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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:
Grand even as an edit 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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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:
The name of the underwater submersible was the "HMS Jonah".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The film's prologue depicts two contemporary men opening Dr. Watson's case and handling the various contents archived inside. We see one close-up shot of a man handling a single pair of old handcuffs and putting them down on the table. A short time later, the filmmakers repeat the very same footage of the man handling the handcuffs and putting them down on the table.See more »
Quotes:
Nikolai Rogozhin:Mr. Holmes, what you have seen tonight is last, and positively final performance of Madame Petrova. She is retiring.
Holmes:What a shame.
Nikolai Rogozhin:She's been dancing since she was three years old, and after all, she is now thirty-eight.
Holmes:I must say, she doesn't *look* thirty-eight.
Nikolai Rogozhin:That is because she is forty-nine.
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Movie Connections:
References Hamlet (1948)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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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Grand even as an edit, 21 December 2005
Author: kurt_messick from Bloomington, Indiana

This film is sometimes described as a comedy, and while it has humorous bits (a more sardonic and biting form of humour most of the time), it has never really felt at home being classified as a comedy, in my estimation. I do like the rapid-fire wit that Holmes seems to have here (a bit more in abundance than in the canonical Conan Doyle stories), but the Holmes presented here is a bit more dark and brooding, more akin to the extra-canonical 'Seven Percent Solution' Holmes in many ways.

Wilder was an extraordinary director and genius who sometimes gets carried away with his subject (in this regard, he is sometimes compared with Stanley Kubrick). His films are often of epic-proportions, even though they are not essentially 'epic' subjects. This film is reputed to have been nearly twice as long as the final cut version, but this may be apocryphal in that much of the raw footage never made it to final print and production. The restoration available on the disc currently available is, in fact, rather minimal - a few scenes and a few extras, but not much more than the original release of the film. This is disappointing to many fans, but in fact is more than most of us have had for a long time, as the somewhat choppy film was often mercilessly cut for television broadcast.

Holmes in this case is played by Robert Stephens, an unlikely Holmes in comparison to standards such as Rathbone, Brett, or Gillette, but still an interesting choice - quintessentially British, reserved but daring, brilliant yet flawed and faltering. Colin Blakely presents a stronger Watson than often portrayed before (this film, being made in 1970, presented this as a newer idea for Watson, one that has been picked up by many subsequent productions). Wilder has the actors play at various issues of Victorian sensibility and morality, including the implication (dismissed in the end) that Holmes might have a sexual identity issue. Christopher Lee, who himself plays Holmes in other productions, plays Holmes' smarter brother Mycroft here, to good effect.

The story line does have some inspiration from the canonical stories (the Bruce-Partington Plans, for one), and from Gillette's play (the strange case of Miss Faulkner, introducing an ending that allowed for a love interest for Holmes in the end), but for the most part takes the characters from Conan Doyle and runs far afield. Still, this is must-see film for any fan of Holmes, and any fan of Wilder, who saw this as one of his last great productions.

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