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Dressed to Kill -- A set of cheap music boxes that people are willing to kill for puts Sherlock Holmes on the case.
Dressed to Kill -- A transsexual murders one of his psychiatrist's patients, and now he's after the prostitute who witnessed it.

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Director:
Writers:
Leonard Lee (screenplay)
Frank Gruber (adaptation)
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Release Date:
7 June 1946 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Queen . . . of a Crime Cult !
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
"Praise From You Is Indeed Gratifying" See more (61 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Doctor Watson

Patricia Morison ... Mrs. Hilda Courtney

Edmund Breon ... 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 ... Tour Guide
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson

Ian Wolfe ... Commissioner of Scotland Yard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen ... Scottish Man at Auction (uncredited)

Frank Baker ... Photographer (uncredited)
Guy Bellis ... Doctor (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Minister on Museum Tour (uncredited)

Marjorie Bennett ... Antique Shop Assistant (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Pub Patron (uncredited)

Lillian Bronson ... Minister's Wife (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Convict at Dartmoor Prison (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Detective Sergeant Thompson (uncredited)
Topsy Glyn ... The Kilgour Child (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ... Pub Patron (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Alfred - Auction House Bookkeeper (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Detective with X-ray Photos (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Pub Patron (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Scotland Yard Undercover Convict in Dartmoor Prison (uncredited)

Eric Mayne ... Man at Auction (uncredited)

Mathew McCue ... Pub Patron (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Pub Patron (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Man at Auction (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Detective at Murder Scene (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Crabtree's Assistant at Auction (uncredited)
Wallace Scott ... Joe Cisto (uncredited)

Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Teacher on Museum Tour (uncredited)
Sally Shepherd ... Tobacconist (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Woman at Auction (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy William Neill 
 
Writing credits
Leonard Lee (screenplay)

Frank Gruber (adaptation)

Arthur Conan Doyle (adapted from a story by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Produced by
Howard Benedict .... executive producer
Roy William Neill .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Maury Gertsman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Saul A. Goodkind 
 
Art Direction by
Martin Obzina 
Jack Otterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
Edward R. Robinson (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Jack P. Pierce .... director of make-up
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
Judson Cox .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... technician (as Glenn E.Anderson)
Bernard B. Brown .... director of sound
Ronald Pierce .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Russell Lawson .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robert Tafur .... stunt double (uncredited)
Robert Tufer .... stunt double: Basil Rathbone (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John J. Martin .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Milton Rosen .... musical director
Richard Hageman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes .... singing voice: "Ya Never Know Just 'Oo You're Gonna Meet" (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Raymond Kessler .... dialogue director
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Prelude to Murder" - USA (working title), USA (DVD title)
"Sherlock Holmes: Dressed to Kill" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
72 min (video version) | 76 min (copyright length)
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Color:
Color (Black & White and Color) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-7 (2013) | Finland:K-18 (2009) (self applied) | Finland:K-15 (2007) (2009) | Finland:K-16 (1947) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code) | UK:U (video rating: Dressed to Kill) (1992) (2004) (2005) (2006) (2009) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #11512, General Audience)

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Trivia:
During the UCLA Sherlock Holmes Restoration Project (1993-2003) they were unable to find any 35mm elements of the main title for this film. The restored version uses a blow-up from a used 16mm television syndication print which was dissolved into the proper point. The main title of the restored version shows a decrease in resolution, increased grain and a reduction in image registration.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Dr. Watson is repeatedly described as having "no ear for music". Yet in two previous films of the series, he is seen both singing and playing the tuba.See more »
Quotes:
'Stinky' Emery:[remarking on one of his music boxes] Charming, isn't it?
Holmes:Quite!
Watson:[bored] They all sound to me like a lot of mice running about a tin roof.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)See more »

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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
"Praise From You Is Indeed Gratifying", 10 August 2001

A suspenseful Holmes and Watson feature about a group of killers out to find three music boxes sold at an auction. The boxes contain something in them that will help lead the crooks to loads of money. Only problem is that Sherlock Holmes is on their trail. Typical good acting and tight direction help this one rise above its somewhat implausible story. The chemistry between Rathbone and Bruce is as ever the binding of the film. Some other good performances are given by Patricia Morrison as a wicked woman and Edmund Breon as "Stinky," a school chum of Watson's. The verbal banter between Morrison and Holmes is for me the most memorable aspect of the film. As I watched the film, the lines slowly crept back into my head. "Praise from you is indeed gratifying Mr. Holmes," and then a line about respecting his memory. Great stuff!

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