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Dressed to Kill (1946)

Approved | | Mystery | 7 June 1946 (USA)
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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Ebenezer Crabtree
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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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The last of fourteen films based on Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional consulting detective Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson. See more »

Goofs

When Sherlock goes to see the auctioneer to ascertain who purchased the music boxes, he reads the purchasers address from the log and says its on "Hampton Way" In the next scene he visits the house on Hampton Road. He also mentions the "correct" street, Hampton Road in a subsequent scene. See more »

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Holmes: I think the gentleman on the floor requires some medical attention. We must see he looks his best, you know, when he's hanged.
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This movie's final credit sequence rolled over a scene of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce leaving Dr. Johnston's house. This sequence was later removed by a TV distributor and has been replaced with a THE END frame from one of the earlier Sherlock Holmes films. See more »


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Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
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Music (17th century) attributed to Rory Dall O'Cahan
Played on violin zt Baker Street by Basil Rathbone
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Can you name that tune?
16 June 2004 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Basil Rathbone stars in his fourteenth and final movie as Arthur Conan Doyle's super detective Sherlock Holmes. An interesting plot and mystery for Holmes and his faithful assistant Dr. Watson(Nigel Bruce)to solve. The title I assume must be referring to the winsome antagonist(Patricia Morison)that tries to find three music boxes before Holmes. Three identical music boxes were made by a prison inmate and sold at auction to three different collectors in London. One of the boxes was traced to one of Watson's old schoolmates(Edmund Breon), who is murdered and robbed of the newly purchased music box. The plot thickens as Holmes and Watson discover that the musical boxes contain more than just playing an old Australian folk song. Also in the cast are: Fredrick Worlock, Patricia Cameron and Carl Harbord.


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