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Director:
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:
Subtle and atmospheric 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 | 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:
The picture's epic big-scale production design included, according to the Virgin Film Guide, a "massive back-lot reproduction of Baker Street".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:[Discussing Watson's portrayal of Holmes in 'Strand' Magazine] I don't dislike women, I merely distrust them. The twinkle in the eye and the arsenic in the soup...
Watson:You see it's touches like that which make you colourful.
Holmes:Lurid, more like!
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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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41 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Subtle and atmospheric, 31 May 2005
Author: Moonwrack from United Kingdom

As a Conan Doyle purist, I had not intended to watch this film when it first appeared on UK TV some years ago. Curiosity overcame me and I switched on at the sequence with Stephens and Genevieve Page on their bicycle. I was immediately fascinated, particularly by the music, which appears to have been specially written for this scene. Elsewhere, in the film, the music is taken from Rozsa's 1956 violin concerto which, unusually, was not written as film music but which partly inspired Wilder to produce the film.

The acting is excellent, particularly by Stephens, slightly less so by Blakely although Watson is probably the most difficult Doylesian character to play. Clive Revill has also been praised for his part. Christopher Lee gives an early display of his impeccable technique. Genevieve Page is perfect in her role and the subtle nuances of her acting are a joy to behold. She also has a beautiful voice, with a wide vocal range.

There is also some brilliant casting. Stanley Holloway as a gravedigger is a witty reference to his playing of that part in Olivier's Hamlet, although his Scottish accent is not the most convincing. Irene Handl made an excellent Mrs Hudson. Frank Thornton was also a fine choice for the tiny part of receptionist at the Diogenes Club. Britons of a certain generation, had they been able to see the missing episodes, would have recognised Noel Johnson as the sea captain in the Naked Honeymooners episode. Johnson had a distinctive and powerful voice and became famous in 1948 as the BBC fictional radio detective Dick Barton.

It is, of course, sad that significant parts of the film have been lost. Nevertheless, In its shortened form, it works well for cinema presentation. Now that domestic DVD players are common, a full-length version would be perfectly acceptable, since viewers would have control over which parts, if any, they might want to skip through. Meanwhile, the German Spy episode in particular stands beautifully on its own. Wilder creates a wonderful feeling of the atmosphere of 1888. The outdoor scenes in Scotland also provide a nostalgic feeling for the year in which filming took place there; presumably 1969 for the 1970 release.

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