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A Study in Terror (1965)

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson join the hunt for the notorious serial killer, Jack The Ripper.

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James Hill

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Neville ... Sherlock Holmes
Donald Houston ... Doctor Watson
John Fraser ... Lord Carfax
Anthony Quayle ... Doctor Murray
Barbara Windsor ... Annie Chapman
Adrienne Corri ... Angela
Frank Finlay ... Inspector Lestrade
Judi Dench ... Sally
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... Joseph Beck
Cecil Parker ... Prime Minister
Georgia Brown ... Singer
Barry Jones ... Duke of Shires
Robert Morley ... Mycroft Holmes
Dudley Foster Dudley Foster ... Home Secretary
Peter Carsten ... Max Steiner
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Storyline

When Watson reads from the newspaper there have been two similar murders near Whitechapel in a few days, Sherlock Holmes' sharp deductive is immediately stimulated to start its merciless method of elimination after observation of every apparently meaningless detail. He guesses right the victims must be street whores, and doesn't need long to work his way trough a pawn shop, an aristocratic family's stately home, a hospital and of course the potential suspects and (even unknowing) witnesses who are the cast of the gradually unraveled story of the murderer and his motive. Written by KGF Vissers

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Sherlock Holmes meets Jack the Ripper! Here comes the original caped crusader!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1966 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

£160,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The closing Baker Street sequence alludes to Arthur Conan Doyle's 1892 short story "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". See more »

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During his chat with Holmes and Watson in the Angel & Crown, Steiner's hand swaps positions from his glass to his arm, depending on which shot is used. See more »

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Max Steiner: Nobody steals in my pub, except me!
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Alternate Versions

BBFC cuts were made to the original UK cinema release to reduce shots of blood in the trough and to shorten a repeated stabbing and scenes of Annie Chapman struggling with her assailant. Later video and DVD releases were uncut. See more »

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Version of Murder by Decree (1979) See more »

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Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-Dee-Aye
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Sung by Georgia Brown
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Holmes meets Jack the Ripper in a Technicolor thriller
17 March 2005 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

I have no idea how many times Sherlock Holmes has battled Jack the Ripper over the years but here he is at it again, and in brilliant color to boot. I mention the color since the film, coming as films were rapidly being only made in color, takes great pleasure in showing us the colorful world of Victorian London and White Chapel in particular. Its a very 1960's sort of thing to do, as is the use of bongos on the soundtrack. Neither of these things really hurt the films plotting, but they do place it in a reality that could only be an English film studio in the 1960's. There's a feeling attached to many non-Hammer English films of the period that the producers were trying to give you something you couldn't get at home on a black and white TV, namely color. This need to show off detracts from what is a good thriller.

The plotting of Holmes attempt to solve the Ripper killings is reasonably well done. The hows and whys of the killings are interesting, however I have to say that I find that they are not as well done as in Murder by Decree, which is one of my favorite films (Holmes or otherwise.) For this reason I have some reservations, which are purely personal and should not stop you from at least watching this good movie.

John Neville as Holmes gives a very human portrait of a man of both mind and action, doing what ever it is to get the case solved. His relationship with Watson is pretty much as equals, something that is missing from most Holmes films which present the Holmes/Watson relationship in such away as to make you wonder why they are friends. I like that you can understand why they are together.

Over all, a good little movie, though as I said it suffers by comparison.


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