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Murder by Decree (1979)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  9 February 1979 (USA)
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Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

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Sherlock Holmes investigates London's most infamous case, Jack the Ripper. As he investigates, he finds that the Ripper has friends in high places. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Sherlock Holmes hunts his deadliest adversary... The madman known as Jack the Ripper! See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack  »

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Publicity for this picture stated that it was the 134th Sherlock Holmes - Dr Watson film. The first had been in 1905: Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1905). See more »

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Prince Albert Victor, "Eddy", was not created Duke of Clarence and Avondale until 1890, two years after the film is set. His young cousin Charles Edward, was born Duke and Earl of Clarence, but was only 4 years old when the film was set - he later became Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in Germany. See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: You create allegiance above your sworn allegiance to protect humanity. You shall not care for them, or acknowledge their pain. There lies the madness.
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Written by William H. Monk
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Expansively produced, wonderfully atmospheric, credibly acted Ripper yarn.
14 June 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This isn't the first time Holmes has met Jack the Ripper in the movies, but this particular encounter leaves all others for dead. Handsomely photographed and produced, this notable addition to the Holmes cycle not only presents a credible yet intriguing Sherlock in Christopher Plummer, but just as importantly a Doctor Watson more akin to Conan Doyle's creation than the silly ass usually presented on the screen by Nigel Bruce and his successors. Full marks to James Mason.

The support cast is also top-notch, though some false beards were a trifle obvious. Another minor complaint lies in the poorly conceived, tacked-on ending in which Holmes is examined by John Gielgud's unyielding Prime Minister.

Otherwise this is a remarkably handsome film that transports the viewer right back to a teemingly authentic Sherlock Holmes London.


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