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Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (1931)
"The Sleeping Cardinal" (original title)

 -  Crime | Mystery  -  February 1931 (UK)
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A card cheat is threatened with exposure into joining a criminal enterprise that Holmes believes is controlled by Professor Moriarty.

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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Wontner ...
Ian Fleming ...
Dr. John Watson (as Jan Fleming)
Minnie Rayner ...
Leslie Perrins ...
Jane Welsh ...
Kathleen Adair
Norman McKinnel ...
William Fazan ...
Thomas Fisher
Sidney King ...
Tony Rutherford
Philip Hewland ...
Inspector Lestrade (as Phillip Hewland)
Gordon Begg ...
Marston, the butler
Louis Goodrich ...
Harry Terry ...
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Charles Paton ...
J.J. Godfrey
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Card cheat Ronald Adair hears a disembodied voice coming from a painting of a cardinal threatening him with exposure and disgrace unless he becomes part of a criminal conspiracy involving counterfeit money. Adair is reluctant and is later found shot in the head in a bank. Holmes rightly suspects that his arch-enemy Moriarty, the master of disguise, is behind the plot. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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(RCA Photophone System)

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This was thought to be a lost film until a print was discovered in the United States. See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: [to Moriarity] It's very interesting, Moriarity, but your five minutes is up!
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Version of Mortal Fight (1980) See more »

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Good acting in talky story
16 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wontner makes a good Holmes and Fleming makes a good Watson. Mrs. Hudson is a down to earth mum, and Lestrade is a bumbler. Moriarty is etched rather nicely by Norman McKinnel.

The photography and action at the outset are intriguing.

Despite its faults, the acting carries the story. I do like this depiction of Holmes and Watson. I will watch the others done by Wontner, just as I've watched those done by Rathbone and Brett.

The fault is that it's done as a stage play, not as a movie. All or most all the action occurs off stage. In later years, the stories would be enacted quite differently and take advantage of a much broader range of locations. Being stage bound and set bound, it's a talk fest. Should that dissuade you from checking it out? No, I don't think so.


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