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.
Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed off. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.
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
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Early in the movie the discovery of the Star of Rhodesia is shown. The diamond picked out of the mud looks perfectly clear, with sharp edges. However, raw diamonds have rough round edges and appear quite ordinary, with only a hint of regular crystal form. See more »
Movie goers in the late 1930's and 40's thought this team of actors performed exactly how Sherlock Holmes was suppose to be in real life. Basil Rathbone,(Sherlock Holmes),"The Black Cat",'41 always gave an outstanding performance and his very appearance added greatly to his role as the famous English detective from London, England. Nigel Bruce(Dr. John H. Watson),"The Corn Is Green",'45 played the sidekick to Holmes and appeared goofy at sometimes. This entire film dealt with a long train ride, running in and out of compartments and even looking into a coffin. Alan Mowbray,(Maj.Duncan-Bleek),"I Wake Up Screaming",'41 gave a great supporting role and kept Dr. Watson busy playing Gin Rummy during the "Lionel Train Ride" in Black & White! Skelton Knaggs,(Sands),"Bedlam",'46, put his ugly face into the plot and as always gave a great supporting role. If you love Classic Holmes Films and these great veteran actors, this is just one of the great films Rathbone & Bruce appeared in!
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