Murder by Decree

Murder by Decree

Bob Clark (1978)

AA Certificate


Our Score
Rather than having Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson plod wearily around London, director Bob Clark gives them a surprisingly imaginative lift. Following a similar course to Stephen Knight's book The Final Solution, the film proposes politicians, freemasons and royalty as links to the Jack the Ripper murders. Such speculation is made with a fair degree of gothic credibility, even though the flabby plot wanders off up too many byways. Also, Donald Sutherland is not the best choice as a fruitcake visionary. Still, even during moments of slack, Christopher Plummer and James Mason interpret Holmes and Watson with plenty of heart.


Sherlock Holmes tries to put a stop to Jack the Ripper's campaign of murder. However, he finds Scotland Yard is less supportive of his investigations than in the past, and comes to realise there are people in positions of power who wish the killings to be allowed to continue. Mystery, starring Christopher Plummer, James Mason, Donald Sutherland, John Gielgud and Genevieve Bujold.

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Christopher Plummer
Dr Watson James Mason
Inspector Foxborough David Hemmings
Sir Charles Warren Anthony Quayle
Annie Crook Geneviève Bujold
Inspector Lestrade Frank Finlay
Prime Minister John Gielgud
Mary Kelly Susan Clark
Robert Lees Donald Sutherland
Sir Thomas Smiley Roy Lansford
William Slade Peter Jonfield
Anne Chapman June Brown
Director Bob Clark
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdAvailable on: video and DVD