“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.

“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” preview trailer

More exciting action from the soon to be released Sherlock Holmes sequel, loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem, in which Holmes confronts his arch-nemesis, Professor James Moriarty. No word yet on whether the movie will include an enactment of their famous “baritsu” encounter at Reichenbach Falls …