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A Study in Terror (1965)

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Sherlock Holmes (John Neville) and Dr. John H. Watson (Donald Houston) join the hunt for the notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper.


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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


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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Release Date:

10 August 1966 (USA) See more »

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GBP160,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Watson slams the door on leaving the soup kitchen the 'brick' wall shudders. See more »


Lord Carfax, Richard Osborne: What's all this about, Holmes, how did you get here?
Sherlock Holmes: I followed this young lady.
Sally: I saw no one.
Sherlock Holmes: That is exactly what you'd expect to see when I follow someone.
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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 »


Version of Jack the Ripper (1959) See more »


Written and Arranged by John Scott as Johnny Scott
Performed by John Scott as Johnny Scott and His Orchestra
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Exploitation shocker plays fair with Holmes lore
25 December 2004 | by LibretioSee all my reviews


Aspect ratio: 1.75:1

Sound format: Mono

More than a decade before Bob Clark pitted Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper in the superior MURDER BY DECREE (1978), Herman Cohen produced this ignoble marriage of Victorian supersleuth and notorious mass murderer, featuring John Neville and Donald Houston as Holmes and Watson, pursuing 'Saucy Jack' through the fog-shrouded streets of Whitechapel. As expected, the narrative is spiced with exploitation fripperies (note how Desmond Dickinson's camera leers over the female victims before their gory demise), but the script - co-written by future sexploitation director Derek Ford (THE WIFE SWAPPERS, SEX EXPRESS) and his brother Donald (THE BLACK TORMENT) - is a pleasingly tangled affair, attentive to the customs and traditions of Holmes lore, while the expert teaming of Neville and Houston is further bolstered by an astonishingly starry cast (including John Fraser, Anthony Quayle, Robert Morley, Barbara Windsor, Adrienne Corri, Frank Finlay, Cecil Parker and a young Judi Dench!). The budget is meager, but production values are solid, and director James Hill (BORN FREE, THE BELSTONE FOX) marshals proceedings with a sure hand throughout.

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