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Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)

Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes (original title)
Sherlock Holmes and Watson do battle with their nemesis, Professor Moriarity, over an ancient necklace attributed to Cleopatra.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (characters), Curt Siodmak (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Sherlock Holmes
Hans Söhnker ... Prof. Moriarty
Hans Nielsen Hans Nielsen ... Inspector Cooper
Senta Berger ... Ellen Blackburn
Ivan Desny ... Paul King
Wolfgang Lukschy ... Peter Blackburn
Leon Askin ... Charles
Edith Schultze-Westrum ... Mrs. Hudson
Bruno W. Pantel Bruno W. Pantel ... Auctioneer (as Bruno Panthel)
Heinrich Gies Heinrich Gies ... Texas Buyer
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Inspector French
Linda Sini ... Light Girl
Roland Armontel ... Doctor
Max Strassberg Max Strassberg ... Johnny
Danielle Argence Danielle Argence ... Times Librarian
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to solve the case of the stealing of Cleopatra's necklace, found by archaeologists in Egypt. They soon discover that the evil professor Moriarty is behind it all. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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When Sir Christopher Lee and Leon Askin were filming the scenes down the sewer seen near the end of the movie, they found the smell to be "a bit stiff, even for a sewer". After some inquiries, they found out the place had been used during World War II to make poison gas. See more »

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The beer glasses in all the pub scenes are German lager designs. There are no traditional British pint and half-pint glasses anywhere. See more »

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: Before Blackburn died, he tried to write the name of his murderer on the top of the table, obviously with his wedding ring. M.O.R. does that convey anything to you, Inspector?
Inspector Cooper: M.O.R. Many words begin with M.O.R. Morgue, morning...
Sherlock Holmes: Or Moriarty.
Inspector Cooper: You told us that Moriarty has an alibi.
Sherlock Holmes: My dear Inspector, Blackburn had a secret. Moriarty wanted it and when he'd gotten it, he had him murdered.
Inspector Cooper: Do you know the secret, Holmes?
Sherlock Holmes: Naturally, I read the Times.
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9 November 2008 | by winner55See all my reviews

very difficult to watch German Holmes film.

Christopher Lee is excellent in a role he wanted to play throughout his life (returning to it late in a couple mini-series) - this despite the fact that his voice was unnecessarily dubbed by someone else. He plays the great detective as an intense young crime-fighter with wit and chutzpa.

The problems are the script and direction. The story is too convoluted, in a manner familiar to anyone who has suffered through other German mysteries of the same period, such as the Dr. Mabuse films. This was a Germany still dealing with the fact that they had a murderously criminal government only two decades previous - consequently there is considerable suspicion of the police in these films, evil seems omnipresent, the moral center is hard to find. A similar atmosphere, for completely different reasons, crept into British popular culture only in the 1970s, appearing in a British Sherlock Holmes film only in "Murder by Decree."

But the German film also suffers from the evident fact that the director can't decide whether he wants to make a Sherlock Holmes film or a Sherlock Holmes parody - there are all sorts of misfired jokes and bits poking fun at a "Sherlock Holmes superhero" image that doesn't really exist - a problem for other directors who have tried spoofing the detective, including the great Billy Wilder. The fact is, Doyle was careful NOT to make his hero an 'Uebermensch,' just a closet Nietzschean - a common romantic British type of the day.

Finally, all existing prints I know of are in shoddy condition.

Worth a view, especially for Holmes fans, but sub-par for this sub-genre of mystery film.


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Country:

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Language:

German

Release Date:

3 May 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El collar de la muerte See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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