Murder By Decree


Sherlock Holmes investigates the Jack the Ripper murders

Covering much the same ground as From Hell, but in far less sensational style, this finds Sherlock Holmes investigating the Jack the Ripper murders and unearthing a conspiracy that leads to the highest reaches of society.

The casting’s exceptional: Christopher Plummer makes a more humane Holmes than usual, with James Mason a dignified Watson. Only Donald Sutherland, as a fey mystic in a Harpo Marx wig, seems out of key.

The pacing’s on the stately side, but there’s period atmosphere galore and a strong sense of social indignation fuelling the complex plot.

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