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Murder by Decree (1979)

 -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  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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The Jack the Ripper Murders. Sherlock Holmes lifts the veil of secrecy, corruption and terror at the heart of the throne of England itself. Clue by clue... Murder by murder... See more »


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Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack  »

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This was the first of two Jack the Ripper related films released in 1979. The second was Time After Time (1979). See more »

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When Holmes visits the Lees disguised as a chimney sweep, he removes his false mustache and false blackened nose, but when we see him seconds later, the nose is false again as if he never peeled it off. See more »

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Prime Minister Lord Salisbury: You have my word.
Sherlock Holmes: [Acidly] I would prefer some more reliable authority.
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References A Study in Terror (1965) See more »

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Written by William H. Monk
Arranged by Edrich Siebert
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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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