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Dressed to Kill (1946)

 -  Mystery  -  7 June 1946 (USA)
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Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.

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A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison hides the location of the stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes start to be murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Queen . . . of a Crime Cult !

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Prelude to Murder  »

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Trivia

The ploy of using a bogus fire to reveal the location of a hidden item is taken from "A Scandal in Bohemia" and connections are made between Mrs. Courtney and that story's villainess, Irene Adler. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Holmes: It's a mistake to accept something as true merely because it is obvious.
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

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Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
(1867)
Composed by Johann Strauß
Played on a music box at the toy store
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Goodbye old friends - till we meet again
22 May 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

The last Rathbone Holmes (14/14) is again a slightly weaker affair than most of the preceding entries, another variant of The Pearl of Death this time involving music boxes. Music boxes whose tunes play out the location of the stolen and hidden Bank of England £5 plates no less. Holmes proves he has an inbuilt police whistle and a photographic(?) memory for music, whilst Watson says that he likes brass bands but is tone deaf. The woman here, although a thoroughly bad hat is not The Woman, the one and only Irene Adler who had bested Holmes in 1891, but for most of the film she has the upper hand.

By now the steam had left Rathbone, and although Bruce wanted to carry on and Universal held the copyright until 1949 the series had reached its natural conclusion. Director Roy William Neill had less than a year left to live too. Some lovely bits: Holmes consoling Mrs Hudson, distraught at letting 2 people into 221b who turned it over; Holmes' biscuit jar was seen to good advantage. And yes, the bullet holes in the wall from Faces Death were still there at the end! No matter how bad, mawkish or daft this marvellous series got I've always loved every entry. Watching a clean Definitive DVD of this with a lump in my throat I think of Brian Wilson's line "It's so sad to watch a sweet thing die", without even the dignity of end credits (they're lost).

All things must pass.


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