A Study in Terror (1965)

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.

Although based on Conan Doyle’s characters, the story is an original one, which has the famous detective on the trail of Jack the Ripper. 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 eventually discovers the true identity of the Ripper.

The film had its world premiere at the Leicester Square Theatre in the West End of London on 4 November 1965. A Study in Terror presents the first film appearance of Mycroft Holmes.


Directed by James Hill
Produced by Henry E. Lester
Herman Cohen
Michael Klinger
Tony Tenser
Written by Derek Ford
Donald Ford
Based on an original story by Derek & Donald Ford based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Starring John Neville
Donald Houston
John Fraser
Anthony Quayle
Robert Morley
Barbara Windsor
Adrienne Corri
Judi Dench
Music by John Scott
Cinematography Desmond Dickinson
Edited by Henry Richardson
Compton-Tekli Film Productions
Sir Nigel Films Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures (US only)
Release date
  • 4 November 1965 (World Premiere, London)
  • 10 August 1966 (US release)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £160,000

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