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Sherlock Holmes - Terror by Night (Colorized / Black and White) (1946)

Basil Rathbone , Nigel Bruce , Roy William Neill  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey, Renee Godfrey
  • Directors: Roy William Neill
  • Format: Black & White, Color, 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X75K6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,680 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sherlock Holmes - Terror by Night (Colorized / Black and White)" on IMDb

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The legendary Sherlock Holmes plunges us into this thrill ride of a murder mystery set on a speeding passenger train. Holmes has been entrusted to guard the transport of the 400-carat diamond, Star of Rhodesia, but when the gem is stolen, the murders start to mount. Only the masterful Holmes can deduce which of the eccentric and suspicious passengers is the true criminal.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder on the Scotland Express March 17, 2004
The 11th film in Universal's series of Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone as the Great Detective and Nigel Bruce as his faithful companion, Dr. Watson.
With only one more film to go following this 1946 release, it's not surprising that there's little fresh about this entry, but it hardly matters. The draw is still Rathbone and Bruce, as well as Dennis Hoey's Inspector LeStrade, all of whom deliver typically energetic performances.
The setting is novel, though, with Holmes and Watson aboard a train bound from London to Edinburgh, acting as bodyguards for the "Star of Rhodesia," a precious jewel whose owner is murdered.
Of course, a train is the perfect setting for a mystery, but as "Murder on the Orient Express" would prove twenty-eight years later, the claustrophobic atmosphere severely limits the action. But with a brisk running time of only 60 minutes, "Terror by Night" never threatens to bore.
Brian W. Fairbanks
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A ticket to mystery June 29, 2004
By C. Ford
This is not the best of the Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce pairings but nonetheless this is an enjoyable outing.
Terror by Night is one of those I put on late at night to watch curled up on the sofa with a cat by my side. The rhythm of the train and the steadfast bond between Holmes, Watson and Lestrade creates one of the most relaxing murder mysteries ever put on film. The deliberate pace may not please all, but to those with a taste for it this is the mystery equivalent of a good house wine.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holmes entry and the BEST copy! January 2, 2008
First, I want to advise potential purchasers that THIS is the copy of this title that you want. The product information above is NOT correct -- this is the high-quality MPI BLACK AND WHITE original version! It's a nice clear print professionally digitized from 35 mm film and all the others are notably inferior in quality.

Some other reviewers have cut and pasted incorrect information from other sources as well, saying that this one is "colorized," or color... it's not, so be aware of this. Also, the copies that you'll sometimes find at the local dollar store for a buck are worth just about what you pay for them.

As to the story, here we have a black and white Holmes/Watson (Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce) vehicle that is one of the best of the Rathbone/Bruce series. I can watch this film over and over without burning out on it.

Holmes is hired by a nobleman to protect his mother's, Lady Carstairs', "Star of Rhodesia" diamond, a valuable gem with a death-curse on it, for the duration of an overnight train excursion from London to Edinburgh. Moriarty is suspected of having already made one attempt to steal it and Holmes is sure that he'll try again on the train trip. Inspector Lestrade (Dennis Hoey) is also along, officially representing Scotland Yard but dressed in mufti and he's hot-and-cold on Holmes' presence. And plenty of swarthy characters, all acting furtively, are present on board the train.

Sure enough, not only is the bauble stolen but murder (more than one!) is committed as well. It's up to Holmes and Watson to help Inspector Lestrade solve the murders and recover Lady Carstairs' diamond.

Of all the Rathbone/Bruce series of Sherlock Holmes films, this one has the cleanest plot and the best script.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Elementary my dear Watson... this disc is awful April 9, 2003
If you love the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce "Sherlock Holmes" movies like I do, then DO NOT BUY THIS DISC! The film print quality is very poor and the sound is very muddy. The DVD box falsely states a running time of 60 minutes -- but the running time of film they put on the dvd only runs 53 minutes! Do the math. The 7 minutes they cut out are key scenes!!...and the Index of scene selections doesn't even work. Holmes and Watson deserve better...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SUSPENSEFUL!!! September 29, 2005
What makes this a masterpiece "who done it" is that everyone acts suspicious.

Holmes is hired by Roland Carstairs to guard the Star of Rhodesia, a magnificent diamond being transported from London to Edinburgh. Holmes replaces the diamond with a fake that ends up being stolen and Carstairs is murdered. Now, the question is who stole the fake one and killed Carstairs. But Carstairs is not the only one to get murdered. There WILL be others, and for some of you who are trying to figure out who the fiend is, you might just be surprised when the very one you thought done the killing, ends up being killed themselves. Black and White with no curse words or sexual situations and no bloody gore. Just a superb plot with a fairly good directed movie.

I say fairly good because the way the train was shown speeding down the track was obviously done by fast forwarding the film. If a real train was to cut a corner like that one did in the movie, it'd flip off the track. But overall this is a movie worth watching, with great action and suspense(one scene in particular that comes to mind is where Holmes fights desperately to keep from being literally thrown off the train), also, there is drama, intrique, and horror. This is one you can enjoy watching alone to figure out who done it, or share with a friend, family members, or mate.

Get something to eat, preferably buttered popcorn and a Coke (or as I like to eat, Banner chocolate covered almonds and a Coke), turn out the lights, and by all means, make sure you put your sofa or chair against the wall as you enjoy this entertaining film. If you like a good mystery, you'll want to order this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful classic film to enjoy!
My husband and I both loved Terror By Night. I have always been a major fan of anything Sherlock Holmes, and this film was very well acted. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Deidre Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars colorized
this is an excellent movie that has been colorized. I really enjoyed the plot and the ending is very good. I wish they would colorize all black&white movies. no cuss words at all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by steve chubb
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor quality print
I watched this Amazon Prime streaming video mainly because of the description given about the story-line. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NFAToys
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality is marginally watchable; story is a dramatic version of a...
Previous reviews declared this copy unwatchable on streaming video. I'll stop short of that, but picture and sound quality do get in the way of the experience. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Looking_West
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Terrible Quality!
Rented this as instant video and it is virtually unwatchable. Looks like one of those 50-times copied VHS cassettes bought from a street vendor in the 90s. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Granger
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this print.
Seemed like a really bad print that might have been used for TV. Bad print reproduction and film obviously shortened. Ugh.
Published 3 months ago by Gooey
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love All of my Basil Rahtbone "Sherlock Holmes" movies!
After viewing my first Basil Rathbone "Sherlock Holmes" movie, I ended up buying all of the series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Prime is not the Restored Version
I am a huge fan of Sherlock Homes movies with Basil Rathbone. The story and acting in these films is amazing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lie2me
1.0 out of 5 stars This review ONLY for quality and editing for AmazonPrime version
I own the complete set of Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes, so I noticed immediately that this is missing scenes.
Unrestored. Fuzzy visuals, fuzzy sound. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BestDayofMyLife
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Holmes and Watson
A 40's mystery with class and humor. Interesting in reflecting that time period and society of England and its many varied classes of society.
Published 7 months ago by catnip224
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