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Terror by Night (1946)

When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner is murdered, Sherlock Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible.

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Holmes is hired by Roland Carstairs to prevent the theft of the Star of Rhodesia, an enormous diamond owned by Carstairs' mother, Lady Margaret. Believing the diamond will be stolen on a train trip from London to Edinburgh, Holmes deftly switches diamonds with Lady Margaret while in her compartment. Soon after, Roland is murdered and the fake diamond is stolen. Red herrings abound as Holmes, aided by Dr. Watson and Inspector Lestrade, discover the murderer's hiding place and deduce that long-time foe Moriarty's henchman Colonel Sebastian Moran is somehow involved in the crime. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Sherlock Holmes: Thank you, Lady Margaret. We'll be as unobtrusive as possible.
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Nice Holmes entry with the master sleuth investigating crimes and a stolen jewel
19 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

Good film of the splendid Sherlock Holmes-Basil Rathbone and his loyal companion Watson-Nigel Bruce series including a first-range nasty , a Doctor Moriarty's disciple , named Sebastian Moran. When the fabulous Star of Rhodesia diamond is robbed on a train bound from London to Scotland and the son of its owner is killed , Holmes and Watson help Inspector Lestrade - a likable Dennis Hoey as botcher as Nigel Bruce - which of his suspect fellow passengers is culprit. The main suspicious turn out to be Sebastian Moran . The viewer must discover which of the passengers he impersonates. Who's the killer and the thief?.

Penultime outing in the Rathbone / Bruce Sherlock Holmes series with the master sleuth up a fabled jewel robbing and against a series of murder on a London to Edinburgh train . Holmes must discover the thief murderous and the responsible ultimately results to be the Colonel Sebastian Moran , an arch-villain and Dr Moriarty's hoodlum.

This whodunit film has a fine atmosphere , it's in black and white with lights and shades that originate a suspenseful setting aboard the train . Set design is of first rate , the movie is very atmospheric .Basil Rathbone's interpretation is magnificent, he's the best Sherlock Holmes in the cinema , likeness to Peter Cushing and Jeremy Brett in television. Basil Rathbone as Holmes plays in a clever, broody and impetuous manner. Nigel Bruce plays as Watson with humor, goofy and joy , he's the perfect counterpoint to Holmes. The motion picture is professionally directed by Roy William Neill who mostly filmed all the entries of the magnificent series . After that , Basil Rathbone starred ¨Dressed yo kill¨ his last Sherlock . One time terminated the movie , Basil Rathbone dreary in Holmes character decided killing him, such as Arthur Conan Doyle made dropping Holmes into Falls of Reichenbach . This decision along with breaking radio-broadcasting proceeded long time ago, originated the followers were deeply annoyed and Nigel Bruce got anger, but he early died. After Rathbone only played Holmes as a parody in ¨Milton Berle show¨ and on Broadway stage about playwright written by his wife Ouida and with Thomas Gomez as Moriaty. In spite of various historic and important roles performed by Rathbone such as ¨Disraeli and Svengali¨, none surpassed his immortal character, the ideal role for Rathbone and that gave him fame and money . Rating : Better than average , 7/10 . Well worth watching


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