Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)
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Christopher Lee makes this film bearable. He saves the day. I have seen the film a while ago, and that's what I remember the most: that the story is mediocre at best, but Lee is so talented he could make an awful script worthy enough to watch. His persona is perfect material for Holmes. His authority and substance fill the screen. Aesthetically, the picture is reminiscent of the silent films made in the first decades of cinema, a fitting atmosphere for a Sherlock Holmes adventure.
The Deadly Necklace
Starring: Christopher Lee and Thorley Walters
Director: Terence Fisher
This 1962 German film (with its two British stars and a British director) has very little to recommend it. The script is like a reject from the Universal series starring Basil Rathbone (with everything I don't like about the weaker efforts among those amplified ten-fold here, most notably Watson being portrayed as a bumbling, retarded simpleton), with an unbearably bad score. (Christopher Lee has supposedly said that he is pleased with the film. While I won't quibble with his opinion that he and Walters more closely resemble Holmes and Watson than any other on-screen pair, I don't think it's enough for anyone to be pleased with this weak effort.)
The plot of "Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace" sees Holmes and his arch-nemisis Professor Moriarity matching wits over an Egyptian necklace owned by Cleopatra, witih it being stolen and re-stolen several times through the film. There are a couple of interesting moments between Holmes and Moriarity (who is played by an appropriately sinister actor), but the downside is that they feel like they belong more in a hard-boiled, pulp fiction detective novel than a Holmes adventure.
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