Study in Terror
aka he Fog (1965)
directed and produced by James Hill
While Conan Doyle never addressed the problem of the Ripper in any of his Sherlock Holmes stories (despite many letters asking him to do so), his followers have done it several times. Holmes appears in center stage in Ellery Queen's A Study in Terror. The story was also published in Argosy (Aug '91) as the Adventure of the Surgeon's Kit. The "Holmes" story of the movie was rewritten by Paul W. Fairman and then Ellery Queen added a second solution! In our 2002 interview Edward Hoch stated that just prior to Face to Face, Lee collaborated with Dannay on the framing sections of A Study in Terror added to Paul W. Fairman's novelization of the film.
In A Study in Terror the ever popular Sherlock Holmes, his brother
Mycroft and his companion Dr.Watson search for the
Victorian serial killer.
Mycroft, Holmes brother at the
behest of the Prime Minister, intercedes with his brother to help solve
the crimes, in a manner favorable to government. Sherlock, though, is more
interested simply in the joys of detection. Jack the Ripper in a well-made and exciting mystery produced,
written and directed by James Hill. This film combines all the elements beloved by fans of
Sherlock Holmes resulting in a satisfying and well-acted mystery. John Neville is
good as the cool, logical Holmes and Robert Morley adds a nice dash of humor to liven up
the story. A Study in Terror is highly recommended for fans of Sherlock Holmes
and should be enjoyed by any viewer who loves vintage mysteries.
As to the writing credits of this movie the answer was clearly given by
Herman Cohen (producer) in an interview he gave Tom Weaver's for his
book Attack of the Monster Movie Makers (Jefferson, North
Carolina: McFarland & Co. 1994) "Donald and Derek Ford get screen
credit for the writing but they didn't write it, although the idea of
combining Holmes and Jack the Ripper was theirs. Michael Klinger and Tony
Tenser had signed them for "their" Sherlock Holmes movie, but they didn't
execute their script properly and I didn't like it. I hired Harry Craig, a
writer that Adrian Conan Doyle (Arthur's son) and Henry Lester liked very
much. He worked closely with me and James Hill, the director, on the final
screenplay, which was based on the original story and screenplay by Donald
and Derek Ford. Harry Craig didn't want a credit because he was doing a
big picture for Columbia at that time."
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