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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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Julian 'Stinky' Emery (as Edmond Breon)
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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

(at around 1h 7mins) The henchman throws a dagger at Holmes, which sticks in the wall next to the photo on the mantlepiece. Seconds later, when the police enter the room, the dagger has vanished. See more »

Quotes

Holmes: [Holmes and Watson are in a pub to see Joe Cisto, a piano player. Holmes introduces Cisto to Watson] I want to introduce a friend of mine. Dr. Watson, Joe Cisto.
Joe Cisto: Friends of Holmes, are my friends.
Watson: What about Joe?
Holmes: I did a favor.
Joe Cisto: I'll never forget.
Holmes: Yes, I got rid of a charge.
Joe Cisto: Pretty nasty.
Holmes: Nothing less than murder.
Watson: Really?
Holmes: I proved to the satisfaction of the police that at that time of the murder, Joe was stealing a safe.
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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 »

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Follows Pursuit to Algiers (1945) See more »

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The Swagman
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Australian folk song
Played on a music box several times
Played on piano and on violin by Basil Rathbone and whistled by him
Played on piano by Wallace Scott
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Solid Entry in the Rathbone/Bruce Series
21 June 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a solid Sherlock Holmes mystery in the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce series, with an interesting story, a good villainess, and a good pace once it gets going. Although, as with many movies in the series, the plot is not found in any of the original Holmes books, a number of the story elements were drawn or adapted from various Doyle stories. A number of times Watson also makes reference to one of the 'canonical' cases.

The setup is good, and it produces some interesting possibilities. Holmes must not only figure out a peculiar puzzle involving music boxes, but must do so in a race with a criminal gang that is trying to accomplish the same thing. Patricia Morison makes an elegant adversary for Holmes, and Rathbone and Bruce work well together as always.

Although these later movies in the series do not hold closely to the Victorian atmosphere of the originals, most of them are pretty good in their own right, and while this one mostly follows the usual formula, it is an enjoyable entry in the series.


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