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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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One Way Ticket to DEATH..! See more »


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Trivia

The title is not a Biblical quotation from Psalms 91:5: "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night". See more »

Goofs

The exterior shots of the train show different trains, including a model and a continental locomotive. At various times running wrong track on double track lines (UK runs on the left); numbers of carriages increase and decrease; carriage livery incorrect for LMS in 1946 (or earlier), should be LMS single colour "crimson lake"; one carriage seems to be all white (and disappears later); an overhead shot of clerestory roofed trains running wrong track, whilst all the other views are arc roofed, whether model or interior shots. See more »

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: The young lady is taking her mother to Scotland for burial.
Inspector Lestrade: In a coffin?
Sherlock Holmes: That is the customary method, I believe.
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Follows The Woman in Green (1945) See more »

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Clever, brisk and thoroughly entertaining...
12 December 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There's not a second of screen time wasted in telling the tale of the Star of Rhodesia diamond that is stolen aboard an express train--and, of course, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Insepctor LeStrade are all aboard the train, having been advised that someone is going to make an attempt to steal it.

This low-budget Universal entry is easily one of the best of the Universal features co-starring BASIL RATHBONE and NIGEL BRUCE. Bruce is especially funny as he decides to do some investigating himself, with amusing false clues leading him astray. Rathbone is completely suave and relaxed as Holmes, less snappy than usual in the way he treats Watson and much more likable in the role than he has been in other entries.

The plot abounds with the usual assortment of suspicious characters, but of all the supporting players ALAN MOBRAY is the one who stands out as the man who befriends Watson.

Despite the low-budget trimmings and overuse of miniatures to show a train racing through the fog at night, the story is taut and the whole affair is intriguing enough to keep you watching until the unusual ending--where a double twist is completely unexpected.

Highly enjoyable Holmes adventure, well-paced and entertaining.


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