GenreCrime, Drama, Horror ScreenplayDerek Ford, Donald Ford CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date4 November 1965 (World Premiere, London) Based onan original story by Derek & Donald Ford based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle WriterDonald Ford (original story and screenplay), Derek Ford (original story and screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (characters created by) CastJohn Neville (Sherlock Holmes), Barbara Windsor (Annie Chapman), Judi Dench (Sally), Barry Jones (Duke of Shires), Robert Morley (Mycroft Holmes) Similar moviesMurder by Decree, Mr. Holmes, Sherlock Holmes, From Hell, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
TaglineSherlock Holmes meets Jack the Ripper! Here comes the original caped crusader!
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A Study in Terror is a 1965 British thriller film directed by James Hill and starring John Neville as Sherlock Holmes and Donald Houston as Dr. Watson. It was filmed at Shepperton Studios, London, with some location work at Osterley House in Middlesex.
The film had its World Premiere at the Leicester Square Theatre in the West End of London on 4 November 1965.
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Although it is based on Conan Doyle's characters, the story is an original one, which has the famous detective on the trail of Jack the Ripper. In the dark alleys of nineteenth century London, the notorious Jack the Ripper committed a series of gruesome murders. The story of A Study in Terror challenges Sherlock Holmes to solve these horrific crimes. This leads Holmes through a trail of aristocracy, blackmail, and family insanity. Unlike Scotland Yard, and the real-life story, Holmes exposes the identity of the Ripper.
John Neville as Sherlock Holmes
Donald Houston as Dr. Watson
John Fraser as Edward Osborne, Lord Carfax / Jack the Ripper
Anthony Quayle as Doctor Murray
Barbara Windsor as Annie Chapman
Adrienne Corri as Angela Osborne
Frank Finlay as Inspector Lestrade
Judi Dench as Sally Young
Charles Régnier as Joseph Beck (as Charles Regnier)
Cecil Parker as Prime Minister
Barry Jones as Duke of Shires
Robert Morley as Mycroft Holmes
Dudley Foster as Home Secretary
Georgia Brown as The Singer
Peter Carsten as Max Steiner
Christiane Maybach as Polly Nichols
Kay Walsh as Cathy Eddowes
John Cairney as Michael Osborne
Edina Ronay as Mary Jane Kelly
Avis Bunnage as Landlady
Barbara Leake as Mrs. Hudson
Patrick Newell as PC Benson
Norma Foster as Elizabeth Stride
Terry Downes as Chunky
A Study in Terror was released with reviews mixed to positive. Critics criticised the incorrect chronological order of murders carried out by the Ripper, but praised the strong performances from the cast for a low budget film. A Study in Terror received praise regarding John Neville and Donald Houston's portrayal of Holmes and Watson, comparing it to Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce's portrayals of the duo in the 1939-1946 Sherlock Holmes film series.
In 1966, the film was made into a novel by Ellery Queen and Paul W. Fairman. The novelisation is unusual in that it adds a framing story wherein Ellery Queen reads a manuscript that re-tells the actions of the film. The framing story was written by Ellery Queen and the novelisation of the film itself by Fairman. Several plot points, including most notably the identity of the murderer, were altered for the novel.
The Holmes-Ripper idea was later taken up in Murder by Decree (1978), in which Frank Finlay reprised his role as Lestrade and Anthony Quayle once again had an important part (though this time as Sir Charles Warren of Scotland Yard).
The film inspired the writing of Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds, blending the story of Sherlock Holmes and the world of H.G Wells' science fiction novel The War of the Worlds.
A Study in Terror (1965) was composed by John Scott in his first feature film score conducting the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra (HSO 333)