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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:
Arthur Conan Doyle (story) and
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:
Solid Entry in the Rathbone/Bruce Series See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Dr. John H. 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)
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)
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)
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Directed by
Roy William Neill 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Conan Doyle (story) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Frank Gruber  adaptation
Leonard Lee  screenplay

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 
Edward R. Robinson 
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Jack P. Pierce .... director of makeup
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
Judson Cox .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... technician
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
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)
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
 
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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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Language:
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-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1992) | USA:Approved (PCA #11512, General Audience)

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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: 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:It's a mistake to accept something as true merely because it is obvious.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in On the Road (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
The SwagmanSee more »

FAQ

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Solid Entry in the Rathbone/Bruce Series, 21 June 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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