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Terror by Night -- When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner murdered, Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible.
Terror by Night -- Holmes is hired by Roland Carstairs to prevent the theft of the Star of Rhodesia, an enormous diamond. Believing the diamond will be stolen on a train trip from London to Edinburgh, Holmes deftly switches diamonds with Lady Margaret . Soon after, Roland is murdered and the fake diamond is stolen.

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Director:
Writers:
Frank Gruber (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle (adapted from a story by)
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Release Date:
1 February 1946 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One Way Ticket to DEATH..! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
All aboard for murder! See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Dr. John H. Watson

Alan Mowbray ... Maj. Duncan-Bleek
Dennis Hoey ... Inspector Lestrade
Renee Godfrey ... Vivian Vedder
Frederick Worlock ... Prof. William Kilbane (as Frederic Worlock)
Mary Forbes ... Lady Margaret Carstairs
Skelton Knaggs ... Sands - Moran's Accomplice

Billy Bevan ... Passenger Car Attendant Taking Tickets
Geoffrey Steele ... Hon. Roland Carstairs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gilbert Allen ... Dining Car Steward (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Mock - Coffin Maker (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ... Inspector MacDonald (uncredited)
Gerald Hamer ... Alfred Shallcross (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Man on Train Platform (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Constable (uncredited)
Charles Knight ... Guard (uncredited)
Janet Murdoch ... Mrs. Shallcross (uncredited)
Tom Pilkington ... Baggage Car Attendant (uncredited)

C. Aubrey Smith ... Elderly gentleman on train station (uncredited)
Bobby Wissler ... Mock's Son (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy William Neill 
 
Writing credits
Frank Gruber (screenplay)

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
John B. Goodman 
Abraham Grossman 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Carl J. Lawrence  (as Carl Lawrence)
 
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
 
Sound Department
Jack A. Bolger Jr. .... technician
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
 
Music Department
Milton Rosen .... musical director
Ralph Freed .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Richard Hageman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... composer: stock music (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sherlock Holmes: Terror by Night" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
60 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-7 (2013) | Finland:K-15 (2009) | Finland:K-18 (2009) (self applied) | Finland:S (1947) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1992) | USA:Approved (PCA #11349)

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Trivia:
The stolen teapot appears to have come from the Beacon Hotel.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Inspector MacDonald gets on the train he is accompanied by three policemen. When he takes Sebastian Moran (actually Lestrade) off, there are only two policemen with him.See more »
Quotes:
Sherlock Holmes:Thank you, Lady Margaret. We'll be as unobtrusive as possible.
Lady Margaret Carstairs:That would be a novelty from a policeman.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
All aboard for murder!, 15 May 2005
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

Or so the trailer for Terror By Night went, also "A thrill a mile at 90 miles an hour". This means with a meagre "running" time of 57 minutes I should have had 85.5 thrills, and does this astounding feat of mathematic calculation make me Colonel Sebastian Moran?!

I've always enjoyed this penultimate Rathbone Holmes film, although my daughter (Chunky Chops) has always been rather bored by it and only ever watches it again because we've usually seen the previous twelve outings in quick succession. Rathbone was certainly getting fed up with the role by now and it showed. However, it's a pleasant whodunnit, with many scenes and accents to either admire or hoot at. Universal couldn't have had a large bill for the sets, as nearly all the action is on board a train - the London to Scotland where a murder has been committed to gain possession of a privately owned huge diamond.

Apart from its shortness the only other thing to slightly let TBN down for me is the climactic fight - where fantasy becomes the far-fetched involving the ultimate non-sequiteur I believe! A nice little film for the discerning viewer who paradoxically doesn't want to think too much but simply revel in the atmosphere and the 85.5 thrills of the chase!

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