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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)
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Colonel Cavanaugh (as Frederic Worlock)
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Evelyn Clifford
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Ebenezer Crabtree
Harry Cording ...
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Leyland Hodgson ...
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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

The auctioneer read the address from the log to Colonel Cavanaugh (the villain) not Mr Holmes. When Holmes & Watson visited the auctioneer, the dialogue had Holmes mentioning the (incorrect) address. See more »

Quotes

Holmes: It's a mistake to accept something as true merely because it is obvious.
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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 Spider Woman (1944) 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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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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