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George C. Scott stars as Justin Playfair, a retired, widowed judge who labors under the delusion that he's Sherlock Holmes. Feigning concern, Playfair's greedy brother Blevins (Lester Rawlins) hires psychologist Dr. Mildred Watson (Joanne Woodward) to certify that Justin is insane--and in so doing gain control of the judge's millions. Instead, Dr. Watson is drawn into Playfair's dream world, accompanying the judge on his quest to find the elusive (and imaginary) Professor Moriarty. Reality rears its head when a group of vicious blackmailers, to whom Blevins is deeply in debt, attempt to assassinate brother Justin. In a sequence originally cut from the release version but restored for television, Playfair and Watson are rescued by a group of middle-aged eccentrics, who like the judge would give anything to live the lives of their literary favorites (the most poignant of these is librarian Jack Gilford, who "wishes to God" that he were the Scarlet Pimpernel). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


George C. Scott
as Justin
Joanne Woodward
as Watson
Jack Gilford
as Peabody
Lester Rawlins
as Blevins
Rue McClanahan
as Daisy
Ron Weyand
as Dr. Strauss
Staats Cotsworth
as Winthrop
Ted Beniades
as Taxi Driver
Tony Capodilupo
as Chief
Worthington Miner
as Mr. Bagg
Eugene Roche
as Policeman
Sudie Bond
as Maud
Oliver Clark
as Mr. Small
M. Emmet Walsh
as 1st Sanitation Man
Matthew Cowles
as Teenage Boy
Peter Fredericks
as Her Boy Friend
Ralph Clanton
as Supermarket Manager
Jacques Sandulescu
as His Driver
James Tolkan
as Mr. Brown
Jane Hoffman
as 2nd Telephone Operator
Jenny Egan
as Miss Finch
Kitty Winn
as Grace
Louis Zorich
as Sanitation Man
Paul Benedict
as Chestnut Vendor
F. Murray Abraham
as Clyde, the usher
Candice Azzara
as Teenage Girl
Frances Fuller
as Mrs. Bagg


Anthony Harvey
John C. Foreman
Paul Newman
Victor J. Kemper
John Barry
Composer (Music Score)
Barry Malkin
Jerry Greenberg
Frank Caffey
Associate Producer
Herb Mulligan
Set Designer
Fern Buchner
Costume Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Nathan Boxer
Sound/Sound Designer
Norman Cohen
First Assistant Director
Louis A. Stroller
First Assistant Director
Jack Grossberg
Vincent Callaghan