Sherlock Holmes And The Deadly Necklace

  • 1962
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

A German version of the tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed detective, with a Hammer director in Fisher and Hammer leads in Lee and Walters, as Holmes and Watson respectively. Both Fisher and Lee are more at home in horror films, which, combined with the mood created by the German set designers, helps to create a more than appropriately eerie atmosphere....read more

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A German version of the tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed detective, with a Hammer director in Fisher and Hammer leads in Lee and Walters, as Holmes and Watson respectively. Both Fisher and Lee are more at home in horror films, which, combined with the mood created by the German

set designers, helps to create a more than appropriately eerie atmosphere. Lee wore a phony nose (to make him look more like Basil Rathbone, presumably) but had his voice dubbed in both the English and German versions. Walters' rendition of Watson concentrated heavily upon the comic side, making

the character look more ridiculous than customary. He even saves Lee's life in one instance by imitating the sound of a police siren. The culprit here is again Moriarty, played by Sohnker in a rendition that has him as an honored citizen, even trusted by Scotland Yard despite Lee's warnings. This

allows for several public confrontations between Lee and Sohnker, where they match wits in cunning word games. The object of Sohnker's interest is a necklace stolen from the tomb of Cleopatra several years earlier. When Sohnker's coconspirators are uncovered, they quickly turn up dead, leaving Lee

the task of pinning the murders on Sohnker. He never succeeds in seeing his arch-enemy go to jail for either the murders or the theft of the necklace (this would hinder possibilities for a sequel), but the sleuth does manage to return the necklace to its proper place. In fact, Lee recovers the

necklace from Sohnker in two instances, the second when he dresses up as a sleazy sailor to infiltrate the gang. This is one of the more strange depictions of a Holmes mystery.

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