Sherlock Holmes – Dressed to Kill | COLORIZED | Old Crime Film | Basil Rathbone

Colorized Classic Movie: Sherlock Holmes – Dressed to Kill – Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.

Sherlock Holmes – Dressed to Kill (1946)
Director: Roy William Neill
Writers: Leonard Lee(screenplay), Frank Gruber(adaptation), Arthur Conan Doyle(adapted from a story by)
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Country: United States
Language: English
Also Known As: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code
Release Date: 24 May 1946 (USA)
Filming Location: Universal Studios – 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Sherlock Holmes is intrigued when Dr. Watson’s friend, Julian ‘Stinky’ Emery, visits and tells them of a strange robbery at his flat the previous night. Stinky is an avid collector of music boxes and has several quite expensive pieces in his vast collection. The previous night, someone broke into his flat and knocked him unconscious when he tried to intervene. All they took however was a simple wooden music box he had bought at auction that day for a mere £2. The box was one of three available for sale and as Holmes and Watson begin to trace the other purchasers, it becomes apparent that someone will stop at nothing, including murder, to retrieve all three. When Holmes learns the identity of the music box maker, he is convinced it contains directions to the retrieval of something very valuable that the government has kept from the public.

“The last in a wonderful cycle of 14 movies that got launched by a different major production company but always kept the brilliant duo of lead actors Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock Holmes and his loyal assistant Dr. Watson. Some say this is a much weaker entry in the series but, quite frankly, I have no idea on what arguments those opinions are based, as this is another marvelously scripted and professionally directed detective adventure! When an old school friend of Dr. Watson is found murdered, Sherlock Holmes immediately suspects that this has something to do with his latest collector’s item purchase, namely a wooden musical box. Two other identical boxes were made by a convicted burglar in prison and the altered melody hides a secret code that leads his accomplices to the location of two stolen Bank of England printing plates! True, the valuable-objects-hidden-at-different-locations premise is somewhat similar to the previous Holmes film “The Pearl of Death” and may therefore come across as unoriginal, but the screenplay contains more than enough variety to make “The Secret Code” another very compelling mystery film. Holmes female opponent, for example, is a truly clever woman who nearly succeeds in setting a trap for our brilliant detective during a very well-mounted sequence. Furthermore, “The Secret Code” is fast-paced and contains loads of terrific dialogues. As usual, Bruce’s character Dr. Watson provides the story with a couple of neat comical moments, most notably the scene in which he tries to comfort a little girl who just got traumatized by imitating the sound of a duck…impressively, I may add.”
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Also Known As (AKA):
(original title) Dressed to Kill
Brazil Melodia Fatal
Brazil (reissue title) Vestida Para Matar
Bulgaria (Bulgarian title) Жажда за убийство
Finland (TV title) Sherlock Holmes ja soittorasioiden salaisuus
Finland Sherlock Holmes ja surmansävel
Finland (TV title) Soittorasioiden salaisuus
France La clef
France (DVD box title) La clé
France (long title) Sherlock Holmes et la clef
France (DVD box title) Sherlock Holmes et la clé
Germany Jagd auf Spieldosen
Germany Todbringende Spieldosen
Germany Sherlock Holmes – Jagd auf Spieldosen
Iran (Persian title) Amaade Baraye Koshtan
Italy (working title) Il mistero del carillon
Japan (Japanese title) シャーロック・ホームズの殺しのドレス
Mexico Melodía mortal
Poland Sherlock Holmes i tajny szyfr
Portugal A Mensageira da Morte
UK (alternative title) Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code
UK Dressed to Kill
USA (DVD title) Prelude to Murder
USA (DVD title) Sherlock Holmes: Dressed to Kill
USA Dressed to Kill


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