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Two Merry Adventurers (1937)
"Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war" (original title)

Passed  -  Comedy | Crime | Romance  -  31 December 1937 (USA)
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Hans Albers and Heinz Rühmann play two confidence tricksters. They manage to stop a night train for nefarious purposes, and impersonate Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Romantic involvement ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Albers ...
Morris Flint
Heinz Rühmann ...
Macky McPherson
Marieluise Claudius ...
Mary Berry
Hansi Knoteck ...
Jane Berry
Hilde Weissner ...
Madame Ganymare
Günther Ballier ...
Paul Bildt ...
Lachender Mann
Erich Dunskus ...
Chef der Kriminalpolizei
Angelo Ferrari ...
Gangster Fred im Expresszug
Lothar Geist ...
Erwin Wutzke
Aribert Grimmer ...
Harry Hardt ...
Freds Kumpel Billy
Clemens Hasse ...
Ganove Peter
Edwin Jürgensen ...
Hans Junkermann ...
Exzellenz Vangon


Hans Albers and Heinz Rühmann play two confidence tricksters. They manage to stop a night train for nefarious purposes, and impersonate Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Romantic involvement with two young British female travelers ensues, but the plot deepens into the disappearance of rare Mauritius postage stamps which they undertake to recover, in their role as Holmes and Watson. Written by Hazel Freeman <>

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31 December 1937 (USA)  »

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One of two films found in Adolf Hitler's bunker by the Allies in 1945. The other film was The Hound of the Baskervilles (1937). See more »


Although the dialog says that "Holmes" is wearing an Inverness cloak and a deerstalker hat, and has a Meerschaum pipe in his mouth, in fact, he does not. He is wearing a coat with crisscross stripes, sports a large round check cloth cap, and has a small straight pipe in his mouth. See more »


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Let me write your story, it should be called 'The man, who was Sherlock Holmes'.
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Featured in Unternehmen Geigenkasten (1985) See more »


Jawohl meine Herrn
Written by Richard Busch
Performed by Hans Albers and Heinz Rühmann
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one of the best german films of the 1930s
6 August 2002 | by (berlin) – See all my reviews

Hans Albers & Heinz Rühmann are at their very best in this hugely entertaining film. Albers & Rühmann pretend to be the famous duo Holmes & Dr. Watson and the police, the gangsters and the girls believe them beyond any doubt. The direction is so smooth and has the best of comic timing as any Lubitsch film might have. Even today, the film has not lost it's tempo, witt and adventures style. Whoever thinks, German film makers only made propaganda pictures during the dictatorship, are dead wrong. Try to get a VHS copy, sit back and be drawn into the hillarious adventures of THE MAN WHO WAS SHERLOCK HOLMES.

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