Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Twentieth Century Approaches, The (Priklyucheniya Sherloka Holmsa i doktora Vatsona: Dvadtsatyy vek nachinaetsya)

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
and Dr. Watson:
The Twentieth Century Approaches
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DVD Cover
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Directed by Igor Maslennikov
Release Date 1987
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Distributor Central Television
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sherlock Holmes Vasily Livanov
Dr. Watson Vitaly Solomin
Mrs. Hudson Rina Zelyonaya
Inspector Lestrade Boryslav Brondukov
Mycroft Holmes Boris Klyuev
Prime Minister Lord Ballinger Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy
Sir Trelawney Hope Aleksandr Romantsov
Von Bork Leonid Kuravlyov


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Twentieth Century Approaches (Priklyucheniya Sherloka Holmsa i doktora Vatsona: Dvadtsatyy vek nachinaetsya) is a Soviet 1987 (filmed 1986) mini-series, the fifth and final part of 1979-1987 TV series Priklyucheniya Sherloka Holmsa i doktora Vatsona, a screen adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's works, directed by Igor Maslennikov and starring Vasily Livanov as Sherlock Holmes and Vitaly Solomin as Dr. Watson. It contains two feature-length episodes, based on The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb, The Adventure of the Second Stain, The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans and His Last Bow.


The following weapons were used in the film The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Twentieth Century Approaches (Priklyucheniya Sherloka Holmsa i doktora Vatsona: Dvadtsatyy vek nachinaetsya):

Contents


Revolvers

Webley .455 Mk VI

A Webley .455 Mk VI revolver is used by Sherlock Holmes (Vasily Livanov). This revolver appeared only in 1915 so it doesn't fit even for pre-Great War era.

Webley Mk. VI - .455 Webley.
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Sherlock Holmes cleans his Webley.
Holmes holds the revolver.
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Holmes holds his Webley during the arrest of Col. Valentine Walter.

British Constabulary revolver

A Belgian copy of Webley RIC revolver known as "British Constabulary" is used by Dr. Watson's (Vitaly Solomin).

Belgian "British Constabulary" revolver, c.1894 - .380. While most "British Constabulary" revolvers has round barrels, this one has faceted barrel, like the screen gun.
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Watson holds his revolver during the arrest of Col. Valentine Walter.

Reichsrevolver M1879

Like in previous parts of the series, Inspector Lestrade's (Boryslav Brondukov) handgun is a Reichsrevolver M1879.

Reichsrevolver M1879 Revolver - 10,6x25R.
Inspector Lestrade holds his revolver.
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Lestrade holds his revolver during the arrest of Col. Valentine Walter.
Watson and Lestrade hold Watler at gunpoint with their revolvers.

Pistols

FN Model 1922

German spy Von Bork (Leonid Kuravlyov) is seen with an FN Model 1922 pistol, not fitting for 1914 when the story is set (although it can stand for its predecessor, FN 1910).

FN Model 1922 - .32 ACP.
Von Bork raises his pistol when Watson accidentally uncovers Holmes.
A close view of the pistol.
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Holmes picks up Von Bork's pistol.

Flintlock Pistol

Four Flintlock Pistols are seen in Eduardo Lucas' weapon collection.

Turkish Flintlock Pistol.
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Eduardo Lucas' weapon collection is seen on the wall. It contains two flintlock muskets and four flintlock pistols together with numerous swords and daggers. A pistol on top at the right appears to be a kind of "knee pistol" with a small buttstock instead of a grip.

Shotguns

Double Barreled Shotgun

In the opening scene in the second episode Von Bork (Leonid Kuravlyov) and baron von Herling (Vladimir Tatosov) are seen with double barreled shotguns.

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Von Bork and baron von Herling on hunt in von Bork's estate.
Von Bork holds both shotguns.

Muskets

Oriental Musket

Two Oriental-style flintlock muskets are seen in Eduardo Lucas' weapon collection.

Turkish Flintlock Musket
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Eduardo Lucas' weapon collection is seen on the wall. It contains two flintlock muskets and four flintlock pistols together with numerous swords and daggers.

Footage

When Sherlock Holmes reads a telegram from his brother Mycroft that tells that "all the King's men" are at his disposal duirng the investigation of the case of stolen diplomatic letter, a documentary footage on background shows Vickers Medium tanks that appeared only in 1920s.

A Vickers Medium Mk I. The barrel of main gun is shorter and of larger caliber that a standard 3-pounder (47 mm) gun, so this is a rare CS (close support) version, armed with a 15-pounder 3.7 inch (94 mm) howitzer.
A group of Vickers Medium tanks.

Another documentary footage in same scene shows Royal Navy battleships.

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