MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 806 this week

Murder by Decree (1979)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  9 February 1979 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 3,377 users  
Reviews: 87 user | 52 critic

Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

Director:

Writers:

(characters), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 12 Jun 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 17 Jul 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 26 Aug 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 05 May 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Murder by Decree" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Murder by Decree (1979)

Murder by Decree (1979) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Murder by Decree.

User Polls

5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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

Director: James Hill
Stars: John Neville, Donald Houston, John Fraser
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The Mafia tries to take revenge against a man who testified against them in court.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Bo Svenson, Robert Culp, John Colicos
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A soldier is forced to take estrogen and wear lingerie when he's blackmailed by a violent transvestite.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Leslie Marlowe, Wendy Roberts, Dorian Wayne
Tribute (1980)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A shallow Broadway press agent learns he is dying just as his son by his ex-wife arrives for a visit.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Robby Benson, Lee Remick
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Robert Stephens, Christopher Lee, Colin Blakely
Now & Forever (2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Against a backdrop of clashing cultures, John Myron and Angela Wilson find each other and over the years form a powerful bond. One tragic night, John rescues Angela from a wicked act of ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Mia Kirshner, Adam Beach, Gordon Tootoosis
Dead of Night (1974)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective - Dr Watson.

Director: Thom Eberhardt
Stars: Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Jeffrey Jones
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Six friends dig up a corpse named Orville. They use it in a satanic ritual to make the dead rise from their graves. Look out!!!

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeff Gillen
Silver Blaze (TV Short 1977)
Crime | Short | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: John Davies
Stars: Christopher Plummer, Thorley Walters, Basil Henson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

This is a straight version of the old fairy tale, with John Carradine as the Emperor. It was filmed in South Florida, with exteriors in Coral Gables and Miami's Vizcaya. The hero bests the ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Joseph Argenio, John Carradine, Dalton Cathey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Chris Wiggins ...
Doctor Hardy
Tedde Moore ...
Mrs. Lees (as Teddi Moore)
Peter Jonfield ...
Roy Lansford ...
Catherine Kessler ...
Carrie
Ron Pember ...
Makins
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Sherlock Holmes unveils the secrecy of Jack the Ripper - clue by clue - murder by murder. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Alien (1979) was shooting concurrently with Murder by Decree (1979) at Shepperton Studios. See more »

Goofs

In the final dialogue scene between Holmes and Watson after the Whitehall interview, Holmes is depicted using his right hand to bow four notes on the free-standing upright violin on the desk. He purports to play middle B, E and D followed by treble E on open strings - but it is impossible to play a B natural on an open A string. The A string's pitch must be raised to B by a finger stop for the dubbed sound to be physically possible. The open string pitches are tenor G, middle D, middle A and treble E. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minister Lord Salisbury: You have us at a disadvantage, Mr. Holes. I think it might be better if you tell us your story in your own way and permit me to be the judge of whether it is true or not.
Sherlock Holmes: [Assertively] You may take it to be true, sir!
See more »

Connections

Version of Jack the Ripper (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Arranged by Edrich Siebert
KPM Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Plummer-Mason double-act is on top form
22 April 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Sherlock Holmes has been played by numerous actors, the great Basil Rathbone being the best in my humble opinion, but Christopher Plummer does a fine job in this offering. There is just the right amount of sarcastic wit in his chats with Watson. James Mason is the highlight of the movie, his portrayal of Holmes' sidekick nicely judged and at times very funny. This film is so good as a result of its main cast, all of whom are talented actors. The director manages to create a chilling atmosphere at times, whilst the style of the film is nicely British. Murder by Decree demonstrates how the Brits can hold their own in a world of Hollywood domination. Its worth a look any day.


24 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The 'Pea' scene moviegoer36
The most human Holmes? wordbug
Soundtrack ajsc74
I watch it once a month... mcquestion
One of my favorite films on Jack luciefilm
Origins willtravis101
Discuss Murder by Decree (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?