When Watson reads from the newspaper there have been two similar murders near Whitechapel in a few days, Sherlock Holmes' sharp deductive is immediately stimulated to start its merciless method of elimination after observation of every apparently meaningless detail. He guesses right the victims must be street whores, and doesn't need long to work his way trough a pawn shop, an aristocratic family's stately home, a hospital and of course the potential suspects and (even unknowing) witnesses who are the cast of the gradually unraveled story of the murderer and his motive. Written by
This film is one of the few to show a revolver which Dr. Watson could plausibly have used as his service revolver in the British Army, namely, an Enfield Mk II in .476 caliber (used by Holmes to shoot the vase in the sitting room). It was first fielded in 1880, the year Watson was famously wounded at the Battle of Maiwand. See more »
As the carriage leaves the Carfax stately home (c.82 minutes) the long shot sees Watson with his hat on. The following close-up shows Watson with his hat on his lap. See more »
This is a model B-movie: fast-paced, engaging, atmospheric, full of great twists. Most "A" productions would only wish they were this good! Neville makes a suitably arrogant and surprisingly physical Holmes, and Houston is a perfect Dr.Watson. The director does wonders with an obviously low budget. Much, much better than the similar "Murder By Decree". (***)
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