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Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls

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Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls
Sherlock Holmes Incident at Victoria Falls DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg UK
FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
BEL.jpg Belgium
LUX.jpg Luxembourg
Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Bill Corcoran
Release Date 1992
Studio Harmony Gold
Banquet et Caisse D'Epargne de l'etat
Banque Paribas Luxembourg
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sherlock Holmes Christopher Lee
Dr. John Watson Patrick Macnee
Lillie Langtry Jenny Seagrove
Edward VII Joss Ackland
Lord Roberts Richard Todd
Theodore Roosevelt Claude Akins
Khumalo John Indi
Gugliamo Marconi Steven Gurney

Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls is an international co-production 1992 made for TV two-part detective movie directed by Bill Corcoran and starring Christopher Lee as Sherlock Holmes and Patrick Macnee as Dr. John Watson. The movie uses Arthur Conan Doyle's characters but has an original plot: King Edward VII asks Sherlock Holmes to safeguard the famous brilliant "Star of Africa" on a trip to Cape Town.

This movie together with Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991) form a series entitled Sherlock Holmes the Golden Years. It was initially announced as a miniseries, but only two films (each in two parts) were made.

The following weapons were used in the film Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls:


Webley .455 Mk III - Mk V

Several characters, including Sherlock Holmes (Christopher Lee), Dr. John Watson (Patrick Macnee), Constantine Mavropolis (Anthony Fridjhon), Cape Town police Superintendent Henry Van Meer (Dale Cutts), and Captain James Morrison (Neil McCarthy), use Webley .455 pre-Mk VI revolvers. The details allow to identify them only marginally: Mk III, Mk IV or Mk V.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

For comparison: Webley Mk III - .455 Webley
Mavropolis, with a Webley revolver in hand, orders safecracker Ram Dhulup (Kessie Govender) to force the work on a tunnel into the vault in Governor's house to steal "Star of Africa".
Holmes holds Watson's Webley revolver during the arrest of Stanley I. Bullard (Alan Coates).
Watson holds his revolver when he and Holmes enter the house of safecracker Ram Dhulup. The Webley has improved model of cylinder to frame lock that first appeared on Mk III.
Another view of Watson's revolver.
Captain James Morrison fires at escaping person who sneaked in his hotel room.
Morrison fires at Matabele warrior Khumalo (John Indi) in the scene in treasure cave..
A good view of Watson's revolver during the arrest of a criminal Bartini, posing as Gugliamo Marconi. The Webley has improved model of cylinder to frame lock that first appeared on Mk III.

Webley .455 Mk VI

Theodore Roosevelt (Claude Akins) uses a Webley .455 Mk VI revolver in one scene. One of the Cape Town police officers carries a revolver in holster that can also be a Mk VI. The story is set in 1910, so Mk VI doesn't fit for this time.

Webley Mk VI - .455 Webley
A Cape Town police officer carries a revolver in holster. The grip matches Webley Mk VI.
Theodore Roosevelt carries a revolver in holster.
Roosvelt shoots a crocodile that attacks his niece Amelia Roosevelt Morrison (Claudia Udy).
Another view of Roosvelt's revolver.
The grip is seen.


Lee-Enfield Mk.I

Lee-Enfield Mk.I (or possibly but less likely nearly identical Lee-Metford) rifles are used by Sherlock Holmes (Christopher Lee), Cape Town police Lt. Grisholm (Ron Smerczak), Gugliamo Marconi (Steven Gurney) (the character turns out to be a criminal Bartini, posing as Marconi), Captain James Morrison (Neil McCarthy), and numerous British soldiers, including native ones. Both MLE and CCLE (Charger Loading Lee Enfield, rifles converted to load from chargers) are seen.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Lee-Enfield Mk.I MLE

Lee-Enfield Mk. I - .303 British
Native soldiers with Lee-Enfield Mk.I and Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III rifles on railway station.
A native soldier with a Lee-Enfield.
The British Corporal aims at an African young man who is suspected in the theft of "Star of Africa".
The British Corporal with a rifle.
Lt. Grisholm aims at the escapee.
The barrel of Lt. Grisholm's rifle.
Grisholm holds his rifle at the background.

Lee-Enfield Mk.I CLLE

Lee-Enfield Mk. I* CLLE (Charger Loading Lee Enfield) - .303 British
Marconi holds a CLLE rifle during the lion hunt.
Holmes holds a CLLE rifle during the lion hunt.
Capt. Morrison carries a CLLE rifle during the lion hunt.
Holmes fires at a lion.
A closeup of the bolt of Marconi's rifle.
A closeup of Holmes' rifle.
A general view of Holmes' rifle.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles are also used by British soldiers. Two rifles are seen, and on both the handguards are wrapped with copper wire in two places. Such wrappings were used to reinforce rifles fitted with No.1 Mk.I Cup Discharger rifle grenade launchers to minimise the risk of the stock cracking. Their appearance here is incorrect for two reason, as firstly such modifications were only ever done to rifles with damaged bores that were no longer suitable for use with normal ammunition (they were stamped EY or GL which stood for "EmergencY use only with ball ammunition" and "Grenade Launching only" respectively) so were only ever used as dedicated grenade launchers, and secondly this modification only began during WW1 which post dates the 1910 setting of the film.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III* - .303 British
For comparison: Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* with No.1 Mk.I Cup Discharger and reinforcements
A British soldier carries a No.1 Mk.III rifle in a flashback scene that depicts the finding of "Star of Africa" in a cave with Matabele treasures. Other soldiers are armed with pre-SMLE rifles.
A soldier on guard at the vault in Governor's house. The handguard is rewound with wire in two places.
Two No.1 Mk.III rifles are seen in hands of native soldiers on railway station (other soldiers are armed with pre-SMLE rifles). Both have wire tape on handguards.

Lee-Enfield Sporter

British soldiers carry sporterized rifles in two scenes (possibly a single prop is reused). They are supposed to be Sporterized Lee-Enfield.

A native soldier carries a sporter rifle.
A soldier of honor guard at the coffin of deceased King Edward VII.
The magazine of soldier's rifle is seen.


Double Barreled Shotgun

A Matabele warrior Khumalo (John Indi) carries a Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers in the scene in the cave.

For comparison: Colt Model 1878 - 12 Gauge
Khumalo cocks one of the exposed hammers of his shotgun.
Khumalo holds a shotgun. Several Lee-Enfield rifles can be seen at the left.
Khumalo threatens Capt. Morrison and Maharani.
A close view of the gun.
Watson takes away the shotgun...
...and gives it to Holmes.

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