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Murder by Decree -- Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Conan Doyle (characters)
John Hopkins (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 February 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Sherlock Holmes unveils the secrecy of Jack the Ripper - clue by clue - murder by murder. See more »
Plot:
Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Expansively produced, wonderfully atmospheric, credibly acted Ripper yarn. See more (83 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Plummer ... Sherlock Holmes

James Mason ... Dr. John H. Watson

David Hemmings ... Inspector Foxborough

Susan Clark ... Mary Kelly

Anthony Quayle ... Sir Charles Warren

John Gielgud ... Prime Minister Lord Salisbury

Frank Finlay ... Inspector Lestrade

Donald Sutherland ... Robert Lees

Geneviève Bujold ... Annie Crook
Chris Wiggins ... Doctor Hardy

Tedde Moore ... Mrs. Lees (as Teddi Moore)
Peter Jonfield ... William Slade
Roy Lansford ... Sir Thomas Spivey
Catherine Kessler ... Carrie
Ron Pember ... Makins
June Brown ... Anne Chapman
Ken Jones ... Dock Guard
Terry Duggan ... Danny
Hilary Sesta ... Catherine Eddowes
Anthony May ... Lanier
Betty Woolfe ... Mrs. Dobson
Iris Fry ... Elizabeth Stride
Geoffrey Russell ... Home Secretary Henry Matthews
Peggy Ann Clifford ... Lees' Housekeeper

Ann Mitchell ... Jane
Katherine Stark ... Molly
Elaine Ives-Cameron ... Ellen (as Elaine Ives Cameron)
Stella Courtney ... Betty
Judy Wilson ... Emily
Roy Pattison ... Carroll
Victor Langley ... Prince of Wales
Pamela Abbott ... Princess Alexandra
Robin Marchal ... Duke of Clarence
Richard Pescud ... Doctor (as Richard Pescuid)
Pat Brackenbury ... Nurse
Dan Long ... Constable Long
Michael Cashman ... Constable Watkins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Dean ... Police Constable (uncredited)
Norman Gay ... Distinguished gentleman (uncredited)
Jim McManus ... Policeman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bob Clark 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arthur Conan Doyle  characters
John Hopkins  screenplay
Elwyn Jones  co-author (book "The Ripper File")
John Lloyd  co-author (book "The Ripper File")

Produced by
Bob Clark .... producer
René Dupont .... producer
Robert A. Goldston .... producer
Len Herberman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Zaza 
Carl Zittrer 
 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Morris 
 
Film Editing by
Stan Cole 
 
Casting by
Karen Hazzard 
 
Production Design by
Harry Pottle 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Childs 
 
Set Decoration by
Denise Exshaw 
 
Costume Design by
Judy Moorcroft 
 
Makeup Department
Peter Robb-King .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Peter Davis .... production manager: UK
Ted Rouse .... production manager: Canada
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Dodds .... third assistant director
Ariel Levy .... assistant director
Ken Roch .... second assistant director
Guy Travers .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Percy Godbold .... production buyer
Jock Kay .... scenic artist
Adrian Start .... art stand-by
 
Sound Department
David Appleby .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Appleby)
Ron Butcher .... sound maintenance
Dennis Drummond .... sound editor
Patrick Drummond .... sound editor
Wayne Griffin .... sound editor
Joe Grimaldi .... sound re-recording mixer
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... supervising sound editor (as Ken Heeley Ray)
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Don White .... foley recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Michael Albrechtsen .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Cliff Culley .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Blanshard .... still photographer
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Jimmy Turrell .... camera operator (as James Turrell)
David Wynn-Jones .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Ian McBride .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Frank Morrone .... music engineer
 
Transportation Department
Howard Pugh .... driver: cast
 
Other crew
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
Marilyn Clarke .... production coordinator
S.C. Dacy .... publicist
Robert A. Goldston .... presenter
Bob Halliday .... police liaison
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
124 min | Sweden:110 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The lavish funeral given Catherine Eddowes in 'Murder by Decree' seems to contradict the extreme poverty in which she lived. The cathedral is filled and a long procession of mourners files in to the services. Bagpipers in uniform play and a very expensive hearse is seen covered with flowers. Although neither Eddowes nor John Kelly, her common-law husband of seven years, had any resources, the funeral expenses were paid by Mr. G. Hawke, an undertaker, for reasons that are not clear.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Holmes is sat at the window at the end his hand is bandaged but when he walks to Watson a minute later the bandage magically disappears with no indication of him having taken it off.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. John H. Watson:[Offended by the booing of the Prince of Wales by the theater gallery] It's a damn disgrace!
Sherlock Holmes:On the contrary. I prefer bad manners in the theater to active violence in the streets.
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Movie Connections:
References A Study in Terror (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
Flowers of the ForestSee more »

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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Expansively produced, wonderfully atmospheric, credibly acted Ripper yarn., 14 June 2001
Author: rastar-1 (George Aachen <rastar@tpg.com.au>) from Sydney, Australia

This isn't the first time Holmes has met Jack the Ripper in the movies, but this particular encounter leaves all others for dead. Handsomely photographed and produced, this notable addition to the Holmes cycle not only presents a credible yet intriguing Sherlock in Christopher Plummer, but just as importantly a Doctor Watson more akin to Conan Doyle's creation than the silly ass usually presented on the screen by Nigel Bruce and his successors. Full marks to James Mason.

The support cast is also top-notch, though some false beards were a trifle obvious. Another minor complaint lies in the poorly conceived, tacked-on ending in which Holmes is examined by John Gielgud's unyielding Prime Minister.

Otherwise this is a remarkably handsome film that transports the viewer right back to a teemingly authentic Sherlock Holmes London.

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