Thursday, 28 January 2010

Sherlock Holmes: Terror by Night (1946)

Set almost entirely on a train, this features a huge diamond entrusted to the famous detective, which is then promptly stolen. Holmes suspects a colleague of the departed (unless he turns out to be not dead yet again?!) Professor Moriarty, but at least two individuals on the train could be this person... A young woman who clearly has a secret, an old accomplice of Dr Watson's suddenly turning up, a mother who's not grieving the death of her son as much as could be expected... Along with all this Watson repeatedly makes a fool of himself and Lestrade is along for the ride and to make even more of a fool of himself...

I wasn't too sure what to make of this movie... there were many good things about it, but also a lot that just didn't quite ring true. Basil Rathbone's ruthlessly logical Holmes and Nigel Bruce's hopelessly bumbling Watson are near the end of their partnership here and it's easy to see why they were so popular; not their worst film together, but not the best.

See also: Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection review

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1 comment:

jection said...

Holmes is hired by Roland Carstairs to prevent the theft of the Star of Rhodesia, an enormous diamond owned by Carstairs' mother, Lady Margaret. Believing the diamond will be stolen on a train trip from London to Edinburgh, Holmes deftly switches diamonds with Lady Margaret while in her compartment. Soon after, Roland is murdered and the fake diamond is stolen. Red herrings abound as Holmes, aided by Dr. Watson and Inspector Lestrade, discover the murderer's hiding place and deduce that long-time foe Moriarty's henchman Colonel Sebastian Moran is somehow involved in the crime.
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