“In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes” (1968 newsreel)

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

This 1968 British Pathe newsreel documents the travels of a party of British Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts as they make an elaborate costumed pilgrimage to Switzerland, including a re-enactment of the fateful battle between Holmes and Professor Moriarty at Reichenbach Waterfall. The party arrives in Meiringen at about 3.40 in the clip.

Objectively, there isn’t a great deal of baritsu on display, but the quick insert shot of Holmes’ foot tripping his nemesis may be a nod towards his skill in the mysterious “Japanese art of wrestling”.

OUT TAKES / CUTS FROM CP 710 – reel 2 of 2 – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Of interest to true baritsu completists, the very end of this second clip (consisting of footage that was not used in the newsreel) features a long shot of the re-enactor playing Holmes grappling with, and then throwing from the path, a mannequin representing Moriarty.

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