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Without a Clue is a 1988 comedy film, the premise of which is that Dr. Watson (Ben Kingsley) created the fictional character Sherlock Holmes so that he could solve crimes incognito. His published case journals were so popular that he was obliged to hire an out-of-work actor, Reginald Kincaid (Michael Caine) to play Holmes. However, he soon discovers that Kincaid is a bumbling, gambling, womanizing drunkard who takes all the credit for solving crimes.


This film provides examples of:

 Reginald Kincaid: The Shadow of Death. The gripping drama was the last play presented at the Orpheum. It closed after only one night, but not without garnering some praise. Harris in the Daily Telegram said, 'In an otherwise dismal evening, Reginald Kincaid provided some welcome laughs.'

Wiggins: 'Welcome laughs'? You said it was a gripping drama!

Reginald Kincaid: Well that doesn't matter now, does it?

  • No Name Given: Lysette Anthony's character masquerades as Leslie Giles for most of the movie, but her real name is never revealed. The credits list her simply as Fake Leslie.
  • Red Herring: The Windermere events.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Holmes and Watson running away as the theater is about to explode.
  • Sherlock Scan: Played with in so many ways.
  • Someone's Touching My Butt: Holmes is able to deduce the identity of the groper, because he did it. Then he does it again.
  • Suicide as Comedy: After believing that Watson is dead, Kincaid tries to hang himself, and of course bungles it.
  • The Ditz: Holmes. Also Lestrade.
  • The Watson: Holmes again. At least, for most of the movie. Explicitly not Watson.
  • Useful Book:

 Holmes: I have a Bible! [gets it out from under the leg of his bed that it was keeping from wobbling]

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