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* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler: 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.]]

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* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler: Lysette Anthony's Creator/LysetteAnthony'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.]]


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%%* DiagonalCut* DiagonalCut: PlayedForLaughs: Kincaid takes a swing at some candles and seems to miss. However, their tops fall off later.


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* SecretKeeper: Mrs. Hudson and the Baker Street Irregulars know that SherlockHolmes is just an actor and Dr. Watson is the real detective. Watson also tells his editor eventually, letting the audience hear the background. The only person who's figured it out on their own seems to be [[spoiler: Professor Moriarty]].


* HypercompetentSidekick: Sherlock Holmes is actually an incompetent stooge that fronts for Watson, the true detective.

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* HypercompetentSidekick: Watson, since Sherlock Holmes is actually an incompetent stooge that fronts for Watson, the true detective.

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* GratuitousLaboratoryFlasks: Many adaptations of Literature/SherlockHolmes stories both in film and television will fill the background of Holmes' Baker Street flat with chemistry equipment. While this is true to the stories, in which Holmes would sometimes use them, in these adaptations, they're usually little more than set dressing. This tendency to overpopulate the flat with chemistry equipment was parodied here, when Reginald Kincaid (posing as Holmes) actually ''does'' do something with the chemicals - with hilariously explosive results.

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** Also, when Watson is believed dead, Kincaid realizes the police assume he can solve the crime all by himself and realizes just how much they've bought the act.

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* StaircaseTumble: Kincaid and one of Moriarty's {{Mooks}} while fighting in the Giles house.


-->'''Holmes:''' 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!
-->'''Holmes:''' Well that doesn't matter now, does it?

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-->'''Holmes:''' -->'''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'? Laughs? You said it was a gripping drama!
-->'''Holmes:''' Well that doesn't matter -->'''Kincaid:''' It's unimportant now, does isn't it?



-->'''Holmes:''' "I have a Bible! It's at my bedside." [gets it out from under the leg of his bed that it was keeping from wobbling]

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-->'''Holmes:''' -->'''Kincaid:''' "I have a Bible! It's at my bedside." [gets it out from under the leg of his bed that it was keeping from wobbling]


* MoodWhiplash: Occasionally. In particular, the rather gruesome murder of the dockworker who catches Moriarty's {{Mooks}} in the act, and the grisly discovery of Donald Ayers' body in the lake.



-->'''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.'

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-->'''Reginald Kincaid:''' -->'''Holmes:''' 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.'



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

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

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: While Lestrade is explaining the case to Watson, "Holmes" is in his room digging through his closet for a bottle of booze he stashed. We just see, through the open door, articles of clothing and item items being thrown around wildly like in a cartoon, thoroughly mystifying Lord Smithwick who is trying to pay attention to what Lestrade is saying.

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* SurroundedByIdiots: Professor Moriarty has a very low opinion of pretty much everyone around him.
-->'''Moriarty:''' "How demeaning to be set upon by nitwits."


* BrickJoke: During Watson's argument with his editor Norman Greenhough, Wiggins bumps into the guy. The argument continues until Watson and Wiggins leaving. After they're gone, Greenhough realizes he can't find his pocketwatch. Cut to Watson and Wiggins at the paper mill. When Watson asks what time it burned down, Wiggins takes out Greenhough's watch and says it burned down at 4:00.



* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Kincaid, after falling onto the barge containing the villains' counterfeit money, pours alcohol from a lamp and threatens that there will be "an impromptu roasting" unless they surrender... without realizing that if he sets it ablaze, ''he'll'' catch fire, too. {{Lamepshaded}} by Moriarty.

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* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Kincaid, after falling onto the barge containing the villains' counterfeit money, pours alcohol from a lamp and threatens that there will be "an impromptu roasting" unless they surrender... without realizing that if he sets it ablaze, ''he'll'' catch fire, too. {{Lamepshaded}} {{Lampshaded}} by Moriarty.


* TheDragon: Sebastian.

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* TheDragon: Sebastian. DidNotThinkThisThrough: Kincaid, after falling onto the barge containing the villains' counterfeit money, pours alcohol from a lamp and threatens that there will be "an impromptu roasting" unless they surrender... without realizing that if he sets it ablaze, ''he'll'' catch fire, too. {{Lamepshaded}} by Moriarty.


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* TheDragon: Sebastian.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Finally fed up with Kincaid's antics, Watson fires him and offers his services to the police. However, he discovers that he's done such a great job building up Holmes as the brilliant detective and himself as just the sidekick that no one will take him seriously and he needs Kincaid to make the act work.


''Without a Clue'' is a 1988 comedy film, the premise of which is that Dr. Watson (Creator/BenKingsley) 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 (Creator/MichaelCaine), to play Holmes. However, Kincaid turned out to be a bumbling, gambling, womanizing drunkard who gladly took all the undeserved credit for solving crimes, and now their relationship is a very rocky one. Watson is just about ready to ditch Kincaid and strike it out on his own, but no-one will believe that Dr. Watson, the archetypical sidekick, is really a GreatDetective, so the two have to get along for long enough to solve one last big case.

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''Without a Clue'' is a 1988 comedy film, the premise of which is that Dr. Watson (Creator/BenKingsley) created the fictional character Sherlock Holmes Franchise/SherlockHolmes 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 (Creator/MichaelCaine), to play Holmes. However, Kincaid turned out to be a bumbling, gambling, womanizing drunkard who gladly took all the undeserved credit for solving crimes, and now their relationship is a very rocky one. Watson is just about ready to ditch Kincaid and strike it out on his own, but no-one will believe that Dr. Watson, the archetypical sidekick, is really a GreatDetective, so the two have to get along for long enough to solve one last big case.

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