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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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Julian 'Stinky' Emery (as Edmond Breon)
Frederick Worlock ...
Colonel Cavanaugh (as Frederic Worlock)
Carl Harbord ...
Inspector Hopkins
Patricia Cameron ...
Evelyn Clifford
Holmes Herbert ...
Ebenezer Crabtree
Harry Cording ...
Hamid
Leyland Hodgson ...
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Mary Gordon ...
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Commissioner of Scotland Yard
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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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Mystery

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7 June 1946 (USA)  »

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Prelude to Murder  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

Dr. Watson refers to having met the King of Bohemia. This refers not to the land of the Czechs, but to an imaginary place of the same name, created by Sir 'Arthur Conan Doyle' for the Holmes adventures. See more »

Quotes

Holmes: The truth can only be found by the painstaking elimination of the untrue.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) See more »

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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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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