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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.
Dressed to Kill -- A trio of music boxes contains the hidden secret to riches, and a group of criminals will kill for them.


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Leonard Lee (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 June 1946 (USA) See more »
Queen . . . of a Crime Cult !
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 »
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  (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)
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 
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)
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
Crew verified as complete

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  • Hypercube  digital restoration (National Film Museum print)

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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72 min (video version) | 76 min (copyright length)
Color (Black & White and Color) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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) | UK:U (video rating) (1992) | USA:Approved (PCA #11512, General Audience)

Did You Know?

Last of four titles in Basil Rathbone's Holmes films to feature actor Ian Wolfe in a supporting role.See more »
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 »
Hamid:[angrily, after Cavanaugh has grabbed a book of poems from him inscribed by Mrs. Courtney] Some day you'll go too far!
Colonel Cavanaugh:Reaching for a star, you fool!
Hamid:Yet a fool may touch a star, Colonel Cavanaugh, if he reaches high enough!
Colonel Cavanaugh:And not possess it as you would!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in On the Road (2012)See more »
The SwagmanSee more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Can you name that tune?, 16 June 2004
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK

Basil Rathbone stars in his fourteenth and final movie as Arthur Conan Doyle's super detective Sherlock Holmes. An interesting plot and mystery for Holmes and his faithful assistant Dr. Watson(Nigel Bruce)to solve. The title I assume must be referring to the winsome antagonist(Patricia Morison)that tries to find three music boxes before Holmes. Three identical music boxes were made by a prison inmate and sold at auction to three different collectors in London. One of the boxes was traced to one of Watson's old schoolmates(Edmund Breon), who is murdered and robbed of the newly purchased music box. The plot thickens as Holmes and Watson discover that the musical boxes contain more than just playing an old Australian folk song. Also in the cast are: Fredrick Worlock, Patricia Cameron and Carl Harbord.

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