The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes

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The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes
German poster for The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes
Directed by Karl Hartl
Produced by Alfred Greven
Written by Karl Hartl
Robert Adolf Stemmle
Starring Hans Albers
Heinz Rühmann
Marieluise Claudius
Hansi Knoteck
Hilde Weissner
Siegfried Schürenberg
Paul Bildt
Music by Hans Sommer
Cinematography Fritz Arno Wagner
Edited by Gertrud Hinz-Nischwitz
Release date
Running time
112 min.
Country Germany
Language German

The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (German: Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war) is a German mystery comedy of 1937, directed by Karl Hartl.


Detective Morris Flynn (Hans Albers) and his assistant Macky McMacpherson (Heinz Rühmann), masquereading as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, investigate two attractive sisters, Mary and Jane Berry, and the theft and forgery of valuable postage stamps.


Lexikon des Internationalen Films calls it a swinging, lively comedy. Albers and Rühmann have been two longtime major stars of German cinema and are still known for the main song in this movie, Jawohl, meine Herr'n.


The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes was released on DVD on 24 March 2009.[1]


  • R. A. Stemmle: Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war. Roman nach dem gleichnamigen Film von R. A. Stemmle und Karl Hartl. Droemer Knaur, München / Zürich 1981, ISBN 3-426-00730-4
  • Michael Ross (Hrsg.): Sherlock Holmes in Film und Fernsehen. Ein Handbuch. Baskerville Bücher, Cologne 2003, ISBN 3-930932-03-2


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