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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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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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Mention is made by Watson of two stories from the original canon, "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Solitary Cyclist." See more »

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In the close-up of the woman's hand holding Sherlock Holmes's calling card, the fingers have red nail polish. In the very next shot, the woman does not have nail polish. See more »

Quotes

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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Follows Terror by Night (1946) See more »

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London Bridge is Falling Down
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Traditional children's song
Played on a music box at the toy store
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The Last of the Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes Stories
20 February 2004 | by (New York, N.Y.) – See all my reviews

"Dressed to Kill" puts Sherlock Holmes and the devoted but bumbling Dr. Watson on the trail of a ruthless gang intent on securing - by hook, crook or thrown dagger - three seemingly innocuous music boxes. The boxes come from a workshop in one of England's famous prisons. Perhaps vocational rehabilitation of cons has its downside.

The conspirators - a suave gentleman-type, a thuggish chauffeur and a beautiful woman - come close to writing finis to Holmes's career and his life. Of course they can not succeed where Dr. Moriarty has failed.

Set in a London past the time of Conan Doyle, the film features a never to be overused "follow that cab" episode. The usually exclusively cerebral Holmes here actually does some strenuous exercise and proves handy with a revolver.

Fun to watch, this isn't the best Rathbone/Bruce Holmes film but it's pleasant enough for a late, cold winter night's entertainment.

7/10.


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