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Sherlock Holmes in "Dressed to Kill" (June 7, 1946)

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Dressed to Kill
 

Released June 7, 1946: (running time 1 hour and 12 minutes) Three people that purchased an inexpensive music box start getting murdered, and a well-dressed woman may be at the bottom of it all.

Produced by Roy William Neill

Directed by Roy William Neill

The Actors: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes), Nigel Bruce (Dr. John H. Watson), Patricia Morison (Mrs. Hilda Courtney), Edmund Breon (Julian 'Stinky' Emery), Frederick Worlock (Colonel Cavanaugh), Carl Harbord (Inspector Hopkins), Patricia Cameron (Evelyn Clifford), Holmes Herbert (Ebenezer Crabtree), Harry Cording (henchman Hamid), Leyland Hodgson (tour guide), Mary Gordon (Mrs. Hudson), Ian Wolfe (Commissioner of Scotland Yard), Harry Allen (Mr. Kilgour, the Scottish man at the auction), Frank Baker (photographer), Guy Bellis (doctor), Wilson Benge (minister on the museum tour), Marjorie Bennett (antique shop assistant), Ted Billings (pub patron), Lillian Bronson (minister's wife), Tom Dillon (Detective Sergeant Thompson), Topsy Glyn (the Kilgour child), Charlie Hall (cab driver), Olaf Hytten (Alfred, the auction house bookkeeper), Boyd Irwin (detective with the X-ray's), Tiny Jones (pub patron), Guy Kingsford (Scotland Yard undercover convict in Dartmoor Prison), William H. O'Brien (detective at the murder scene), Alexander Pollard (Crabtree's assistant at the auction), Wallace Scott (Joe Cisto), Anita Sharp-Bolster (teacher on the museum tour), Sally Shepherd (the tobacconist)

 
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Music Box Murder

As our murder mystery begins, we visit Darmoor prison where an inmate is busy in the wood shop making small wooden music boxes. It seems that part of the rehabilitation of prisoners is to create small objects like ashtrays, waste baskets, music boxes and such, which are then given to a London auction house to sell for whatever they can fetch.

We next visit the auction house as a small wooden music box, of very plain design, is being sold. The music box doesn’t fetch much money, and when the auctioneer presents a second, identical music box for sale, it is sold for much less than the first one. When a third identical music box is presented, it is sold for very little to a Scotch man for his young daughter.

Three small, seemingly identical wooden music boxes, sold to three different people at an auction house in London. When the music box collector who purchased the first music box is murdered, amateur sleuth Sherlock Holmes jumps into action. Unfortunately, he is a step behind the killer when he locates the home of the Scotch fellow who purchased one of the music boxes. It will be stolen from the home only moments before he arrives.

There is one more music box, and the race is on between super sleuth Sherlock Holmes and the well-dressed woman who is always one step ahead of him. Did I say that she was well-dressed? Sheesh, to be more accurate, she was dressed to kill! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
Alexander Pollard
Alexander Pollard
Alexander Pollard, Basil Rathbone, Olaf Hytten
Alexander Pollard, Basil Rathbone, Olaf Hytten
Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone and Frederick Worlock
Basil Rathbone and Frederick Worlock
Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce
Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce
Basil Rathbone and Patricia Morison
Basil Rathbone and Patricia Morison
Basil Rathbone and Sally Shepherd
Basil Rathbone and Sally Shepherd
Basil Rathbone and Wallace Scott
Basil Rathbone and Wallace Scott
Basil Rathbone and Patricia Morison
Basil Rathbone and Patricia Morison
Basil Rathbone with one of the music boxes
Basil Rathbone with one of the music boxes
Carl Harbord
Carl Harbord
Edmond Breon
Edmond Breon
Edmund Breon and Patricia Morison
Edmund Breon and Patricia Morison
Frederick Worlock, Basil Rathbone and Harry Cording
Frederick Worlock, Basil Rathbone and Harry Cording
Frederick Worlock and Holmes Herbert
Frederick Worlock and Holmes Herbert
Frederick Worlock, Patricia Morison, Harry Cording
Frederick Worlock, Patricia Morison, Harry Cording
Frederick Worlock and Patricia Morison
Frederick Worlock and Patricia Morison
Harry Cording
Harry Cording
Harry Cording and Frederick Worlock
Harry Cording and Frederick Worlock
Holmes Herbert
Holmes Herbert
Holmes Herbert and Alexander Pollard
Holmes Herbert and Alexander Pollard
Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe and Basil Rathbone
Ian Wolfe and Basil Rathbone
Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe
Leyland Hodgson
Leyland Hodgson
Mary Gordon and Basil Rathbone
Mary Gordon and Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce
Nigel Bruce
Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce, Carl Harbord, Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce, Carl Harbord, Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce
Nigel Bruce
Patricia Cameron and Marjorie Bennett
Patricia Cameron and Marjorie Bennett
Patricia Cameron and Patricia Morison
Patricia Cameron and Patricia Morison
Patricia Morison
Patricia Morison
Patricia Morison and Edmund Breon
Patricia Morison and Edmund Breon
Patricia Morison and Frederick Worlock
Patricia Morison and Frederick Worlock
Patricia Morison and Harry Cording
Patricia Morison and Harry Cording
Patricia Morison
Patricia Morison
Patricia Morison
Patricia Morison
Topsy Glyn
Topsy Glyn
Wallace Scott
Wallace Scott
Wilson Benge, Lillian Bronson, Leyland Hodgson
Wilson Benge, Lillian Bronson, Leyland Hodgson