Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed off. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.
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Holmes and Watson investigate a series of bizarre and apparently unconnected murders, and the death of a possible suspect. The trail leads to a society of hypnotists and a mysterious, glamoruos woman. The fiendish Dr Moriarty, though reported hanged in Montevideo, is belived to be involved. Written by
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One of several titles in the Sherlock Holmes series whose original copyrights were apparently not renewed and have thereby fallen into public domain; as a result, seriously inferior copies are presently being offered by a number of VHS and DVD dealers who do not have access to original studio masters. See more »
"Edgware Road" is misspelled ("Edgeware"). See more »
Inspector Gregson of Scotland Yard:
I won't forget that morning, not if I live to be a hundred. I counted the men as they marched out of the yard; they'd hardly slept for weeks. We of the CID had slept even less, but the nightmare that kept us awake was all the same nightmare. That's why we weren't surprised when the commissioner asked us up to the conference room for a bit of a talk. He'd talked to us plenty, we knew that, but it didn't help any to know what was ahead of us.
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In the cast list at the end, Professor Moriarty's name is misspelled as professor Moriarity. See more »
Clue - in this one the murderer plays with a little doll
Hilary Brooks' finest film, playing a beautiful sinister baddie - who's supposed to be in green in a b&w movie and no-one actually tells you she's in green either. Henry Daniell plays Moriarty colder than a refrigerator; George Zucco was mad and Lionel Atwill was pervy but imho I think Daniell was maybe better fitted to play the part of Evil Personified, being cold as ice. But I've always had a soft spot for Zucco however - what a team they made a few years before in SH in Washington! Brooks' housekeeper (subbing Mrs Danvers) and the actual murderer (only briefly seen) complete the Gang of Four.
Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson are as usual marvellously embroiled in solving a series of particularly gruesome crimes - apparently the censors had their say - of murder and mutilation of young women in London. Inspector Lestrade's comedic touches were considered out of place in this one, so we had the extra stolid and rather wimpish Inspector Gregson instead. My daughter pointed out that when Brooks is hypnotising her prey both the characters look into a lily pond with a decidedly wrong reflection looking back! Unless we were both hypnotised into believing it!
But even if it's slightly sub-par it's still another enjoyable entry, at this distance and after 10 viewings I'd have loved a 3 hour directors cut of this to be suddenly found, but alas it will never be! A great (Definitive edition) print works wonders though.
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