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A Study in Terror (1965)

 -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  10 August 1966 (USA)
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson join the hunt for the notorious serial killer, Jack The Ripper.



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When Watson reads from the newspaper there have been two similar murders near Whitechapel in a few days, Sherlock Holmes' sharp deductive is immediately stimulated to start its merciless method of elimination after observation of every apparently meaningless detail. He guesses right the victims must be street whores, and doesn't need long to work his way trough a pawn shop, an aristocratic family's stately home, a hospital and of course the potential suspects and (even unknowing) witnesses who are the cast of the gradually unraveled story of the murderer and his motive. Written by KGF Vissers

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Sherlock Holmes meets Jack the Ripper! Here comes the original caped crusader!


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10 August 1966 (USA)  »

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A Study in Terror  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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John Neville reprised the rôle of Holmes on Broadway in the 1970s. See more »


When the barman carries Polly out of the pub and deposits her in the street, he pulls his cigar from his mouth and throws it to the ground. It then reappears in his mouth as they argue, then disappears again as he goes back inside. See more »


Dr. John Watson: Holmes, there was an identical murder of a woman in Whitechapel just three days ago.
Sherlock Holmes: Aha, a second murder!
Dr. John Watson: Mm.-hmmm
Sherlock Holmes: Now, that is interesting.
Dr. John Watson: Why?
Sherlock Holmes: Because it is the second murder.
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Referenced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: The Red Circle (1994) See more »


Written by Henry J. Sayers
Sung by Georgia Brown
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Entertaining thriller that is a lot better than the similar 'Murder By Decree' (or 'From Hell' for that matter).
12 October 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a great little thriller which featured the Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack The Ripper premise many years before the better known 'Murder By Decree'. John Neville (The X Files' "The Well-Manicured Man") makes a great Holmes, and Donald Houston plays a very good Watson. Robert Morley appears as Holmes' brother Mycroft, and the rest of the cast includes dependable character actors like Anthony Quale, Judi Dench, Frank Finlay, and even Barbara Windsor of "Carry On" fame. 'A Study In Terror' lacks the big budget excess of 'From Hell' and is all the better for it. For me it is a much more entertaining movie.

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