Terror by Night (1946)
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as Sherlock Holmes
as Dr. John H. Watson
as Maj. Duncan-Bleek / Col. Sebastian Moran
as Inspector Lestrade
as Vivian Vedder
as Lady Margaret Carstairs
as Train Attendant
as Prof. Kilbane
as Ronald Carstairs
as Mrs. Shallcross
as Mr. Shallcross
as Mock Sr.
as Mock Jr.
Critic Reviews for Terror by Night
These production-line pulp yarns -- Hollywood's Bazooka Bubble Gum -- couldn't have given the terrific Rathbone any sense of challenge or growth as an actor. Nor do they ask much of the viewer, but they can be undemandingly entertaining period bric.
In this very short film ... so much comic relief feels like desperate attempts to pad an already skimpy story.
Penultimate Rathbone Holmes has its moments.
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Audience Reviews for Terror by Night
I for one think Basil Rathbone played the best Sherlock Holmes. This movie has Holmes and Watson on a train en route from London to Edinburgh, They are there to protect The Star Of Rhodesia. A huge Diamond held by the Carstairs family. Of course we are lead to believe the diamond is stolen, and has Holmes bundled the case. There are so many suspects in this 60 minute classic. The ending provides quite a twist. I'm sad to say the film I watched was not a UCLA 35mm "restored" process team edition, but some company taking advantage of this film being in public domain and the film quality showed. You can also watch this film here on Flixster for free. Even though film quality was so poor, it was still worth 4 stars as a Holmes Classic.
Basil Rathbone is as great as ever and Nigel Bruce is as much of a bumbly mess as ever.
I will have to agree with Henrik Shunk ,another Flixster user. I am not a big fan of the Rathbone versions of Sherlock Holmes. "They are very pulp, render Watson to a doofus and are usually extremely patriotic (Holmes was British !). Anyhoo this is one of the better films Rathbone/Bruce made. The usual mix of sleuthing, screwball humour and film noir visuals. Highly recommended if you are a fan of Holmes or the classic whodunnit. The conclusion is a bit obvious though."
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