Dressed to Kill (1946 film)
|Dressed to Kill|
|Directed by||Roy William Neill|
|Produced by||Roy William Neill|
|Written by||Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (story)
|Music by||Jack Brooks|
|Editing by||Saul A. Goodkind|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release dates||June 7, 1946|
|Running time||76 min (copyright length) / 72 min (restored version)|
Dressed to Kill, also known as Prelude to Murder (working title) and Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code (in the UK), is the last of fourteen films starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson.
Though not directly based on any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes stories, the film features several references to "A Scandal in Bohemia", with Holmes and Watson discussing the recent publication of the story in The Strand Magazine, and the villain of the film using the same trick on Watson that Holmes uses on Irene Adler in the story. The plot also bears some resemblance to "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons".
Three cheap musical boxes (each one playing a subtly different version of "The Swagman"), manufactured in Dartmoor Prison, are sold at a local auction house. However, a criminal gang is determined to steal and recover all three, even if it means committing murder. Sherlock Holmes tries to recover the music boxes and crack the secret code contained in the tune before the gang can get what they want.
- Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
- Nigel Bruce as Dr. John H. Watson
- Patricia Morison as Mrs. Hilda Courtney
- Edmund Breon as 'Stinky' Emery (as Edmond Breon)
- Frederick Worlock as Colonel Cavanaugh (as Frederic Worlock)
- Carl Harbord as Inspector Hopkins
- Patricia Cameron as Evelyn Clifford
- Holmes Herbert as Ebenezer Crabtree
- Harry Cording as Hamid
- Leyland Hodgson as Tour guide
- Mary Gordon as Mrs. Hudson
- Ian Wolfe as Commissioner of Scotland Yard
- Anita Sharp-Bolster as perspicacious teacher on museum tour
Influence on later Holmesian films
A scene in the film shows Holmes introduce Watson to a man whom he helped escape a murder charge by proving to the police that he was on the other side of London blowing open a safe. In the first episode of the 2010 TV series Sherlock, "A Study in Pink", a similar character is briefly introduced, though this character was housebreaking.
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