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. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.
In Paris, a down and out medical student Johann Radek (Franchot Tone) is paid by Bill Kirby (Robert Hutton) to murder his wealthy aunt. A knife grinder (Burgess Meredith) is suspected, but Radek keeps taunting the police until they realize that he is the killer. The police and Maigret (Charles Laughton) are led on chases through the streets and over the rooftops of Paris and finally up the girders of the Eiffel Tower.Written by
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Considered a flop on it's release it was quickly forgotten and considered a 'lost film' for several decades. The film fell out of copyright and was not renewed as it was considered an 'indpendent' production and the negative was not in the RKO archives and was considered lost (RKO were the original US distributors but not the copyright owners and the film was picked up by independent distributors in most other countries it was screened in). However two color prints eventually turned up, one purportedly in the 1980s and one in the possession of the estate of Burgess Meredith, who died in 1997. Whilst neither print was in fantastic condition, they were cleaned up as much as reasonably possible and the prints shown on TV and released onto DVD are a mixture of the best surviving elements combined from both prints (reports say the surviving prints were 35mm but visual inspection of the grain in the image seems to indicate that at least one of the prints was originally 16mm and then blown up to 35mm somewhere along the line). See more »
Radek manages to climb from the ground almost to the top of the Eiffel tower, on the outside using the framework only, in record time using no climbing equipment and dressed in street clothes. Although the distance is actually only 300 metres it would take even a professional climber at least a couple of hours as the headwinds and cross currents would make it hugely difficult and time consuming. Yet at times Radek manages to climb faster than the tower elevator can move. See more »