Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, The
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Priklucheniya Sherlocka Holmsa i Doktora Watsona) is a Soviet series of five TV movies by Igor Maslennikov based on Arthur Conan Doyle's novels and stories, starring Vasily Livanov as Sherlock Holmes and Vitaly Solomin as Dr. Watson.
The series ran as follows:
- Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (1979)
- Ep. 1: "Acquaintance" (based on A Study in Scarlet and The Adventure of the Speckled Band)
- Ep. 2: "Bloody Inscription" (based on A Study in Scarlet)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (1980)
- Ep. 1: "The Master-Blackmailer" (based on The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton)
- Ep. 2: "Deadly Fight" (based on The Final Problem)
- Ep. 3: "Hunt for the Tiger" (based on The Adventure of the Empty House)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983; two episodes, based on The Hound of the Baskervilles)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Treasures of Agra (1983; two episodes, based on The Sign of the Four and A Scandal in Bohemia)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Twentieth Century Approaches (1986; two 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 Russian Nagant M1895 revolver is used by Sherlock Holmes (Vasily Livanov) in the first episode of the first movie ("Acquaintance") when he "draws" on the wall by shooting Queen Victoria's monogram ("VR" - "Victoria Regina"). In this episode the revolver is incorrectly called ".38". In the first movie, the Nagant 1895 is also used by Inspectors Lestrade (Boryslav Brondukov) and Gregson (Igor Dmitriev). British constables also carry Nagants in various scenes, which is an error, as the British police at that time didn't issue the Nagant.
British Constabulary revolver
A Belgian copy of Webley RIC revolver known as "British Constabulary" is Sherlock Holmes' main weapon in Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The same revolver is Dr. Watson's (Vitaly Solomin) main weapon in The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Treasures of Agra and The Twentieth Century Approaches. British Constabulary is also briefly seen in hands of Inspector Lestrade in "Hunt for the Tiger" episode and in one scene in The Hound of the Baskervilles. In the last case Lestrade uses Constabulary revolver instead of Reichsrevolver M1879 (which is seen in his hands before and after this scene) most likely because he had to fire at the Hound of the Baskervilles, and Reichsrevolver couldn't shoot due to some reason.
Webley Mk VI
A Webley Mk VI revolver is Sherlock Holmes' main weapon in The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Treasures of Agra and The Twentieth Century Approaches. This revolver is anachronism for 1880s-90s when the story takes place; apparently Mk VI stands in for the earlier Webley models, such as Webley-Pryse.
Webley Bulldog revolver (most likely a Belgian copy) is seen in Sherlock Holmes' handbag in "The Master-Blackmailer" episode.
Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action
In Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson Dr. Watson is armed with a Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action (most likely not original S&W but a European, possibly Spanish clone). In one scene of the first episode of the first movie ("Acquaintance") Sherlock Holmes incorrectly called Watson's revolver "Webley-Scott .38 army model". The same revolver is briefly seen on Holmes' table in "Acquaintance" and in hands of Sherlock Holmes in "Bloody Inscription" and "The Master-Blackmailer" episodes.
Reichsrevolver M1879 is seen among Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson handguns in one scene of the first movie. This revolver is also the main weapon of Inspector Lestrade. In "The Hound of the Baskervilles" Lestrade's revolver is seen in hands of Dr. Watson for a short time. This wiped to nearly white revolver appears to be the same prop, used in numerous Lenfilm productions.
In the final scene of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" Stapleton (Oleg Yankovsky) is armed with Galand revolver. This is most likely Russian contract Galand in 12x14mmR calibre which was put into service in Russian Navy in 1869 as "4 1/2-line Galyan revolver" and served until 1881.
Colt Police Positive
In "Hunt for the Tiger" several constables are armed with revolvers that looks like Colt Police Positive.
In "Bloody Inscription" a pocket revolver (supposedly a Belgian copy of Smith & Wesson system in .32 caliber) is seen in hands of Joseph Stangerson (Viktor Aristov) when he is disarmed by Jefferson Hope (Nikolai Karachentsov).
Smith & Wesson Model 2 Double Action
Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model
Another revolver, carried by sir Henry Baskerville, is a Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model.
FN Model 1922
Four Flintlock Pistols in Eduardo Lucas' weapon collection is seen in "The Twentieth Century Approaches. Part 1".
Marlin Model 1889
Sporterized Vetterli Model 1869/70
In the "Hunt for the Tiger" episode Colonel Sebastian Moran (Nikolai Kryukov) appears with the weapon that is described as "specially designed airgun". This weapon appears to be a Vetterli Model 1869/70 rifle in the sporterized configuration, with the handguard shortcut for most of its length, retain the original 11-shot tube magazine, and slightly shortened barrel. Probably the same gun is seen in The Last Hunt (Poslednyaya okhota), filmed by the studio and same year.
In one scene in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" a police constable on the railway station holds a rifle. An appropriate rifle for this place and time would be a Martini-Henry but it hardly can be seen in a Russian-filmed movie. Maybe Mosin Nagant Rifle is a best guess as the screen rifle seems to have a straight bolt handle and a typical shape of the magazine.
Double Barreled Shotgun
Percussion Cap Musket
A percussion cap hunting musket is seen in final scenes of "Deadly Fight". The gun has military style sights, so it is supposed to be a converted military gun, possibly Enfield Pattern 1853.
Two Oriental-style flintlock muskets in Eduardo Lucas' weapon collection is seen in "The Twentieth Century Approaches. Part 1".