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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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Frank Gruber (screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle (adapted from a story by)
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Release Date:
1 February 1946 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Nice Holmes entry with the master sleuth investigating crimes and a stolen jewel See more (67 total) »


  (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

Billy Bevan ... Train Attendant
Geoffrey Steele ... Roland Carstairs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gilbert Allen ... Dining Car Steward (uncredited)

Harry Cording ... Mock (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 (set decorations)
Carl J. Lawrence (set decorations) (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 .... director of sound
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)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (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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  • Hypercube  digital restoration (National Film Museum print) (uncredited)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sherlock Holmes: Terror by Night" - USA (DVD title)
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60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | 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) (2004) (2005) (2009) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #11349)

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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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Lestrade's passenger list gives the forename of Lady Carstairs' son as Roland; however some time later in the guard's van, Holmes refers to him as Ronald.See more »
Lady Margaret Carstairs:I shall report you both to Scotland Yard.
Inspector Lestrade:...But I *am* Scotland Yard.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Nice Holmes entry with the master sleuth investigating crimes and a stolen jewel, 19 February 2011
Author: ma-cortes

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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