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A Study in Terror (1965)

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


James Hill


Donald Ford (original story and screenplay), Derek Ford (original story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »





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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Did You Know?


This movie is one of the few to show a revolver which Dr. John H. Watson (Donald Houston) could plausibly have used as his service revolver in the British Army, namely, an Enfield Mk II in .476 caliber (used by Sherlock Holmes (John Neville) to shoot the vase in the sitting room). It was first fielded in 1880, the year Watson was famously wounded at the Battle of Maiwand. See more »


When the barman carries Polly out of the pub and deposits her in the street, he pulls his cigar from his mouth and throws it to the ground. It then reappears in his mouth as they argue, then disappears again as he goes back inside. See more »


Dr. John Watson: But how on Earth did you get out of it, Holmes?
Sherlock Holmes: You know my methods, Watson, I am well known to be indestructable.
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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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60s Interpretation of Holmes
23 December 2000 | by hans101067See all my reviews

The two big crimefighting superheroes of the middle 60s were James Bond,and Batman.I think that the cultural miliue that was going on had a significant influence on the way that these films and tv programs impacted this film.It is an interesting and respectable addition to the Holmes canon.And while neither Neville as Holmes nor Huston as Watson do more than imitate Rathbone and Bruce,they do what they need to do with honors.What I found fascinating was the casting of Morley as Mycroft Holmes.A physically appropos choice(Mycroft is described as mildly obese,balding,untidy,and indolent)Morley also suggests the powerful intellect and penetrating insight that Mycroft possesses.And even if he does add some rather stuffy,pompous,and overly fussy comic relief,what of it?The movie does benefit,and it "fleshes out"(forgive the pun,given Morley's size)Mycroft's eccentric personality.

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Release Date:

10 August 1966 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


GBP160,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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