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


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Release Date:

10 August 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Did You Know?


Jim O'Connolly was at first attached to direct. See more »


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 »


Rupert: I do believe this damn whore's lifted my purse.
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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 »


Referenced in Murder by Decree (1979) 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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A Sherlock Holmes film rather than a Saucy Jack one!
11 May 2004 | by SJBUSHELLSee all my reviews

Having just watched this film I thought I would add my penny's worth to IMDB.

I have to admit that I am a fan of Murder By Decree and there have been comparisons between that film and A Study In Terror. In my mind they are quite dissimilar.

A Study In Terror is what I would call a Sherlock Holmes film with the murders of Jack the Ripper playing second to the characters whereas Murder By Decree is a film about Jack the Ripper with Sherlock Holmes playing second to the murders and the plot. I think this is borne out in that Murder By Decree you could have actually had any two detectives investigating the murders and the film would have worked. A lot of attention is paid to the historical facts and the timing and places of the murders. In A Study in Terror the victims are 'cannon fodder' and the facts not that historically correct. There was no mention of the 'Jewes' message left on the wall after the infamous double murder and, although Mary Kelly was murdered indoors, it was in a ground floor room. That is not to say A Study In Terror is not a good film, it is. We have an instantly recognisable Sherlock in John Neville who plays the part well; the supporting cast are good in their own right to. Interestingly Frank Finley played Lestrade in both A Study in Terror and Murder by Decree and Anthony Quale also appears in both films but in different characters.

I cared more about the victims in Murder by Decree (especially the scene with Annie Crook in the mental institution) than I did A Study in Terror and I think that is why I like that film more. Still A Study in Terror will keep you interested and I would recommend both films but for different reasons.

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