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Writers:
Arthur Conan Doyle (characters)
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Release Date:
29 October 1970 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The world's greatest detective tackles his toughest case ! See more »
Plot:
When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Thoroughly civilised, delightful entertainment See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Stephens ... Sherlock Holmes
Colin Blakely ... Dr. Watson

Geneviève Page ... Gabrielle Valladon (as Genevieve Page)

Christopher Lee ... Mycroft Holmes

Tamara Toumanova ... Madame Petrova

Clive Revill ... Rogozhin
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Hudson
Mollie Maureen ... Queen Victoria

Stanley Holloway ... Gravedigger
Catherine Lacey ... Woman in Wheelchair
Peter Madden ... Von Tirpitz
Michael Balfour ... Cabby
James Copeland ... Guide
John Garrie ... First Carter
Godfrey James ... Second Carter
Robert Cawdron ... Hotel Manager
Alex McCrindle ... Baggageman

Frank Thornton ... Porter
Paul Hansard ... Monk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Anthony ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Graham Armitage ... Wiggins (uncredited)
Charlie Young Atom ... Submarine Crewman (uncredited)
Kenneth Benda ... Minister (uncredited)
George Benson ... Inspector Lestrade (uncredited)
Anne Blake ... Madame (uncredited)
Penny Brahms ... Girl (uncredited)
Martin Carroll ... Scientist (uncredited)
Ina De La Haye ... Petrova's Maid (uncredited)

Michael Elwyn ... Cassidy (uncredited)
Eric Francis ... Gravedigger #2 (uncredited)
John Gatrell ... Equerry (uncredited)
Ismed Hassan ... Submarine Crewman (uncredited)
Marilyn Head ... Girl (uncredited)
Sheena Hunter ... Girl (uncredited)
Annette Kerr ... Secretary (uncredited)
Teddy Kiss Atom ... Submarine Crewman (uncredited)
Wendy Lingham ... Girl (uncredited)
John Scott Martin ... Scientist (uncredited)
Anna Matisse ... Girl (uncredited)
Kynaston Reeves ... Old Man (uncredited)
Daphne Riggs ... Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
Philip Ross ... McKellar (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa ... Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
Willie Shearer ... Submarine Crewman (uncredited)
Judy Spooner ... Twin (uncredited)
Tina Spooner ... Twin (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Conan Doyle (characters) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Billy Wilder (written by) and
I.A.L. Diamond (written by)

Produced by
I.A.L. Diamond .... associate producer
Billy Wilder .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
 
Casting by
Lesley De Pettit  (as Lesley De Pettitt)
 
Production Design by
Alexandre Trauner  (as Alexander Trauner)
 
Art Direction by
Tony Inglis 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Cordwell (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Julie Harris 
 
Makeup Department
Biddy Chrystal .... hairdresser
Ernest Gasser .... makeup artist
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Larry DeWaay .... production supervisor
Eric Rattray .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Pevsner .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Leon Davis .... construction manager
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser
Terry Parr .... set dresser
Michael Boone .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Frank Willson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Baker .... sound editor
J.W.N. Daniel .... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Dudley Messenger .... sound recordist
Danny Daniel .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
Wally Veevers .... special effects
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator (as Frederick Cooper)
Paul Jordan .... clapper loader: second unit
John Palmer .... focus puller (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor: women (uncredited)
John Hilling .... wardrobe supervisor: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Miller .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra
Miklós Rózsa .... conductor (as Miklos Rozsa)
Angela Morley .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Lucie Svehlova .... musician: solo violin, Tadlow re-recording (uncredited)
Lucie Svehlova .... orchestra leader: Tadlow re-recording (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer: main title
David Blair .... ballet advisor
David Blair .... dance arranger
Henry E. Lester .... production consultant: Sir Nigel Films Ltd.
Ivo Nightingale .... location manager
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
125 min | Germany:120 min (TV version)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:16 (original rating) | New Zealand:PG | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #22200) | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Apparently, Billy Wilder had been a fan of Sherlock Holmes for many years prior to making this picture.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Dr.Watson says at the beginning of the movie that this takes place in 1887. However, he shows Holmes a copy of the Strand Magazine with "The Red Headed League", which was not published until 1891. Also, the Russian opera singer later tells Holmes that she read about his adventure, "The Hound of the Baskervilles", but that was not published until 1901.See more »
Quotes:
Holmes:Madame must not be too hasty. She must remember that I am an Englishman.
Nikolai Rogozhin:So?
Holmes:You know what they say about us: if there's one thing more deplorable than our cooking, it's our lovemaking. We are not the most romantic of people.
Nikolai Rogozhin:Perfect! We don't want sentimental idiots, falling in love, committing suicide. One week in Venice with Madame, she goes back to St. Petersburg with baby, you go back to London with fiddle.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in A Bit of Scarlet (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Opus 24See more »

FAQ

Near the end of the movie when Gabrielle Valladon was taken away she sends a message to Sherlock through her parasol, what does she say?
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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Thoroughly civilised, delightful entertainment, 30 March 2003
Author: R. J. (jorge.mourinha@gmail.com) from Lisbon

Billy Wilder's take on the world's most famous detective is both painstakingly faithful and sardonically subversive to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's idiossyncratic creation. Presented as a case that loyal companion John Watson duly recorded but requested remain secret until long after his death, in which Holmes aids a Belgian woman find her missing husband, a mining engineer hired by an apparently non-existant English company, it makes clever use of the rulebook Conan Doyle set down while at the same time undermining it from within. The title and the plot may seem misleading at first - the first half hour especially seems at odds with what comes afterwards - but in fact if you're a Holmes fan you'll quickly realise that this is as close to romance as the detective would ever allow, and Wilder tells it through a masterful accumulation of small touches that only someone as meticulous as the man himself would notice. Script-wise, it's a cracking mystery in the best Doyle tradition, with all the time-honoured twists and turns present and correct. The acting is also up to Wilder's usual standards; Stephens and Blakely are an engaging duo as a bored Holmes and a bumbling Watson, and there's a hysterically funny supporting turn by the always underrated Revill as a Russian ballet impresario. Wilder's trademark pointed cynicism fits the English witticism particularly well, even if at times it all seems a bit too modern for the peaceful Victorian surroundings, but it is quite ironic to see him chiding Britain's stiff-upper-lip, old-fashioned morality when the film seems to be an "old timers' movie" entirely out of sync with its own time. Still, it's hard to find fault in such a thoroughly civilised and delightful entertainment.

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