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Silver Blaze (1937 film)

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Silver Blaze
U.S. poster
Directed byThomas Bentley
Written byArthur Conan Doyle (story "The Adventure of Silver Blaze")
H. Fowler Mear (adaptation)
Arthur Macrae
Produced byJulius Hagen
StarringArthur Wontner
Ian Fleming
CinematographySydney Blythe
William Luff
Edited byMichael C. Chorlton
Alan Smith
Music byH. Baynton Power
Distributed byAssociated British Picture Corporation
Release date
  • July 1937 (1937-07)
Running time
71 minutes
USA: 65 minutes (TCM print)
CountryUnited Kingdom

Silver Blaze is a 1937 British, black-and-white crime and mystery film, based loosely on Arthur Conan Doyle's 1892 short story "The Adventure of Silver Blaze". It was directed by Thomas Bentley, and was produced by Twickenham Film Studios Productions. It stars Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes, and Ian Fleming as Dr. Watson.[1] In the United States, the film was released in 1941 by Astor Pictures, where it was also known as Murder at the Baskervilles, retitled by distributors to capitalize on the success of the Basil Rathbone Holmes film, The Hound of the Baskervilles.[2]

It is the last film in the 1931–1937 film series starring Wontner as Sherlock Holmes.[3]



In the 1930s, Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Wontner) takes a holiday by visiting his old friend, Sir Henry Baskerville (Lawrence Grossmith). Holmes' vacation ends when he and Watson suddenly find themselves in the middle of a double-murder mystery; they must find Professor Robert Moriarty (Lyn Harding) and Silver Blaze before the horse race, and bring the criminals to justice.



Critical reception


In a retrospective review, TV Guide wrote that the film "suffers from too slight a plot stretched out to feature length. Wontner is good in his final portrayal of the great detective, and the film does have some interesting moments; but on the whole this is lackluster Holmes, an all too elementary case."[2]


  1. ^ "Silver Blaze". BFI. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Murder At The Baskervilles". TV Guide.
  3. ^ Barnes, Alan (2011). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Titan Books. p. 240. ISBN 9780857687760.