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Sherlock Holmes - Dressed to Kill

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Dressed to Kill (1946) is the fourteenth and final film in the Rathbone/Holmes series. After over a dozen movies and more than 200 radio appearances as The Great Detective, Rathbone felt it was time to move on to other pursuits. Three identical musical boxes manufactured by an inmate at Dartmoor Prison are sold to three random collectors at an auction house in London. A female antagonist (Patricia Morison) and her accomplices attempt to recover the musical boxes using all means possible, even murder. Watson's old schoolmate, Julian "Stinky" Emery, purchases one of the boxes. After an evening of entertaining Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Emery is murdered and robbed of the recently-purchased musical box. Holmes and Watson investigate and begin to realize that the musical boxes contain more than just a swaggering Australian folk tune.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000EMYKJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James L. on August 25, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce star in their final film as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. This time, the duo is on the tracks of a gang stealing music boxes that mysteriously hold key information that will lead to much money. The music boxes are made in prison by a bank robber, who encodes the clues, but they are sold at an auction before his partners can buy them. There's nothing they won't do to get their hands on the boxes, including murder. There's not much new in this film that hasn't been seen in the other films of the series, although the music box angle is an interesting way of transferring information. Rathbone doesn't play this one with much energy ... maybe he was getting tired of the role, while Bruce is his usual, bumbling self. Although hardly the best in the series, fans of the duo will want to check it out.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lone Ranger on February 14, 2004
Format: DVD
AS I"VE SAID IN A EARLIER REVIEW THESE SHERLOCK HOLMES RESTORATIONS BY M P I ARE JUST WONDERFUL, I DOUBT THAT YOU WILL EVER FIND BETTER COPIES OF THESE WONDERFUL FOLIOS ( AS HOLMES WOULD HAVE CALLED THEM ) SO PLACE YOUR ORDER, CRANK UP THE MICROWAVE POPCORN, PUT YOUR FEET UP AND WATCH HOMES DEDUCE THE IMPOSIBLE......
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael Click on April 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Movie: *** _____ DVD Quality: **** _____ DVD Extras: N/A

The final entry in the beloved Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes series relies less on plotting than it does on the expert characterizations of the two leading actors and their onscreen rapport. The mystery is rather simplistic and not particularly compelling: a prison inmate jailed for the theft of Bank of England printing plates has sent out coded clues divulging the location of the hidden plates in three music boxes he has manufactured while in stir. The boxes, intended for his gang, end up in the hands of innocent citizens by mistake. Holmes and Watson become involved in a deadly race to collect the three boxes, crack the code, and find the plates before the prisoner's band of cronies beat them to it.

In their fourteenth outing, the characters of the master sleuth and his sidekick fit Rathbone and Bruce like old, comfortable shoes that are beginning to show their wear. As their deadly adversaries, Patricia Morison, Frederic Worlock, and Harry Cording (remember him as the burly, mute servant in the 1934 film "The Black Cat"?) make an interesting - if unmysterious - trio. The film's name is taken from Morison's character, who has a penchant for dressing to the nines when she's not wearing some sort of disguise. In one scene, a fresh body falls on top of her floor-length white mink, and as she disdainfully pulls the fur out from under the unfortunate victim, she gives the distinct impression of being more worried about her outfit than she is the warm corpse!

The MPI video release features a generally commendable transfer from a 35mm print digitally restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paulie on June 9, 2006
Format: DVD
This was the last entry in the series and while not one of the best, it was still an enjoyable entry. As usual, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce gave excellent performances. At this point in the series Rathbone was tired of his character role and wanted to move on. Patricia Morison who played Hilda Courtney was a very good antagonist of Holmes. The MPI release is much more superior than some of the other poor releases that have been going around for years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko on July 21, 2005
Format: DVD
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(This review is for the DVD version of this movie by "FOCUSfilm" entertainment and released July 2001.)

This movie is, according to the opening credits, adapted from a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 to 1930). This was the last movie in which Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes. (This was also the first time I saw Rathbone play Holmes.)

This movie is concerned with stolen counterfeit Bank of England money plates. Of all things, cheap, identical music boxes that play an old Australian song and that were made in prison by the same inmate seem to hold the key to the plates' hidden location. Also interested in these music boxes are three of this inmate's partners in crime: Mrs. Hilda Courtney (Patricia Morison), Colonel Cavanaugh (Fred Worlock), and Cavanaugh's driver Hamid Yard (Harry Cording).

When murders start occurring, Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. As well, the super-sleuth along with his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) helps with the investigation. An attempted murder also occurs.

My favorite quotation said by Sherlock in this movie:

"The truth can only be found by the painstaking elimination of the untrue."

Basil Rathbone captures the essence of the famous gumshoe in his performance. Nigel Bruce as his bumbling aid also gives a superb and, to me, an unforgettable performance. Also, look for the fine performance of Patricia Morrison as the "femme fatales."

This movie is like a time capsule of 1940's London. As well, the background music adds to each scene.

The DVD picture quality is practically perfect. There are no distracting artifacts. However, voices at the beginning of this movie are a bit muffled but this gets better as the movie progresses.
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