Silver Blaze (1937 film)

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Silver Blaze
"Silver Blaze" (1937).jpg
U.S. poster
Directed by Thomas Bentley
Produced by Julius Hagen
Written by Arthur Conan Doyle (story "Silver Blaze")
H. Fowler Mear (adaptation)
Arthur Macrae
Starring Arthur Wontner
Ian Fleming
Cinematography Sydney Blythe
William Luff
Edited by Michael C. Chorlton
Alan Smith
Release date
July 1937
Running time
71 minutes
USA: 65 minutes (TCM print)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Silver Blaze is a 1937 British, black-and-white crime and mystery film, based loosely on Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "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]


In the 1930s, Sherlock Holmes 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[edit]

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."[3]



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