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  • Actors: Hans Albers, Paul Bildt, Marieluise Claudius, Hansi Knoteck, Heinz Rhmann
  • Directors: Karl Hartl
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Televista
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KGDNDO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hans Albers and Heinz R++hmann play two out-of-work private detectives who disguise themselves as Holmes and Watson to gain attention and end up chasing counterfeiters and stolen stamps.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 24, 2009
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It's easy enough to buy into this film's conceit: that, back in the day, there were many people in the world who believed that Sherlock Holmes was a real person. THE MAN WHO WAS SHERLOCK HOLMES tells of two down-and-out men who stop and board a train one dark night, one of whom is garbed in a deerstalker hat and checkered coat (instead of an inverness cape) and sports a pipe and a commanding presence. The clever thing with this is that the two men from the outset never actually claim to be the Great Detective and his biographer/assistant Dr. Watson, relying instead on people's assumptions.

So the word spreads that Sherlock Holmes is out and about, and the two men - real names, Morris Flint (Hans Albers) and Macky McPherson (Heinz Rühmann) - end up reaping the benefits, receiving deferential treatment and raking in the best that society has to offer. In very short order, they gain free passage on the train, room and board and adulation in a posh hotel, and elicit consternation from various of the criminal-minded. So successful is the charade that even the police end up requesting their services, presenting Holmes and Watson with a baffling case involving invaluable stolen stamps. To make it even less elementary, the duo find themselves also mixed up in secret codes and hidden caches of money, and tangling with young heiresses, counterfeiters and deadly bank robbers. Can the fake famous detective solve his cases before everyone (but especially the police) learn that Sherlock Holmes doesn't really exist?

This movie was a lot of fun. THE MAN WHO WAS SHERLOCK HOLMES (or DER MANN, DER SHERLOCK HOLMES WAR) is a lighthearted 1937 mystery film with a bit of farce thrown in.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yossarian on September 20, 2010
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This movie was a shot in the dark, having only seen Hans Albers in the Agfacolor feature "Munchausen" (1943), reading that he was the Gary Cooper of Germany and that he protected his Jewish mistress in defiance of nazi racial laws; all this was interesting stuff. But this film was a genuine surprise. The story is fast-paced with the wry humor of a Thin Man movie, with the two main characters Morris Flynn and Macky McPherson (posing as Holmes and Watson) going down a rabbit hole of adventure, intrigue, and eventual romance in the course of their subtrafuge, dodging the underworld (with an almost three-penny-opera pastische of characters)and the police but eventually emerging, battle-scarred but vindicated. The print is excellent, and the production value and acting is first-rate. For lovers of foreign film, this one is definitely worth seeing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By harvey819 on January 3, 2012
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This was a made German movie in 1937. The story was weak, but the staging and production were a good examples of the work that was being done before and during the World War II. I gave it a five for that reason, also because of setting and venue. If you are a true Sherlock Holmes fan this should be part of your collection. If you are buy a used video of any kind from Amazon also buy a DVD cleaning kit. Amazon has them from $5 to $50 a very good investment.
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Like Without a Clue, or Sherlock Holmes younger brother , or the new set of films and series, this film is a derivative.
I would not spoil the film by describing the story line , but for any Sherlock Holmes fan it is a twist that is worth enjoying.
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