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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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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

Watson falters, an instant, as he opens the lid of the musical box after removing it from the biscuit jar, causing the lid to mostly fall closed again for a second, before he lifts if open fully. Yet, the tinkly music continues to play seamlessly, without any interruption from having the lid closed again momentarily. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Cavanaugh: [to a handcuffed Holmes, who is hanging from a beam] You find yourself like Mohanmmed's coffin, Mr. Holmes, suspended between Heaven and Earth.
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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 The House of Fear (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Beware of the "deadly" music boxes
4 April 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Dressed To Kill was the last of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes movies. I rather enjoyed this.

Music boxes are sold at an auction and the buyers of these seem to get killed. Holmes and Watson are called to investigate these killings and learn that a young women, who is the leader of a criminal gang has something to do with them. After attempting to kill Holmes, she is caught at the end.

Joining Basil and Nigel in the cast are Patricia Morison as the gang leader and Holmes Herbert.

Dressed To Kill is a good way to spend just over an hour one evening. Great stuff.

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5.


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