The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes

The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (German: Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war) is a 1937 German mystery comedy film directed by Karl Hartl and starring Hans Albers, Heinz Rühmann and Marieluise Claudius.

The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes
German poster for The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes
Directed byKarl Hartl
Produced byAlfred Greven
Written byKarl Hartl
Robert Adolf Stemmle
StarringHans Albers
Heinz Rühmann
Marieluise Claudius
Hansi Knoteck
Hilde Weissner
Siegfried Schürenberg
Paul Bildt
Music byHans Sommer
CinematographyFritz Arno Wagner
Edited byGertrud Hinz-Nischwitz
Distributed byUFA
Release date
15 July 1937
Running time
112 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art director Otto Hunte and Willy Schiller. It was shot at the Babelsberg Studios in Berlin.


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, Jawoll, 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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