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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.

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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:
Pretty Good Atmospheric Holmes Mystery 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)
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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
 
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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1992) | USA:Approved (PCA #11349)

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Trivia:
Veteran actor C. Aubrey Smith appears in a non-speaking role as an elderly man smoking a pipe on a train platform about 49 minutes into the film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: At the station where the police gets on the train there is a sign in the background with the German word "Bahnsteig" on it, which is "platform" in English. There are no German stations on the way from London to Edinburgh.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. John H. Watson:My name's Watson - Dr. Watson.
Prof. William Kilbane:Oh? To what am I indebted for this intrusion?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Pretty Good Atmospheric Holmes Mystery, 30 May 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

One of the many Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce appearing as Holmes and Watson, "Terror By Night" is distinguished by a good, atmospheric setting on a train. Much of the plot itself is fairly routine, but the setting and a good climax make this a worthwhile film.

The action takes place on a train heading from London to Edinburgh, with Holmes being employed to protect a valuable diamond. Not only is there a robbery, but a murder as well, and Holmes must investigate within the confines of the train. Much of it is routine by the standards of the series, but there are a couple highlights, plus a good climax with some interesting final twists.

The train setting is the best aspect of this one. The details of the train's motion and arrangement are done convincingly. They make the film pleasant to watch, and a train is an ideal setting for a Holmes mystery. The setting also allows Bruce, as the well-meaning but bumbling Dr. Watson, to have some of his best moments as he earnestly but unsuccessfully tries to help with the investigation.

While unspectacular, most fans of the Holmes series should find "Terror By Night" pleasant and entertaining.



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