Born this day in 1859, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Daily Reading May 22
From that infallible source (WARNING! SPOILER ALERT]:
- Eille Norwood starred as Holmes in the 1923 film The Mystery of the Dancing Men.
- The 1943 film Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes, is credited as an adaptation of “The Dancing Men,” but the only element of Doyle’s story to be used is the dancing men code. The plot involves Holmes and Professor Moriarty, in a World War II setting, racing to find the pieces of a new bomb sight.
- “The Dancing Men” was adapted for the second episode of the second season of the 1965–68 TV series Sherlock Holmes starring Peter Cushing as Holmes.
- “The Dancing Men” was adapted for the second episode of the 1984 TV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett. In this adaptation, the location of Ridling Thorpe Manor is moved from Norfolk to Derbyshire.
- “The Dancing Men” was dramatised for BBC Radio 4 in 1993 by Bert Coules as part of his complete radio adaptation of the canon, starring Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson, and featuring Peter Tuddenham as Inspector Martin and Christopher Good as Hilton Cubitt.
- “The Dancing Men” inspired the eleventh episode of the 1999 animated TV series Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century.
- “The Adventure of Henry Baskerville and a Dog”, an episode of the NHK puppetry Sherlock Holmes is based on “Hound of the Baskervilles” and “The Dancing Men”. In it, Holmes deciphers the code found in the school in parallel with investigating the real figure of “Monster Dog”.
- In the BBC series Sherlock:
- “The Dancing Men” inspired the second episode of series 1, entitled “The Blind Banker“, where ciphers are a prominent feature.
- “The Dancing Men” case itself is directly portrayed at the end of the third and final episode of series 4, entitled “The Final Problem“, where the identical “AM HERE ABE SLANEY” cipher is shown.