Cast and Crew: James Goldman (Play/Screenplay); Paul Newman (Producer); John Barry (Score); Jack Gilford, Al Lewis, Rue McClanahan, Eugene Roche, F. Murray Abraham, M. Emmet Walsh
What It’s About: Justin Playfair (George C. Scott) thinks he’s Sherlock Holmes. When his brother (Lester Rawlins) tries to institutionalize Playfair to gain control of Justin’s estate and pay off a crook (James Tolkan), he runs into an obstacle: Dr. Mildred Watson (Joanne Woodward), who not only refuses to do the bidding of her boss, Dr. Strauss (Ron Weyland), but ends up accompanying Playfair/Holmes while he attempts to solve the riddle of the blackmail note he found so that he might foil Dr. Moriarty.
Why Watch it Today?: Today is the birthday of Dr. Watson. They Might Be Giants is a very different take on the Holmes story, mixing it with Don Quixote and some late 60s/early 70s rebelliousness. You can read our review here.