After having owned the complete 1954/55 Sherlock Holmes series on DVD--starring Ronald Howard as Holmes--for God knows how long, I finally decided to watch a few episodes. I'm glad I did, because Mr. Howard and H. Marion Crawford (Dr. Watson) are quite good! Sure, some of the plots are a bit silly (the "Texas Cowgirl" episode is particularly ridiculous), and most of them have little or nothing to do with Doyle's stories, but the show is very entertaining. Ronald Howard brings an energy and a lightness to the character that is very refreshing. He clearly doesn't take himself as seriously as Rathbone did, which ends up being a plus. And H. Marion Crawford was one of the first (possibly the first) actor to attempt to avoid making Watson a dunce. I enjoy watching Howard and Crawford more than Rathbone and Bruce: their chemistry is better, as far as I'm concerned. And the humor that they bring to the show is quite enjoyable to watch. They don't match Cumberbatch and Freeman, to my way of thinking, but they're quite good.
This series won't appeal to all fans, but it does appeal to me. It's certainly well worth watching. Meanwhile, it's very easy to find the entire series, on DVD and YouTube. Do yourself a favor, and check it out!
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.