THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
BRASS PLAQUE - DAY
Engraved on it are the words: COX & CO., Bankers.Reflected in its shiny surface are double-decker redbuses, and other present-day London traffic.
INT. BANK VAULT - DAY
An iron gate opens, and two bank guards come in. One ofthem switches on the lights. On the shelves which linethe walls are dusty strong-boxes, document cases, wrappedpackages, etc. The guards move along the shelvessearching for something.
Somewhere in the vaults of a bank inLondon is a tin dispatch box with my nameon it. It is not to be opened untilfifty years after my death.
The guards find a battered tin dispatch box with the nameJOHN H. WATSON, M.D., painted on it. They remove it fromthe shelf, set it down on a table. The box is tied withheavy cord, the knots sealed with wax. Strung on thecord is the key.WATSON'S VOICE
It contains certain mementos of my longassociation with a man who elevated thescience of deduction to an art -- theworld's first, and undoubtedly mostfamous, consulting detective.
While one of the guards dusts the box off, the other cutsthe cord with a pair of scissors. He then inserts thekey in the lock, turns it, raises the lid -- revealingthe dusty contents of the box.
OVER THIS, SUPERIMPOSE THE MAIN TITLE.
The guards now start to remove the objects from the box,one at a time: -- A daguerreotype of Holmes, standing,and Watson, seated, in a a stiff studio pose; Holmes'deerstalker hat, his curved pipe, his magnifying glass;Watson's stethoscope, Holmes' revolver; a small enamelsign with the number 221B; a pair of handcuffs;