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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 »
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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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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:
Commissioner of Scotland Yard:Before going further, Dr. Watson, I must inform you that this matter is not to be mentioned outside this room.
Watson:[Indignantly] Of course not! Do I look like a man of gossip?
Holmes:Let's not go into that now, old fellow, shall we?
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Soundtrack:
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43 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Goodbye old friends - till we meet again, 22 May 2005
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

The last Rathbone Holmes (14/14) is again a slightly weaker affair than most of the preceding entries, another variant of The Pearl of Death this time involving music boxes. Music boxes whose tunes play out the location of the stolen and hidden Bank of England £5 plates no less. Holmes proves he has an inbuilt police whistle and a photographic(?) memory for music, whilst Watson says that he likes brass bands but is tone deaf. The woman here, although a thoroughly bad hat is not The Woman, the one and only Irene Adler who had bested Holmes in 1891, but for most of the film she has the upper hand.

By now the steam had left Rathbone, and although Bruce wanted to carry on and Universal held the copyright until 1949 the series had reached its natural conclusion. Director Roy William Neill had less than a year left to live too. Some lovely bits: Holmes consoling Mrs Hudson, distraught at letting 2 people into 221b who turned it over; Holmes' biscuit jar was seen to good advantage. And yes, the bullet holes in the wall from Faces Death were still there at the end! No matter how bad, mawkish or daft this marvellous series got I've always loved every entry. Watching a clean Definitive DVD of this with a lump in my throat I think of Brian Wilson's line "It's so sad to watch a sweet thing die", without even the dignity of end credits (they're lost).

All things must pass.

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