Dr. Thorndyke is asked by a former student to help on his first murder case. A prostitute is murdered and it seemed to be a woman has killed the lady. Dr. Thorndyke helps find the actual murderer with the evidence available.

Director:

Jim Goddard (as James Goddard)

Writers:

Philip Mackie (dramatization), Austin Freeman (by) (as R. Austin Freeman)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
John Neville ... Dr. Thorndyke
James Cossins ... Dr. Jervis
Bernard Archard ... Dr. Davidson
Terence Rigby ... Det. Sgt. Bates
Eve Pearce Eve Pearce ... Mrs. Goldstein
Morris Perry ... Coroner
Paul Darrow ... Dr. Hart
Nicholas Smith ... Solicitor
Edward Dentith ... Supt. Miller
Ray Lonnen ... Sam Turner
Jean Marlow Jean Marlow ... May O'Brien (as Jean Marlowe)
Stanley Lebor ... Paul Petrofsky
Frank Mills ... Polton
Valerie Bell Valerie Bell ... Kate Wilfer
Joanna Cooper Joanna Cooper ... Edith Johnson
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Dr. Thorndyke is asked by a former student to help on his first murder case. A prostitute is murdered and it seemed to be a woman has killed the lady. Dr. Thorndyke helps find the actual murderer with the evidence available.

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post mortem | doctor | See All (2) »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1971 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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Color
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Dr. Jervis: You're quite right.
Dr. Thorndyke: I should prefer you to add 'As always' to that remark.
Dr. Jervis: As always.
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Mystery for the medical man
29 August 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes centred on fictional detectives created or set around the same time as Conan Doyle's great mastermind. Despite this premise being a little shaky - was there a danger of amateur sleuths outnumbering the police?

This episode features Dr Thorndyke, played by John Neville, who is first a medical man and second a solver of mysteries. A young girl has been murdered in her boarding house and the solution looks obvious - but is it?

Neville plays the sleuth with aplomb and this is a strong opening episode. The character is arrogant, capable, and likable - and of course his intelligence makes his police colleagues and/or adversaries look like idiots!


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